News Items, Appointments, Achievements etc.
A Society Formed Receives Another Favourable Review
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.”
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Members are reminded that A Society Formed is available to order online.
In Other News…
David Stevens – to become Assistant Organist, Wells Cathedral, Somerset
Ian Keatley – to become Director of Music, Southwark Cathedral
Ian began his career as a cathedral musician as a Vicar Choral at Wells Cathedral, and has served at Westminster Abbey, the Chapels Royal and the Tower of London, as well as being a former Organ Scholar at Southwark Cathedral. Ian is also a Trustee of the Charles Wood Festival and the Founding Director of the New Charles Wood Girls’ Choir.
Members will recall Ian’s involvement with USOC, including the recent Choral Workshop at St Michael’s Enniskillen in partnership with the RSCM Ireland. We wish Ian, who will be installed as Director of Music on September 8th hearty congratulations!
USOC Committee 2019
McCracken Memorial Presbyterian Church, Belfast – Organist & Choir Director; fine robed choir with excellent repertoire, music library, choir-room. Organ (2mn 29 stops) by Charles Smethhurst, maintained by Wells Kennedy. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if interested.
New Members 2019
We extend a very warm welcome to our newest members who have joined us since last year.
- Ken Martin,
- Ronan McQuade,
- Kate Duffy,
- Jason Poots,
- Helen Long,
- Colin Ferguson,
- Natalie Bell and
- Christopher Jenkins.
We wish them all a long and fruitful membership with the Society!
The Dean and Board are very pleased to announce the appointment of Prebendary Matthew Owens as Director of Music at Belfast Cathedral in succession to Mr David Stevens. Matthew Owens has a long association with Northern Ireland through his wife, Ali, whose family is...