We are very fortunate to have secured John Frith to be our new music director. After 12 years, Tony Washington, our founder, has retired as music director of the choir in order to pursue his many other musical interests. With great dedication Tony has, over the years, built up a chamber choir of good standard and we are very sad to see him go but he leaves with all best wishes for the future and grateful thanks.
John Frith, a professional musician and teacher, is composer of The Wanderer, a beautiful setting of eight John Masefield poems for chorus and orchestra which was one of the works we sang, together with Ledbury Community Choir, at a very enjoyable concert held at Shire Hall, Hereford in May this year. John shared rehearsal duties with Tony for this concert and the members of The Penyard Singers very much welcome his return to Ross and are looking forward to an exciting ‘change of direction’.
We are actively seeking new members to join all voice parts and will be holding an open rehearsal evening entitled ‘Sing Something Simple’ on Wednesday 12 September at Christ Church, Edde Cross Street, Ross from 7.30pm. Rehearsals are held every week at this venue with a short social break at 8.30pm for tea and biscuits and no audition is currently required to join the choir. For more information please ring Wendy on 01989 564442.