27 August 2018: The Dean and Chapter of St Asaph Cathedral issued this statement:
“Following a reduction in the budget, which has been under financial pressure for some time, we have had to review the provision of music at St Asaph Cathedral. 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 are extremely grateful to Alan McGuinness and John Hosking for their exemplary performance, hard work and dedication in achieving the high standard of music they have nurtured here. We wish Alan and John all the best in their future careers.
“Modest temporary arrangements are being put in place to ensure those same high standards of music and worship will continue for principal cathedral and diocesan services. Arrangements are being made to properly look after the girls, boys and adult singers of the cathedral choir.”
13 August 2018: The Dean and Chapter of St Asaph Cathedral released the following statement:
“Following a reduction in the budget, which has been under financial pressure for some time, we have had to review our financial position.
“We have already put in place a number of different cost cutting strategies, including non-staff related cost saving. However, it is with the greatest regret that we now have to consider further cost-cutting measures, which are likely to involve making a small number of redundancies unless any viable alternatives can be found. We can confirm that we have begun the redundancy process but in the interest of those affected, we cannot comment further until that process has been completed.
“We can however give our assurances that arrangements will be put in place to ensure that the Cathedral continues to provide the same high standards of music and worship for principal cathedral and diocesan services.”