John McCormack Society
Patron: Count John McCormack
Hon. President: Seamus Kearns
Events for 2014
Editor Elizabeth O'Brien (Hon Secretary)
1st May, 2014
1) COMMITTEE 2014
At the Annual General Meeting held on Saturday 1st February, 2014 the following
committee was elected.
Vice Chairman: Joe Clarke
Honorary Secretary: Elizabeth O'Brien
Honorary Treasurer: Brian Hargadon
Ita Hackett, Marie Tully, Donal MacNally, Dermot McDevitt, Donal O Sullivan,
2) NEW HONORARY TREASURER - BRIAN HARGADON
is delighted to announce that a new member, Brian Hargadon, was elected to the
position of Honorary Treasurer at the A.G.M. We would like to welcome Brian
to the Society and wish him every success in his new role.
would like to take this opportunity to thank our outgoing Treasurer, Patricia
Kelly for her wonderful work and dedication over many years and to wish her
a very well earned rest.
3) FORTHCOMING RECITAL
Date: Saturday 17th May, 2014
Venue Buswells Hotel, Molesworth Street, Dublin 2.
Presenter Dermot McDevitt
4) AWARD (BURSARY) CONCERT
Date: Saturday, 31st May, 2014.
Time: 8 pm.
Venue: Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2.
This special evening of song featuring four winners of the 2014 Feis Ceoil
is strongly recommended to members. It is important to demonstrate support for
the Award recipients with a good presence of Society members and friends. We
would appreciate if those intending to be present would complete and return
the slip at the end of this newsletter or email: email@example.com or telephone
(01) 6762877, as soon as possible. As places are limited it is most important
that we know the number intending to come well in advance. HON. PRESIDENT: Jea/w/s
5) ANNUAL ANNIVERSARY MASS
Date: Sunday 21st September, 2014. Time: 11 am. Venue: Pro Cathedral, Marlborough
The anniversary mass will again be a combined one for the late John Count
McCormack and the late Oliver O'Brien. Please make a note of the date in your
6) ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTION - €20 Some subscriptions
for the current year are still outstanding. If you have not yet paid please
contact our new Treasurer, Brian Hargadon, 107 Lucan Heights, Lucan, Co. Dublin
as soon as possible. You will appreciate that subscriptions are the Society's
only source of income.
7) ANNUAL LUNCH AND FOUR DAY BREAK A very special
'Thank you' to Ita Hackett for the time and effort she put into making these
two events such a wonderful success and so enjoyable for all of us who attended.
8) DEATH OF OUR HONORARY PRESIDENT, SEAMUS KEARNS, R.I.P.
It is with great sadness that we learned of the death of our Honorary President,
Seamus Kearns, on the 28th February, 2014. We would like to extend our deepest
sympathy to his dear wife, Betty, and to all the Kearns family. Seamus a keen
historian was a founder member of the John McCormack Society. He was a pillar
of the Society for many years and was an authority on our great tenor. He also
worked closely with the National Museum of Ireland. At his funeral mass in Killester
Church it was obvious that he was held in very high esteem by one and all.
9) DEATH OF TIM CARROLL, R.I.P.
It is also with great sadness that we learned of the death last week of Tim
Carroll - a lifelong member of the Society. We would like to extend our deepest
sympathy to his dear wife, Maeve, and to all the Carroll Family. Tim who was
ninety earlier this year was blessed with a wonderful memory and was a great
friend of the Society. According to his family Tim derived great pleasure from
listening to the Odeon CD set shortly before he died.
10) NEW HONORARY PRESIDENT At a recent committee
meeting Donal MacNally, who has been a member of the Society for 50 years, was
elected as our new Honorary President. We wish Donal every success in his new
11) THE JOHN MCCORMACK ODEON LAUNCH FRIDAY 28™ MARCH,
We would like to extend our warmest congratulations and gratitude to Jeremy
Meehan on bringing to completion so successfully this wonderful project of having
John's Odeon recordings of 1906-1909 remastered in such an expert way by Ward
Marston and his assistant Scott Kessler in the US. What a wonderful evening
we had in the Mansion House as we listened to the remastered recordings on CD
and heard Ward describe how he went about the painstaking work. We can only
marvel at the time and effort put in by Jeremy as he went about fundraising,
etc. for this worthy project. The icing on the cake is that he now intends to
have the electric recordings remastered in a similar way. Jeremy has sent us
the following. Please note his new email address: ieremv.mehan5959(5),gmail.com
PLANS FOR FUTURE MCCORMACK/MARSTON REISSUES Jeremy
Meehan writes: "Thanks again to everyone who kindly subscribed to The Odeon
Edition and came to the launch events. I hope that, by now, everybody who was
due to receive their box by post has done so. If not, please contact me as below.
