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Urdd Gobaith Cymru Bryn Terfel Scholarship

The purpose of the scholarship is to nourish and develop some of Wales' most talented individuals.

2017

2017

Wins Bryn Terfel Scholarship 2017

Wins Bryn Terfel Scholarship 2017

On Saturday, 14 October 2017 the actor Cedron Sion from Porthmadog won the prestigious Urdd Gobaith Cymru Bryn Terfel Scholarship in a thrilling concert held at the Sony Theatre, Bridgend College.

The competition was the culmination of the 2017 Urdd National Eisteddfod activities and the Scholarship, worth £4,000 and sponsored by the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, was presented to Cedron in front of the Theatre's audience and live on S4C.

Cedron, who is currently studying at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London, took the top spot after impressing the judges - Catherine Ayres, Eirlys Britten, Delyth Medi Lloyd, Sian Meinir and Rakhi Sing.

His repertoire included an extract from Shylock's speech from 'The Merchant of Venice'; an extract from Sundance's speech from the drama 'Sundance'; an extract from Peilat's speech from the drama 'Iesu!'; and 'Tasa Ti'n Gweld Hi Drwy'n Llygad' (If You Could See Her) from 'Cabaret'.

In the lead-up to the concert, every contestant received master classes from an expert in their field and Cedron received great advice from well-known performer Eddie Ladd.

A former pupil of Ysgol Eifion Wyn and Ysgol Eifionydd, Cedron is a familiar face to fans of S4C's Rownd a Rownd where he played the part of Dewi for many years.

He said, "It was an honour to perform and compete here this evening. I'm extremely grateful for the chance to be part of a competition such as this that provides a platform and a wonderful opportunity for passionate young performers.

"I intent to use the Scholarship to help me along the way and to follow my dream of becoming a professional actor and, hopefully, reach the West End."

Eirlys Britten, one of the judging panel, said, "It wasn't an easy task to choose between the six but we were all agreed that Cedron's performance was both poignant and intelligent. I wish him well in the future and hope that he continues to develop his own style."

Aled Siôn, Director of the Urdd National Eisteddfod added,

"Once again this year we have witnessed the wealth of talent amongst the young people of Wales. This evening has been a true celebration of their talent and is a fitting end to the activities associated with the Bridgend, Taff-Ely Urdd Eisteddfod.

"We wish Cedron all the best as he uses the Scholarship to develop his career and I look forward to following his success in the future."

2016

2016

Steffan wins Bryn Terfel Scholarship 2016

Steffan Wins Bryn Terfel Scholarship 2016

It was third time lucky for Steffan Hughes from Denbighshire on Sunday 16th of October 2016 as he won the Urdd Gobaith Cymru Bryn Terfel Scholarship 2016 in a thrilling evening at The Stiwt, Rhosllannerchrugog.

Steffan was presented with the Scholarship, worth £4,000, in front of the audience at The Stiwt, and live on a special programme on S4C. The competition was the culmination of the Urdd Eisteddfod activities in 2016.

The five judges – Ann Atkinson, Owain Llwyd, Gwennan Gibbard, Meinir Siencyn and Ann Fychan described Steffan's performance as enchanting. A former pupil of Ysgol Ysgol Twm o'r Nant, Denbigh and Ysgol Glan Clwyd he is now studying BMus at Cardiff University.

Steffan and his fellow competitors were required to create a 12 minute performance programme for the evening. Steffan chose to include 'Cyrraedd Pen y Siwrnai' ('I can go the Distance') from the film 'Hercules' by Alan Menken (trans. Steffan Rhys Hughes), 'Nid fi yw mab fy Nhad' ('I'm not my father's son') from the musical 'Kinky Boots' by Cynthia Lauper (trans. Steffan Rhys Hughes), 'Mae gen i Freuddwyd' by Gwyn Thomas on the 'Tannau Tawe 02' air by Elfair Jones (melody by Dr Meredydd Evans and musical arrangement by Steffan Rhys Hughes, and 'Ti go iawn' ('Brand New You') from the musical 'Musical 13' by Jason Robert Brown (trans. Elin Williams) in his performance having received excellent advice from the famous singer, Siân James, as part of masterclasses which were offered to each competitor as part of the preparation activities for the Scholarship.

