Teaching the world to sing at Rydal Penrhos school

A new initiative at Rydal Penrhos School is encouraging talented musicians to improve their song-writing skills

Pete Williams, Director of Music, has been working with a select group of pupils on both their song writing and recording skills. Students can also make use of  the enviable range of high-tech equipment in the department.

Mr Williams is himself an experienced songwriter who is composing some of the songs, tailoring them individually to each pupil to make the most of their singing style.

The department’s first release features the vocal prowess of Urdd National Eisteddfod winner Tegid Goodman-Jones and Emma Hourihane, it’s called ‘Lonely Girl’. Many more songs are currently being finalised, and are set to be released in the coming weeks.

This is the latest in a long line of exciting initiatives put on by the department, which has gone from strength-to-strength under the leadership of Mr Williams, who is a key contributor to all areas of Rydal Penrhos life.

Mr Williams, said: “We have started to record songs specifically written for pupils. Some I write myself, others I write with pupils. The idea is to teach and coach them in writing songs (a precursor to composition generally) and ultimately, to show their talent.

“The new initiative has received an incredibly strong response from each pupil taking part,” he enthused. “Hopefully these new experiences will stand them in good stead as they look to progress their overall music skills across all areas in the coming months and years.”