Ulster Society of Organists and Choirmasters

U.S.O.C. Newsletter - November 1998

AN ALL IRELAND FINAL

For our last meeting of the current season we have invited Valerie Ireland to talk to us about her approach to the training of a church choir and in particular the development of young voices. With her will be Strandtown Primary School Choir of which she is Directrice and which in 1996 won the UTV Choir of the Year Competition. Valerie was one of the adjudicators in this year's competition, and has herself had a wide range of experience singing in both church and secular choirs. The meeting will be held at Saint Molua's Church, Stormont, at 3 pm on Saturday 14th November.

UNANSWERED QUESTIONS

To date just over 40 of the questionnaires sent out some time ago have been returned which means that about 75% of our members have not yet replied. Would it be unnecessarily cynical to conclude that this apparent reluctance to do so is as significant as anything written on the questionnaires received? I wonder. Words like apathy keep creeping into my head!

Anyway, if yours happens to be one of the 120 questionnaires not returned, I would be immensely cheered and encouraged if you could spare a few minutes to complete and return it to me. Even if your attendance at USOC meetings is rare, it is important for us to know whether this is due to personal circumstances or our failure to produce an attractive programme - and this we cannot know unless you tell us!

With a later circular I hope to include an analysis of replies received.

CORRIGENDA

On your new USOC Membership List please note the following amendments:

DOGGART Andrew J
His postcode is ................., and his diploma MIPSM.

GREGORY Jonathan
Tel nos ............ (home), ............... (song school)
With the Choir of Leicester Cathedral Jonathan has spent two weeks this summer touring Japan.

YOUNG James
Change of address to: .................................
Organist of Immanuel, Ardoyne and of St Clement's, Belfast.

HAMILL Stephen, BSc, LTCL (Please add his name to list)
................................

NEED A PIANO?

Member Gerald Hill has informed me of an upright Hyundai piano, six years old, in pristine condition, for sale at around 1,200; if interested contact Mrs C Finlay, 01232 657212.

YORK IN MAY

Plans are now under way for next year's weekend air tour (May 1st-3rd) which will be based in York and details are given on the sheet attached. Only 37 flight tickets are available so it will be first come, first served.

SHARE A NEW SONG

At the Corrymeela Centre, Ballycastle, from 6th to 8th November '98, a three-day residential course will be run for singers and instrumentalists interested in exploring new styles of church music. For the full three days the charge will be 50.00 (35.00 for the unsalaried) and USOC members would be welcome. For further details 'phone Susan Rocke, 01232 481621

REMINDER TO COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Meeting at the Callender residence, 7 30 pm Saturday 7th November. If unable to attend please inform Honorary Secretary.

AND FINALLY just a gentle reminder about the questionnaire; if yours is not already in my hands please send it scuttling off to Bangor prontissimo.

Sincerely yours,

RODNEY BAMBRICK

Honorary Secretary

RSB/IAFH
19/10/98


YORK, LEEDS AND HUDDERSFIELD : USOC WEEKEND AIR TOUR MAY 1st-3rd 1999

York is unquestionably one of Britain's most attractive and interesting cities and within easy reach are some truly remarkable churches and organs. Although the itinerary has still to be finalized venues which we plan to visit include York Minster, Selby Abbey, Beverley Minster, Leeds Parish Church and Town Hall, Huddersfield Town Hall, and the Parish Churches of Doncaster and Hull. And there will be more!

ACCOMMODATION

Dinner, bed and breakfast at Holgate Hill Hotel in York; all rooms en suite; only six single rooms available so if you want one reply pronto! Twin room occupation by one person would entail an additional charge of 50.00 but would be possible for a limited number.

TRANSPORT

British Airways flight to Manchester from Belfast City Airport departing on Saturday 1st May at 7 am, returning to Belfast the following Monday at about 8 30 pm. Only 37 tickets are available for the outward journey so they will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. From Manchester Airport private coach transport will be provided on all three days of the tour. For members wishing to extend their stay it will probably be possible to obtain return flight tickets for a later date.

OVERALL CHARGE

240.00 per person including: two nights dinner, bed and breakfast; lunches en route, return flight tickets and private coach transport throughout the weekend. Single rooms (only 6) available at a supplementary charge of 4.00 per person.

HOW TO BOOK

Complete the reply-slip below and return it to the Honorary Secretary with a deposit of 40.00 by 30th November. Balance of payment by 31st March 1999.


USOC WEEKEND AIR TOUR MAY 1st-3rd 1999

Member's Name: ____________________________________ Tel No: ______________________

Please reserve ____ place/s for me and for _____________________________________________

As deposit a cheque for 40.00 per person (payable to USOC) is enclosed.

Delete as appropriate:

I shall be willing to share a twin-bedded room with ______________________________________

If you don't wish to name anyone in particular with whom you would be willing to share a room write "Another USOC Member" and I shall consult you by telephone regarding any sharing arrangement proposed.

I shall require a single room

I would like to return from Manchester on ______________________________________________

NB
Only 6 single rooms available. A limited number of twin rooms could be used as singles but at an extra charge of 50.00. Would you be willing, if necessary, to pay this single occupancy supplement? YES/NO

Return by 30th November to Honorary Secretary: R S Bambrick, 1B Beverley Hills, Bangor, BT20 4NA

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