Ulster Society of
Organists and Choirmasters

Est. 1918.

Thomas Ospital Presented by Dunleath Organ Scholarship Trust & USOC

by | Friday, 30th August 2019

THOMAS OSPITAL will be visiting Belfast 14/15 September this year as a guest of the Dunleath Organ Scholarship Trust [Chairman Professor Emeritus Desmond Hunter] and USOC [President Revd Dr Ian Mills].

Now aged 28, THOMAS OSPITAL was appointed Titulaire of Saint-Eustache in Paris which has the largest organ in France when he was 25.  He has, more recently, become the first Organist in Residence at the Radio France Concert Hall, Maison de la Radio.

Download OSPITAL Organ Recital Flyer.

He won all the major prizes at the Paris Conservatoire [organ, counterpoint, improvisation and fugue – i.e. improvised fugue at the keyboard!] and is regarded as one of the foremost concert organists in France, which means in the world.

Thomas played to USOC in Saint-Eustache when they visited Paris last year, the centenary year of the Society, and was a gracious and charming host.  But he was also a truly spectacular performer radiating complete musical commitment which draws the listener in to active participation in the music.

Thomas Ospital will arrive in Belfast on Saturday 14 September 2019 from Stockholm and later will give an Organ Workshop on Saturday 14 in St Anne’s Cathedral 19:30 – 21:00. Next day, he will give an Organ Recital in the Ulster Hall on Sunday afternoon 15 September at 16:00. That will include an Improvisation on a Submitted Theme. This is part of the DOST/USOC initiative to persuade Belfast City council that the UH organ must be heard more and that we must have a City Organist again!

In “masterclass” format, the four players at the Organ Workshop will include:

William Forrest

  • Appointed Organ Scholar at St Anne’s Cathedral from 1 Sept; former Head Chorister of Portsmouth Cathedral; completing BMus at Cardiff with a dissertation on Widor organ symphonies; played the big Saint-Saens organ symphony with Cardiff University Orchestra; Intern at Three Choirs Festival etc

Bartosz Thiede

  • From Newry; former pupil of Nigel McClintock at St Peter’s Catholic Cathedral Belfast, he sang with Schola Cantorum; 6th Form Scholarship to Clifton; Organ Scholar at Exeter College Oxford 2015-18 [which has a Walker organ in the style of Cavaille-Coll]; now working in Oxford including sponsorship work for the Monteverdi Choir; recently released a CD of E European Choral Music with Exeter College.

Jack Wilson

  • Organ Scholar and Acting Assistant Organist at St Anne’s; will be taking up Organ Scholarship at Sidney Sussex College Cambridge in Oct 2019 and commencing MMus in Choral Conducting at Cambridge.


Ulster Society for
Organists and Choirmasters

Est. 1918.