Steffan said, "It was a brilliant experience competing . Its great that we got to choose what to perform and in one of my pieces I experimented with the traditional Cerdd Dant format. I did not expect to win at all as I've stood there twice before and not won! Everyone gave a fantastic performances. I hope that wining the Scholarship will lead the way for me to become a professional singer, enabling me to pay for further training and lessons."

The 2017 Urdd Gobaith Cymru Bryn Terfel Scholarship will be held on Saturday the14th of October and broadcast on S4C.

2015

2015

Gwen wins Bryn Terfel Scholarship 2015

Gwen Wins Bryn Terfel Scholarship 2015

During the last Saturday at the Urdd Eisteddfod, some of the most talented young competitors in Wales will be doing their best to impress a panel of adjudicators tasked with choosing six competitors who will then go on to compete for the Bryn Terfel Scholarship this year.

The Scholarship is worth £4,000 and is given annually to the victorious competitor who shows the most promise in the under 25 years individual competitions at the Urdd Eisteddfod.

The Bryn Terfel Scholarship will be held on Sunday evening, October the 16th at the Stiwt Theatre in Rhosllannerchrugog. Each competitor will perform their repertoire before a panel of specialised adjudicators decide on the winner of the Scholarship. The Scholarship's aim is to nurture the talents of young performers in Wales and to give them an opportunity to further develop in their fields. The evening will be broadcast live on S4C.

Gwen Elin, last year's winner, says: "Performing tonight was an incredible experience, and everyone was fantastic – I didn't expect to win at all! It's such a bizarre feeling and I can't believe I was chosen as the winner!

"I intend to use the Scholarship to fund a postgraduate course in Music and Drama either in a college in London or Cardiff." Gwen Elin from Benllech, Anglesey was the Scholarship winner in 2015.

2014

2014

Enlli wins Bryn Terfel Scholarship 2014

Enlli Wins Bryn Terfel Scholarship 2014

Sunday evening, 12 October, 2014 clog dancer Enlli Parri from Cardiff won the prestigious Urdd Gobaith Cymru Bryn Terfel Scholarship in a spectacular concert held in the Great Hall, Aberystwyth Art Centre. The Scholarship, which is worth £4,000, was presented to her in the concert that was broadcast live on S4C.

Enlli, a former pupil of Ysgol Gyfun Plasmawr, took the top spot after impressing five expert judges, Cefin Roberts, Eirian Owen, Eirlys Britton, Dafydd Huw and Gwyn L. Jones. Enlli's repertoire included a traditional Welsh dance and an original contemporary dance. In the lead-up to the Scholarship concert, she had a master class with Cerian Phillips who has herself competed for the Scholarship in the past.

Enlli now lives in London and is studying for a BMus degree in the Guildhall, London.

Enlli said, "I had such a shock when they said my name – I just couldn't believe it! I've been preparing for the Scholarship for quite some time, and I would like to thank Minnie Street Chapel in Cardiff for the use of their vestry so that I had enough space to practice!

"I'm going to use the money to develop my skills as a musician as I've just started a course studying the flute in London. I will continue to dance, but more as a hobby!"

Cefin Roberts, one of the panellists said, "We were very happy with the six that were on stage tonight, and they were all of a high standard. We had quite a discussion following the performances, and it was very close, but we all agreed in the end that Enlli was the deserving winner.

"She gave a spectacular performance, engaging brilliantly with the audience, which is quite a talent for someone who is so young. You could see that she was totally relaxed and enjoying herself. Her greatest strength was that she had many skills and could engage with the whole audience, right to the back row."

Aled Sion, Director of the Eisteddfod, added, "We were treated to a brilliant concert tonight, and the standard we saw reflects the talent that we see every year at the Urdd National Eisteddfod stage. I am confident that winning this scholarship will be a big boost to Enlli's performing career and I look forward to following her success in the future."

2013

2013

Chloe From Hengoed Wins Bryn Terfel Scholarship 2013

Chloe From Hengoed Wins Bryn Terfel Scholarship 2013

Sunday evening, 6 October, 2013 Chloe from Hengoed, Rhymney Valley won the prestigious Urdd Gobaith Cymru Bryn Terfel Scholarship in a spectacular concert held in the Great Hall, Aberystwyth Art Centre. The Scholarship, which is worth £4,000, was presented to her in the concert that was broadcast live on S4C.

