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THE JOHN MCCORMACK SOCIETY

'Under the (Patronage of David Count McCormack'.
19th April 2018.

Dear Member,

1) COMMITTEE 2018

At the Annual General Meeting held on Saturday, 27th January 2018 the following Committee was elected.


Chairman: Tom Faulkner

Vice Chairman: David Clarke

Honora Secretar : Elizabeth O'Brien

Honora Treasurer: Brian Har adon

Honorar President: D6nal MacNall

 

Marie Tully      Tony ÖDå1aigh Clod h Carolan Dermot McDevitt

Kevin Dwan                  Seån Callan
Freda McLou hlin

Mary McKenna and Robert Flynn have stepped down from the Committee and we thank them for all their work over the past year. We are delighted to welcome Freda McLouglin as a new member of the Committee and to welcome back Dermot McDevitt after his well deserved 12 month break from committee duties.

2) FORTHCOMING RECITAL — BUSWELLS HOTEL, MOLESWORTH STREET, DUBLIN 2.

Date

Time

Presenter

Title

Saturda , 12th Ma 2018

11.00 a.m.

John Allen

John McCormack: Master Sin er

 

3) REMINDER: ANNUAL LUNCH THIS SATURDAY 21 ST APRIL 2018 AT 1.00 P,M,

Wynne's Hotel, Abbey Street Lower, Dublin I in private room on 1 st floor. It was unfortunate that we had to cancel the original date of the 3rd March owing to the dangerous weather condiüons at the time.

4) AWARD CONCERT

Date:       Saturday, 9th June 2018 Time:   8.00 p.m.
Venue: Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2.
This very special 'Evening of Song' featuring three chosen winners of the 2018 Feis Ceoil is strongly recommended to our members. It is important to demonstrate support for the award recipients with a good presence of Society members and friends. We will also have the winner of the Navan Young Opera Voice Competition 2018 perform as guest artist on the night.
N.B. As numbers are limited in the Mansion House we would appreciate if those intending to be present would let me know as soon as possible by letter, phone or email. Please indicate if you will be bringing a guest on the night.

5)         ANNUAL ANNIVERSARY MASS

The annual anniversary Mass will 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 diary.
         Date:      Sunday, 16th September 2018.
         Time:      11.00 a.m.
         Venue:    The Pro Cathedral, Marlborough Street, Dublin 1.
HON. PRESIDENT: Donal F. MacNa11y

6)          ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTION

Subscriptions become due in January of each year. If you have not yet paid your subscription for 2018 please forward same to our Honorary Treasurer, Brian Hargadon, 107 Lucan Heights, Lucan, Co. Dublin without delay.

7) JOHN MCCORMACK ON YOUTUBE

We are grateful to one of our members, Mike Fitzpatrick of New York, for passing on a link to a very interesting YouTube channel. The channel is run by Michael McGrail, of North Yorkshire, and contains much material of interest, including many items on McCormack. As well as kindly subscribing to the forthcoming McCormack Electric Edition, Michael has created and posted on his channel many of his own restorations of McCormack recordings. These make for very rewarding listening. Additionally, you can find a link there to a fine BBC Northern Ireland documentary made by Andy O'Mahony in 1984 for the McCormack centenary that year. It contains some fascinating interviews and footage of the Society from the time. You may spot some familiar faces among them! Here are the URL addresses: Michael's channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/hellwath The BBC NI/Andy O'Mahony documentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hy616FxWRbc Thank you, Michael, and keep up the good work!

8) JOHN MCCORMACK ON FACEBOOK

While the John McCormack Society has had its own website for many years, it never had a presence on Facebook, a medium used by many people. However, in September 2017, as was mentioned already in our January 2018 newsletter, that gap was addressed by two of our members, Seån Callan and Kevin Dwan, who created a page that may be found here: hffps://www.facebook.com/seanbcallan/2
Seån and Kevin have been assiduous in putting up all kinds of McCormack-related material in the intervening months, and their posts have generated interest in many quarters, including with members overseas. Facebook is a good medium for publicity and useful for getting the word out about our regular recitals, as well as for recruiting new members. A warm vote of thanks is due to both Seån and Kevin for their continuing hard work and diligence. They also welcome relevant material from anyone, so please don't be shy in sending on to them arücles, photographs, links or your own thoughts!

9) RECENT DEATHS

3It is with great sadness that the Society leamed of the following deaths and our sincere sympathy goes to their families, relatives and mends.

Death of Jim Kehoe R.I.P.
Jim who died on the 10th January 2018 was a member of the Society for a number of years up to the time of his death. His beloved wife, Bridin, who was also a member, died a few years ago.

Death of Deirdre McDevitt R.I.P.
Deirdre, daughter of our longstanding Committee member, Dermot McDevitt, died from cancer on the 14th February 2018. Our hearts go out to you Dermot, to your dear wife Anne and to all the family. You are very much in our thoughts and prayers at this time.

Death of Patricia Kelly, R.I.P. Former Honorary Treasurer
Patricia, who did trojan work as Treasurer of the Society for many years before handing over to our present Treasurer, Brian Hargadon, in 2013 died on the 26th March 2018. She will be fondly remembered by us all.

10) SOME ADVANCE DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

The autumn recitals will take place on the following dates:
          4       8th September, 6th October, 3rd November, and I th December,

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Elizabeth O'Brien
Honorary Secretary
8 Upper Pembroke Street
Dublin 2

*01-6762877

Email: elobrien8@gmail.com

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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