‘A Society Formed’ Reviewed in Irish Times
In a recent review article in The Irish Times, Paul Clements commented:
”The little celebrated work of church organists and choirmasters is recognised in A SOCIETY FORMED by Alasdair MacLaughlin, a publication marking the group’s centenary in 2017. This meticulously researched history brings an insight into cultural life at a time of social and political change. Many remarkable personalities emerge and while the book concentrates on Ulster, the connections and friendships with the Leinster Society are explored.
One of the founder members of the Ulster Society, Dr Norman Hay, a talented orchestral conductor and organist of Bangor Abbey, once applied to be secretary of Trinity College of Music London. A delegation came from London to interview him and were puzzled that although he lived in Belfast he was organist in Bangor (20km away). After pointing out their geographical ignorance, Dr Hay reportedly informed them that Bangor Co Down was ‘ handing out world – class education hundreds of years before they were painting their backsides red, white and blue’. He did not get the job.”
Members are reminded that A Society Formed is available to order online.