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Welsh cathedral axes music team

Tue 28 Aug 2018
By Alex Williams

The music team of a cathedral in north Wales has been made redundant as bosses at the landmark venue continue to wrestle with "financial pressure".

The director of music at St Asaph Cathedral in Denbighshire, Alan McGuinness and the assistant director of music, John Hosking, have both lost their jobs.

The Dean at St Asaph Cathedral, Very Rev Nigel Williams thanked the two men for their "exemplary performance, hard work and dedication".

In a statement seen by local newspaper the Rhyl Journal, he said: "It is with the greatest regret that we are no longer able to sustain the employment arrangement of a director of music and an assistant director of music.

"Therefore, the posts in their current form, are being made redundant.

"We wish Alan and John all the best in their future careers."

Very Rev Williams also said "modest temporary arrangements" were being introduced to ensure standards of music and worship at St Asaph's Cathedral shall not suffer.

Earlier this month, he warned of budget cuts and a "small number of redundancies", saying the attraction - thought to be the smallest Anglican cathedral in Great Britain - has been under "financial pressure for some time".

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