The Ulster Society of Organists and Choirmasters is Ireland’s only society for those with an interest in church and organ music. Membership is open to all with an interest in church or organ music. Membership embraces a wide cross section of people from organ builders and cathedral organists to those with just a broad interest in organ and church music. Some have professional music qualifications, while many do not.
The committee organises monthly meetings throughout the year (except in July, August and December) throughout Northern Ireland, or further afield. Meetings take many forms, including organ and choral workshops, lectures or master classes with visiting organists and choirmasters, debates, performances, and organ crawls around different churches in Northern Ireland. Each May the Society organises a weekend away to Great Britain or continental Europe. Recent continental trips have visited Paris, Frankfurt and Berlin. An annual Members’ Recital is held in a prestigious venue which showcases the many and varies talents of our members. Many friendships and useful contacts have been made and the Society events are relaxed and enjoyable.
Office Bearers 2018
President: Professor Desmond Hunter
Vice- Presidents: Dr. Michael Callender and Dr. Stephen Timpany
Honorary Secretary: Michael Tregenna
Honorary Treasurer: Philip Walden
Safeguarding Officer: Ivan Millen
Please click here access the society’s Safeguarding Policy.
Rev John Murdoch
The Society has four aims:
To bind organists and choirmasters in a common bond of devotion to the profession, and to maintain in the them a lively interest in all aspects of their work
To promote high standards in the selections and performance of choral music, especially in the service of the Church
To promote a wider public interest in organ and choral music
To uphold the status of the profession and to safeguard its interests