Of the 1,000 sets that were manufactured, fewer than 300 remain in total, with
sales continuing. If you are minded to buy some others as presents for Christmas,
etc., I advise you not to delay. Members may avail of the special offer price
of €49.95 (reduced from €75). "As announced at the launch, we hope to continue
with the project in order to release the final part of McCormack's recorded
legacy under Ward Marston's imprint in two or three years' time. This will be
a 12-15 CD set of all of the electrical recordings, 1925-1942, including all
available radio broadcasts, variant takes and unpublished material. As a bonus,
Ward hopes to include two discs of remastered versions of the 1904 cylinder
and disc recordings. There will also be comprehensive essays and notes and we
are delighted that Gordon Ledbetter has kindly agreed to lend his unparalleled
McCormack expertise to this. Our aim is to make the set available to early subscribers
at a special rate of €99.95. All advance subscribers will be listed in the booklet,
as was the case with the Odeons. "I will circulate existing supporters with
occasional news of the progress of this project, beginning in the autumn, when
we will begin to accept subscriptions. If you'd like to receive this information,
please feel free to send on your email details or those of any others you feel
might be interested. No obligation will attach, and you can unsubscribe at any
time." Contacts for any queries or orders: Jeremy Meehan, Summerville, Ballinora,
Waterfall, Near Cork, Ireland. Tel. 00-353 (0)86-360 1624; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
. Cheques/POs should be made payable to The McCormackMarston Project. Please
add €5.00 for p&p. Thank you.
12) ATHLONE PROJECT
Donal McNally is delighted to inform us that Athlone Town Cl6rL? Mr. Pat Keating,
has confirmed that the Castle in Athlone will be available to house the John
McCormack memorabilia. More later.
13) MCCORMACK/JOYCE FILM 'SHEM THE PENMAN SlNGS AGAIN'
Rossa Mullin, Producer of the above has sent us the following: Shem The Penman
Sings Again is a new experimental feature film, funded through the Irish Film
Board's micro-budget scheme, which provides a way into James Joyce's creative
imagination and the conception of Finnegans Wake. The book was published on
May 4th 1939 so it celebrates its 75th anniversary this year. The film stars
Hugh O'Conor as one of five James Joyces and Louis Lovett as one version of
the great tenor John McCormack. Directed by Padraig Trehy and produced by Rossa
Mullin, the filmmakers are going to launch a crowd-funding campaign on the popular
platform Indiegogo to get the last few steps of the way. They have already been
on an extraordinary journey with this project for the past four years and have
experienced first-hand the rollercoaster ride of independent filmmaking in Ireland.
Many rejections and setbacks have been counter-balanced by the long-term support
of the Irish Film Board and a great cast and crew. They need one final show
of support to see this extraordinary film over the line and up onto the screen.
A further €38,000 is required to see the film realized to its full potential.
This is an ambitious target but then this is a very ambitious film. It is stylistically
bold, narratively inventive and often funny and moving in its attempts to deal
with two giants of Irish culture: James Joyce and John McCormack. The Indiegogo
campaign for Shem the Penman Sings Again launched on April 16th on RTE Radio
1's Arena program (7-8pm) and will run until May 18th. More details can be found
on the website www.shemthepenman.com which also has the Teaser, or by following
this link direct to the campaign https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/shem-the-penman/x/6515491
14) SILVER €10 COIN IN TRIBUTE TO JOHN COUNT MCCORMACK
The Central Bank has a limited number of coins left at a cost of €44 each
or they can be purchased through the Society at a cost of €40. Please contact
me if interested.
15) ODEON CD BOXED SET
Jeremy Meehan has sent a number of these CD sets to have available for members
to buy at our recitals. If interested please telephone me to book a set. Price
NEWSLETTER BY EMAIL I am delighted to report
that some more members have signed up for this option since the last Newsletter.
For those who have not yet signed up and who have an email address I will send
you the email version as well as the written version on this occasion also.
Just click on the attachment to open the newsletter. We would encourage as many
as possible to consider the email option. It saves on time and postage. Yours
Elizabeth O'Brien Honorary Secretary 8 Upper Pembroke St. Dublin 2 S01-6762877
BURSARY CONCERT SATURDAY 31ST MAY, 2014 (Please
Tick Appropriate Boxes) I will be attending the Bursary Concert D With Guest
Interested in knowing
more about John McCormack or the aims of the Society!! if so - why not come
along and be entertained by good music - knowledgeable McCormack fans - pleasant
company - we promise you will not be disappointed.
These excellent recitals are not restricted
to members only: all are invited
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