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Following the resignation of David Murray in December 2017, Ryton Choral Society is pleased to announce the appointment of
Alastair Lord as its new Music Director.

Alastair was born in Hexham in 1983. He took up the trumpet aged 8, and quickly progressed through the grades. At 16, he entered Chetham's School of Music in Manchester, before going on to study Composition at the Royal Northern College of Music, graduating in 2005. Whilst at the RNCM he studied conducting with Clark Rundell and, since graduating, has conducted numerous amateur and school ensembles. He is currently the Musical Director of the Northumberland Orchestral Society and previously, for seven years, led Riding Mill Choral Society.

As ever, the choir will be pleased to welcome new and returning members to this new era under Alastair's leadership.


Practice for the next concert (see below) starts on Tuesday 4th September at Charles Thorp Academy, Ryton (6.50 - 9.00).  New members will be very welcome.  Please ring Neil Pont (07786823637) if you would like to chat about joining.


Please note that this rehearsal will be held at:

Crawcrook Centenary Methodist Church

Main Street

NE40 4TY

Usual time, 6.50 - 9.00.
Please arrive in good time to find parking. 
I am informed that there is parking at the nearby Medical Centre.


Saturday November 17th 2018 at 7.30 p.m.
at Thorp Academy, Main Road, Ryton

The choir will perform Alastair Lord's own arrangement of Bernsteins' "West Side Story".  They will also sing English songs from down the ages - all with a 'Shakespeare' theme.


Should any members like support with learning their line the following facilities are available:

For the Shearing Songs and Sonnets:
Go to: (free)

For West Side Story:
Go to:

Please be accurate with address for this site (otherwise you may end up in the wrong place!) . This website has been specially created for us by Nick Lord - to whom we are very grateful.