Ulster Society of Organists and Choirmasters

U.S.O.C. Newsletter - October 1999


Our next meeting - on Saturday 9th October at Ravenhill Presbyterian Church, Belfast - will take the form of a one-day organ workshop conducted by Anne Marsden Thomas, one of Britain's leading experts in the field of organ tuition and Director of St Giles Organ School in London.

There will be two sessions:
10.00-1.00 : Beginners to Grade V standard;
2.00-5.00 : Grade VI standard and above.

These, however, are no more than guidelines : the workshop is open to players of all ages and every level of ability. Application forms accompanied the last circular and should now be with Dr Harry Grindle.

For most members this will be an opportunity to learn from listening, and you are invited to attend either the morning or afternoon session - or both. Feel free to remain for as much of either session as you wish. Between them (1-2pm) coffee and tea will be available so you might like to bring a snack and attend all or part of both sessions.

We are grateful to the RCO for their help in arranging this event and trust that it will mark the beginning of a fruitful period of collaboration between USOC and the college.


To the society we welcome Phillip Elliott, MA, FRCO, recently appointed organist of Hillsborough Parish Church and Head of Music at Wellington College, Belfast. We wish him every success in both appointments.


Members who enjoy listening to the Tonic Theatre organ at Gransha High School, Bangor, will be pleased to hear that a concert will be held there at 8 pm on Thursday 28th October when the organist will be DAVID SHEPHERD - a performer often featured in BBC's 'The Organist Entertains' - making his first visit to Northern Ireland. Songs will be provided by Michael Blair and Helena McCriskin. Tickets at the door.


At 8 pm the following evening - Friday 29th October - a recital will be presented at Belfast Cathedral by JUSTIN LUKE, student at the Royal College of Music and Organ Scholar at All Saints Church, London. His performance at a lunchtime concert earlier this year at Southwark Cathedral won critical acclaim and this recital at St Anne's is the first of an Irish tour.

That's all for now. The November meeting will be held on Saturday 13th - details in due course.

Yours sincerely

Honorary Secretary


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