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."