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THE JOHN MCCORMACK SOCIETY
Under the Patronage of David Count McCormack
 
 
September 2018
Dear Member,
 

1)      FORTHCOMING RECITALS

 
All recitals are held in Buswells Hotel, Molesworth Street, Dublin 2.  Tea, coffee and biscuits are served before the recitals from 10.40 am.
 


Date

Time

Presenter

Title

Saturday 8th September

11.00 a.m.

John Allen

The 80s Gang: McCormack’s Contemporaries

Saturday 6th October

11.00 a.m.

Jim Ryan

John McCormack and Other Great Singers

Saturday 3rd November

11.00 a.m.

David Clarke

Tenors of the World in Song

Saturday 1st December

11.00 a.m.

Tony Ó Dálaigh

Noel Music and Some Lesser Known Singers

 

2)      ANNUAL ANNIVERSARY MASS

 
            Date:      Sunday 16th September 2018.
            Time:      11.00 a.m.
            Venue:    Pro Cathedral, Marlborough Street, Dublin 1.
 
The Anniversary Mass will be a combined one for the late John Count McCormack and the late Oliver O’Brien.
 

3)      ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTION €25

 
If you have not yet paid your 2018 subscription (due since January) please forward same as soon as possible to our Honorary Treasurer, Brian Hargadon, 107 Lucan Heights, Lucan, Co. Dublin.  You will appreciate that subscriptions are the Society’s main source of income.
 

4)      MEMBERSHIP   

 
Sadly a number of our members have died in recent years with a resultant drop in membership.  We urge all our present members to strive to get at least one new member for the Society between now and Christmas.  As an incentive membership fee will cover to end of 2019 so the sooner they join the better.  Perhaps you could phone or email your friends to tell them about the Society and maybe invite them to come along to one of our monthly recitals.
 
HON. PRESIDENT:  Donal F. MacNally
 

5)      ANNUAL LUNCH AND HOLIDAY 2018

 
A special ‘Thank you’ to our Chairman, Tom Faulkner, for organising the delicious lunch in Wynne’s Hotel and the lovely holiday in Waterford.  I think everyone was very pleased with the city centre venue for the lunch and Waterford proved to be a most interesting city for the holiday.  Tom will most likely continue to use Wynne’s Hotel as the venue for the annual lunch and he is already looking at possibilities for our 2019 holiday.  Details will be in the January Newsletter.
 
6)      DEATH OF JOHN KENNY, R.I.P.
 
It is with great sadness that we learned recently of the death of John Kenny, R.I.P.  John, a proud member of the Society for many decades, died last March at the age of 92.  Our deepest sympathy goes to his wife, Vera, and family.  “Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dilis.”
 

7)      THE JOHN MCCORMACK ELECTRIC EDITION

 
Jeremy Meehan writes:  “Subscriptions are about to close for the Electric Edition, as we must send all materials for printing by 30 September.  If you wish to secure one of the remaining sets in time to receive it before Christmas, and have your name, or that of a family member (including In Memoriam entries) listed in the booklet, I urge you to act immediately.  Once that date passes, while the special offer price will still be available to new subscribers until publication, a listing in the booklet cannot be guaranteed.
 
Over the summer, the project has moved on rapidly, and is now nearing completion.  Ward Marston is engineering the final sets of recordings and is very excited at the results, saying that the Electric Edition will have been by far the most extensive undertaking of his career in sound preservation.  I’m delighted to report, also, that the booklet will contain not only the two fascinating and absorbing studies of which I have written before – by Gordon Ledbetter and Michael Aspinall, each of well over 10,000 words – but also that we have just been very kindly granted permission by the Capuchin Order to reprint five of the essays that appeared in the famous 1946-7 Capuchin Annual Symposium of Tributes to McCormack.   They were authored by Sir Ernest Newman, Vincent O’Brien, Edwin Schneider, Gerald Moore and Charles Lynch.  Each of these was a superb musician, who knew John McCormack personally, and I think they will make a very fitting summation of the 25-year-long project that is culminating in the launch of the set.  
 
None of this would have been possible except for the generosity of the now several hundred subscribers, in twelve countries around the world.  The remaining sets are likely to sell out soon.  To subscribe, and avail of the special offer price, please visit www.johnmccormacktenor.comor phone 086-360 1624.”
 

8)      ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING – ADVANCE NOTICE

 
            Date:      Saturday 26th January, 2019.
            Time:      11.00 a.m.
            Venue:    Buswells Hotel, Molesworth Street, Dublin 2.
 
 
 
Yours faithfully, _____________________

Elizabeth O’Brien Honorary Secretary
8 Upper Pembroke St.
Dublin 2
(01-6762877
Email: elobrien8@gmail.com