Rydal Penrhos Community Choir to return
October 15, 2021

Rydal Penrhos has confirmed its Community Choir will return after a short absence, with the first session scheduled for next month.

It’s been wonderful to see activities and events returning to the school calendar after so much disruption thanks to COVID-19 and the safety restrictions implemented by the Welsh Government. Rydal Penrhos has been a hive of activity throughout the academic year so far, with trips, sporting fixtures and occasions on-site giving things a much more familiar and welcome feel.

With measures now easing and remaining at Alert Level 0, the school is thrilled to confirm that the Rydal Penrhos Community Choir is returning after a brief absence.

The Community Choir consists of parents, staff, and former pupils. They practice weekly and contribute to various events across the school such as the Christmas Concert and Speech Day.

The first session back for the group will take place on Monday 8 November in the Memorial Hall from 6.30-7.30pm and the Choir will meet every Monday thereafter.

Refreshments will be available for anyone attending, and the Choir will now be led by music teacher Alan McGuinness, who takes over from Director of Music Pete Williams.

Mr McGuinness has plenty of experience with choirs from his time working at St Asaph Cathedral, where he was given the task of promoting, establishing and directing a new Cathedral Girls’ Choir which featured current Year 13 pupil Hannah Davies.

In January 2004, at the age of 28, he was appointed as Organist and Master of the Choristers.

He directed the Cathedral Choirs in both live and recorded broadcasts for national radio and television, and was organist for two broadcasts of Songs of Praise.

Mr McGuinness has given many organ recitals at home and completed a concert tour of New York City and New England in the United States of America.

The Community Choir is now seeking members and anyone wishing to register their interest can do so by emailing Mr McGuinness at AMcGuinness@rydalpenrhos.com.

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