About Us

usoclogo2The 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.

Committee 2018

Neale Agnew

Alasdair MacLaughlin

David McElderry

James McConnell

Rev John Murdoch

Julien Moller

Simon Neil

David Rutherford

David Stevens

Jack Wilson

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