Rydal Penrhos is thrilled to confirm the appointment of Alan McGuinness as teacher of Music.
The experienced figure is the latest impressive arrival to the school’s staff team, and he will be working with Director of Music Pete Williams on enhancing one of the most creative and diverse provisions within Rydal Penrhos.
After graduating from Liverpool’s historic Blue Coat School, Mr McGuinness continued his studies at The Royal Northern College of Music Manchester, where he was a prize winner, leaving in 1997 with BMus (Hons).
He then became Organ Scholar at Liverpool’s Metropolitan Cathedral and in December 1998, he was appointed Assistant Organist at St Asaph Cathedral in North Wales.
As well as accompanying the many services held in the Cathedral, he was given the task of promoting, establishing and directing a new Cathedral Girls’ Choir which featured current pupil and Music Scholar Hannah Davies.
In January 2004, at the age of 28, he was appointed as Organist and Master of the Choristers.
He has directed the Cathedral Choirs in both live and recorded broadcasts for national radio and television, and was organist for two broadcasts of BBC TV “Songs of Praise”.
Mr McGuinness directed the Cathedral Choirs for their first CD Recording “A Journey from Advent to Epiphany” and recorded the first solo organ CD from St Asaph, celebrating ten years since the restoration of the Organ,
In February 2008 he directed the choir on the occasion of the visit to St. Asaph of H.R.H. The Duke of Kent and later on during a visit from H.R.H The Duchess of Cornwall.
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, where venues included the Jesuit church of St. Ignatius Loyola (the largest mechanical action organ ever to have been built by a British builder), St. Agnes’ and St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
He is no stranger to Rydal Penrhos, having spent time working with Prep and Senior pupils in recent months ahead of their Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music assessments.