Chloe, a former pupil of Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhymni, took the top spot after impressing four expert judges, Cefin Roberts, Eirian Owen, Cliff Jones and Rhys Taylor. Chloe's repertoire included her interpretation of Kokopeli by Katherine Hoover a Sonatina by Edlin Burton. In the lead-up to the scholarship concert, she had a master class with professional flautist, Matthew Featherstone.

Chloe is at Oxford University doing a degree in Music and she is the President of the University's Music Society. She is a prominent member of the University's orchestra and sinfonietta and among her previous successes is winning the Instrumental Blue Ribbon in the National Eisteddfod and the Gregynnog most promising Young Musician.

Chloe said, "I really enjoyed performing tonight, even though I was very nervous before performing my first piece. The other competitors were very professional, friendly and it was great to get a chance to share a stage with them."

"When they announced my name as the winner, I could not believe my ears and I just couldn't stop smiling! With the scholarship money, I am going to use it towards a masters degree. I've seen a few courses that appeal in Europe and the USA, and this money will enable me to pay for flights to auditions abroad."

Eirian Owen, who was one of the judges, said "The competitors tonight were all quite young and it was the first time for the six of them to compete for the scholarship. They were all experienced in their field and mature performers but the winner did stand out. Even though it was close, we were unanimous that Chloe was the winner.

Chloe's technique on the flute is excellent. She is obviously a master at creating the fine sound of the flute and I'm sure that she will go far."

Aled Sion, Director of the Eisteddfod, added, "We were treated to a brilliant concert tonight, and the standard we saw reflects the talent that we see every year at the Urdd National Eisteddfod stage. I am confident that winning this scholarship will be a big boost to Chloe's performing career and I look forward to following her success in the future."

2012

2012

Huw wins Bryn Terfel Scholarship 2012

Huw wins Bryn Terfel Scholarship 2011

On Sunday, 14 October singer Huw Ynyr Evans from Rhydymain won the prestigious Urdd Gobaith Cymru Bryn Terfel Scholarship in a spectacular concert held in Stiwt Theatre, Rhosllannerchrugog. The Scholarship, worth £4,000, was presented to him by Bryn Terfel, in a concert that was broadcast live on S4C.

Huw, a former pupil of Ysgol y Gader and Coleg Meirion Dwyfor, took the top spot after impressing six expert judges. Huw's repertoire included his interpretation of Giá il sole dal Gange (O'r Dwyrain mae'r Golau), Alessandro Scarletti. The poem 'Cân Shane', Myrddin ap Dafydd sang to the melody of 'Difyrwch Ieuan y Telynor Dall' by Nansi Richards, Pan Ddaw'r Nos, Meirion Williams and Chitarrata abruzzese, Francesco Tosti. In the lead-up to the scholarship concert, Huw had a master class with renowned singer, Rhys Meirion.

Huw is on his third year at Bangor University, doing a degree in Music. He is a familiar face on the Urdd, National Eisteddfod and G_yl Gerdd Dant stage and has performed regularly with Cwmni Theatr Meirion and Côr Idris. He has also recently started singing with Côr Godre'r Aran.

He said, "According to the saying there are 'three tries for a Welshman', but luckily I only needed two tonight as this was my second attempt at the Scholarship! It was a fantastic experience, and any one of us could have won it, so it was a bit of a shock when my name was announced. I am going to put the money to one side, and see how my voice develops and then hopefully, in a few years when it has settled, I can study my voice further."

One of the judges, Gavin Ashcroft, said, "The standard of the competition tonight was very high and it was nice to see such a wide variety on the stage of such high standard - in the end we had to look at the consistency of the performances. What's special about Huw is that there is something very endearing about him, and his voice is very velvety. He gave us a brilliant performance tonight and I am sure that he will develop into an amazing singer."

Aled Sion, Director of the Eisteddfod, added, "We were treated to a brilliant concert tonight, and the standard we saw reflects the talent that we see every year on the Urdd Eisteddfod stage. I am confident that winning this scholarship will be a big boost to Huw's performing career and I look forward to following his success in the future."

2011

2011

Urdd Gobaith Cymru Bryn Terfel Scholarship Winner 2011

Glain

On Sunday the 25th of September Glain Dafydd from Bangor, North Wales won the Urdd Gobaith Cymru Bryn Terfel Scholarship 2011 during a prestigious concert at the Dragon Studios, Pencoed near Bridgend.

