Sam Pritchard Director of Music, describes his feeling of excitement on embracing the challenges of his appointment. Tribute is given to the sterling work by his predecessors.
Consequences of Covid
The drastic consequences of Covid 19 caused international suffering on an unprecedented scale.
A severe impact on society resulting in a long national lockdown.
Societies stopped meeting. Choral singing came to a stop.
Moreover, against this backdrop the choir received a further severe setback. The resignations of both musical director Nia Wyn Jones and accompanist Nia Mary Jones.
Under Nia’s leadership, many new and contemporary pieces were learned. Unfortunately, it was only after a few months that the exercises had to be stopped as a result of the pandemic.
A devastating development for the choir. Rumours surfaced that the future was in peril.
Moreover, a diligent committee thought otherwise and, against all odds, an appointment was imminent.
Robert Samuel Pritchard, Director of Music
On the 14th of September 2021, Robert Samuel Pritchard B.A. Music, PGCE becomes music director and accompanist.
Sam studied music at the University of Wales, Trinity St David, Carmarthen.
He then went on to complete his teaching practice at Bangor University.
He now teaches at a Denbigh School.
Because regulations continue to ease, the choir is very much looking forward to meeting once again.
Preparations are now underway to undertake concerts and wedding engagements very soon.
Rehearsals now take place weekly on Tuesdays at 19:30 at the Eirianfa Community Centre, Denbigh. Also new members are eagerly joining which is encouraging.
“I would like to extend a very warm invitation to any new member who would like to join us on our exciting post-pandemic journey. My appointment as music director marks a new positive start for us all.
Despite the difficult times due to COVID-19, I am really looking forward to embracing this challenge. Also, I’m very much looking forward to working with Denbigh and District Male Voice Choir.
Robert Samuel Pritchard BA Music, PGCE.”
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