This year's Annual Members Concert to be presented at Belfast Cathedral at 3 pm on Saturday 14 June will feature three organs (the Harrison plus two chamber organs) and four organists - Timothy Allen, Richard Campbell, David Drinkell and Nigel McClintock.
The mini-poster enclosed gives details : to encourage non-members to attend please display it as publicly as possible and, if you wish, make additional copies.
Our Kent/Sussex weekend in May was a wonderful experience described by one member as "the best trip to date." For your Honorary Secretary one disappointing aspect of the exercise is that of 43 participants only 10 have so far returned their personal assessment sheets! Collectively these could form a useful basis for determining the shape of future tours so if you are one of the 33 please let me have your assessment as soon as possible. NOW would be nice!
ORGAN STUDIES IN SCOTLAND
From Monday 21 to Friday 25 August the British Institute of Organ Studies is holding a residential conference in Aberdeen at which USOC members would be welcome. Accommodation will be provided at the University and tours arranged to organs in the area. The overall charge (including meals and accommodation) is £195. Contact me if you would like a sheet giving details, and booking form.
"The position will involve working as part of a team in leading and co-ordinating the large pool of singers and musicians in a wide-ranging music ministry." Further details from the Rector, Canon J McCammon, tel: 01846 662865.
STORMONT PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
"We seek a competent person with imagination and willingness to experiment, to enrich the worship and enhance the total life of the church through music." (!) Details from Mr Sam Skillen, tel: 01232 463469.
DUNDONALD METHODIST CHURCH, BRANIEL
"Seeks someone who can bring enthusiasm, skill and Christian commitment to the post of organist and choir leader." They have a two-manual pipe organ. Contact Revd Derek Johnston, tel: 01232 795053.
SAINT DOROTHEA'S PARISH CHURCH, GILNAHIRK
Keen choir and one-manual/pedals organ; applications to Revd T Kinaghan, tel:01232 791748.
SAINTFIELD PARISH CHURCH
Small choir and two-manual pipe organ; enquires to Revd A S Delamere, tel: 01238 510286.
LEGACURRY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Two-manual electronic organ and mechanical action choir; details from Revd C McMullan, tel: 01846 679824. And just in case you are tempted to suspect that it might be no more than an item on the lunch menu of an Indian restaurant I should perhaps tell you that Legacurry is on the road from Hillsborough to Carryduff (vice versa if you prefer).
How's that for choice! But do please note that if you happen to be incompetent, unimaginative or just plain unexperimental you are unlikely to receive a warm welcome at Stormont; and if you have only limited experience of dealing with "pools of singers and musicians" you could find yourself out of your depth in Lisburn. You have been warned!
At St George's Church, Belfast, on Saturday 21 June at 8 pm : A programme of light tuneful music for a summer's evening presented by Bangor Grammar School Brass Ensemble (directed by Ian Hunter) with Gillian McCutcheon (clarinet) and Jonathan Rea (piano). Admission (including a glass of wine) £4.50 : Students £2.50.
Since this is the last secretarial salvo you are likely to suffer till after our summer siesta, you might like to note the date for this year's Annual Dinner : Friday 18 September. Details in due course.
Members of committee are reminded of the meeting to be held at 7.30 pm on Saturday 31 May at the home of Eileen Kerr, 3 Mount Royal, Banbridge. Please let me know if you cannot be present.
Finally, my best wishes to you for your summer vacation. Your Honorary Secretary plans to dander around the Dolomites and then to hop over to Haarlem. May see you there!
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