The Scholarship, worth £4,000 was presented to Glain at the end of the concert which was broadcasted live on S4C.

Glain (19), a former pupil at Ysgol y Garnedd and Ysgol Tryfan and the William Mathias Centre claimed the prize after impressing the six judges with her performance of Au Matin by Touriner, La Source, Albert Zabel and Impromptu by Reinhold Gilère following a master class with harpist Ieuan Jones.

Glain is accustomed to performing and competing both in Wales and internationally. She has already won Tlws y Telynor and the Urdd's Simms Scholarship as well as the Blue Riband at the National Eisteddfod, Blaenau Gwent 2010. In the same year she was very close to winning the BBC's Young Musician competition and the Royal Overseas League. She is now studying at the University Normale de Musique de Paris under Isabelle Perrin. Glain also recently appeared as a member of the British Youth Orchestra at the Proms at the Albert Hall.

Glain said, “Winning the Urdd Gobaith Cymru Bryn Terfel Scholarship is a key milestone in my career. It has been a privilege to take part in the competition and I'd like to recognise the vital part the Urdd has played in my career as a performer over many years which reaches a pinnacle with this particular competition.”

The other finalists included:

  • Ellen Angharad Williams from Cowbridge.Winner of the Individual Folk Song 19 – 25
  • Elen Angharad Morgan from Llandysul. Winner of the Dramatic Presentation 19 – 25
  • Rhian Mair Davies from Pencader. Winner of the Individual Recitation 19 – 25
  • Glain Dafydd from Bangor. Winner of the Instrumental Solo 19 – 25
  • Huw Ynyr Evans from Rhydymain. Winner of the Cerdd Dant Solo 19 – 25
  • Anna Pardanjac from Colwyn Bay. Winner of the Folk Dance Yrs 10 and under 25
  • Steffan Jones from Cardiff. Winner of the Solo 19 – 25
  • Sian Crisp from Caernarfon. Winner of the Solo from a Musical 19 – 25

2010

2010

2010 Scholarship CEREDIGION

Elgan Llyr Thomas

The concert saw Elgan Llyr Thomas from Craig y Don, Llandudno, crowned victorious after impressing the six judges with his performance of a number of hits from musicals following a master class with none other than X Factor finalist, Rhydian Roberts.

The seven other competitors included Soprano Eirlys Myfanwy Davies from Llanelli; Cerdd Dant singer Glesni Fflur, the winner of the recitation competition Elen Gwenllian; Ceirios Evans from Llanarth; pianist Jocelyn Freeman; Teleri Mair Williams, winner of the dramatic presentation and dancer Cerian Phillips from Carmarthen.

Born in Llandundo, Elgan is currently in his third year at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. While in his first year there, Elgan won the 'Elsie Thurston' prize for those in their first year and went on to represent the College at the 'Kathleen Ferrier Bursary Award' in October 2009. This was the first time Elgan has competed in the Bryn Terfel Scholarship and next year he hopes to follow a post–graduate course at the Guildhall in London.

Elgan said “Winning this Scholarship is the high point of my career so far. Taking part was an unforgetable experience and I thoroughly enjoyed working with my mentor Rhydian Roberts. I will be putting the Scholarship fund to good use and it will help towards my College education and my post-graduate course. I'm very grateful to the Urdd for the opportunity to take part in the Scholarship competition.”

Aled Siôn, Director of the Urdd National Eisteddfod said “Once again the competition for the Scholarship has been fierce and this evening's performances at the concert were of a very high standard. The eight competitors gave exceptional performances and I would like to congratulate Elgan on his success. We look forward to following his career in the future.”

Past winners

Past Winners
2011 Swansea Glain Dafydd
2010 Ceredigion Elgan Llyr Thomas
2009 Cardiff Bay Catrin Angharad Roberts
2008 Conwy Rhian Lois Evans
2007 Carmarthenshire Manon Wyn Williams
2006 Denbighshire Rhys Taylor
2005 Wales Millenium Centre Lowri Walton
2004 Anglesey Rakhi Singh
2003 Tawe Nedd ac Afan Aled Pedrig
2002 Cardiff Rhian Mair Lewis
2001 Cancelled due to foot and mouth -
2000 Conwy Fflur Wyn
1999 Lampeter Mirain Haf
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