Ulster Society of Organists and Choirmasters

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

MEET THE METHODISTS - At 3pm on Saturday 13th February the Society will meet at Knock Methodist Church whose resident organist, Stephen Preston, will conduct a short rehearsal with the choir which will then sing for us, and the recently refurbished organ will be played by John Boal. I have been assured that the Church will be well warmed (leave your sheepskin liberty bodice at home) and that afternoon tea will be provided. The Church is situated on Knock Road at its junction with Green Road.

MEMBERS MATTER - We start the New Year with at least six fewer members than we had a year ago - a trend moving in the wrong direction. Personal recommendation is always the best form of recruitment so if you know of another organist who is not already a member of the society perhaps you could use a copy of our PROGRAMME FOR 1999 (one is enclosed) to awaken some interest. Meanwhile, as our first new member for 1999 I am delighted to welcome - Mrs Diane McMullan (......................) who is organist of Hillsborough Presbyterian Church. Please add her name to your Membership List.

MONEY MATTERS - May I remind you that your subscription (students 10.00; others 17.50) to the Society is due in January and should be forwarded directly to the Honorary Treasurer (details below); his burden will be lightened if payment is made promptly and without further reminders. Please!

MUSIC MATTERS - For the November meeting we plan to present a programme of organ and choral music written by USOC members, but this does depend upon enough music being submitted for consideration. If you have compositions not performed previously at a Society meeting please let me have copies (photostats which do not need to be returned) as soon as possible - preferably by 31st March. If you haven't - why not grab some manuscript paper and see what you can do! Soon!

MEMORIES AND MEMORANDA - Enclosed is a copy of my review of the Society's activities in1998 which I trust you will find interesting. Also enclosed is a copy of the programme planned for 1999. Please note the dates in your diary and attend as often as you can: your support and encouragement are needed.

SPRING INTO SUMMER - The sheet enclosed gives details but please note also the information given on the reverse side. All three concerts are being promoted by the Society and intended to attract the general public. Promotional posters will be enclosed with the next circular.

LAST CALL FOR LEEDS - AND YORK - There are still a few vacancies for our weekend air-tour to York, Leeds and Huddersfield, so if you would like to join the party in what promises to be an exciting and eventful tour please let me know as soon as possible.

SOUTH OF THE BORDER - Our visit to Tullamore and Mullingar has been deferred to September (Friday 10th/Saturday 11th): details in the next circular.

ORGANIST/CHOIRMASTER URGENTLY REQUIRED - At Ballyholme Methodist Church, Bangor, which has a new Makin organ, robed choir and two Sunday services. Gender, nationality and sporting interests of applicants are of no consequence. Details from Brian Speers, 01247 471999.

Sincerely yours

Honorary Secretary


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