Ulster Society of
Organists and Choirmasters

Est. 1918.

Our Events

Current and Future Events

Date Details

Sat, 8 Jan, 2022

USOC Annual General Meeting

The USOC Annual General Meeting will be held in person at St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast at 3:00 PM in the Chapel of Unity. Matthew Owens will give a demonstration of the Klop organ in the Chapel of Unity after the AGM.

Tue, 8 Feb, 2022

Choral Conducting Workshop with Matthew Owens

7.30pm, St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast. A practical workshop for conductors, with tips and advice for all.

Sat, 12 Mar, 2022

USOC Away Day to Derry/Londonderry

An opportunity to hear and play organs of note in The Guildhall (11am), St Columb’s Cathedral (2pm), and Christ Church, Infirmary Road (4pm).

Sat, 2 Apr, 2022

Visit and Presentation by the Royal College of Organists

Explore recent developments in qualifications, courses, resources, and support for organists of all levels. Information and discussion event. (Venue and time to be confirmed.)

Fri, 29 Apr, 2022 to
Mon, 2 May, 2022

USOC May Tour to London

Visiting a dozen venues south of London with an array of organ and choral performances, including Canterbury Cathedral and the Hampton Court.

Sat, 18 Jun, 2022

The William Adair Recital in memory of David McElderry

3pm, St Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh.

Sat, 17 Sep, 2022

Organ Recital and USOC Dinner

(Venue and times to be confirmed.)

Archived Events

Date Details

Sat, 9 Mar, 2019

Mullingar Visit

All day Visit to Mullingar Christ the King Cathedral, Mullingar and St Mel’s Cathedral Longford.

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Sat, 6 Apr, 2019

Flemish Organists in Ireland with James McConnell

Flemish Organists in Ireland with James McConnell, and recital of examples of their music by David Stevens, in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh and in the presence of Baron George Minne, the last of the Flemish organists in NI.

For further information, please contact James McConnell,

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Sat, 14 Sep, 2019 to
Sun, 15 Sep, 2019

Thomas Ospital Presented by Dunleath Organ Scholarship Trust & USOC

In association with the Dunleath Organ Scholarship Trust, Recital and Workshop with Thomas Ospital Co-Titulaire Organist of St Eustache, Paris and Organist-in-Residence of the Radio France new concert organ by Grenzing.

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Sat, 26 Oct, 2019

Christmas Choral Music with David Stevens

Accomplished choral director David Stevens will present a workshop aimed at helping members get the very best from their choirs in preparation for Christmas. Venue: St Mary’s Parish Church, Crumlin Road, Belfast. Time: 3PM

Sat, 9 Nov, 2019

President’s Afternoon at Killinchy Parish Church

An opportunity to hear the fully restored 1899 Harrison and Harrison organ, recently installed by The Pipe Organ Preservation Company. Mr Stuart Nicholson, Master of the Music, St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin will be our guest speaker for the afternoon which will include a recital-workshop by some of our young players. Venue: Killinchy Parish Church Time: 3PM

Sat, 8 Feb, 2020

Refreshing our Repertoire: Organ Music for Lent and Easter

Join us as we explore lesser-known corners of the repertoire, old and new, in preparation for the seasons of Lent and Eastertide. St Mark's Parish Church, Portadown, Co. Armagh at 3PM.

Sat, 21 Mar, 2020

USOC Away Day to Co. Fermanagh

Visiting organs of note in Clogher and Newtownbutler, Co. Fermanagh.

Sat, 25 Apr, 2020

Choral Directing Masterclass with Matthew Owens

Matthew Owens, recently appointed Director of Music at Belfast Cathedral, leads a masterclass on choral directing with the acclaimed vocal ensemble Melisma.

Fri, 1 May, 2020 to
Mon, 4 May, 2020

USOC May Tour 2020 to London

2020 USOC May Tour to London.

For further information, please contact James Little,

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Fri, 1 May, 2020 to
Mon, 4 May, 2020

USOC Tour to London

USOC members visit 12 venues, enjoying 15 organs and two choirs over three days in London.

Sat, 1 May, 2021

Online Event – Presentation by Gerard Brooks

Gerard Brooks, President of the Royal College of Organists, will be meeting with members on-line to discuss his career as a performer and teacher. Further details, including the necessary Zoom link will be communicated closer to the time.

For further information, please contact jmcconnell27@qub.ac.uk,

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Ulster Society for
Organists and Choirmasters

Est. 1918.