Gregynog Young Musician - Cerddor Ifanc Gregynog

Welcome to Gregynog Young Musician

Patron: Professor Ieuan Jones
President: Lady Davies

The Gregynog Young Musician Competition was founded in 2005 and has become one of the most prestigious events of its kind. The competition is held annually at the highly acclaimed Gregynog Hall, which has a long history of association with music and the arts.

Entrants must be aged 18 years and under and have reached Grade 8 standard or equivalent, on any orchestral instrument, brass band instrument or percussion.

Willard Carter - Gregynog Young Musician of the Year 2018

Willard Carter - Gregynog Young Musician of the Year 2018

The chosen finalists compete for the first prize of £3,000 and the Peter Garbett-Edwards trophy.

The winner will also receive invitations to perform at Tenby Arts Festival and Machynlleth Tabernacle.

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The Competition

Next competition date: 27th April 2019

Download the 2019 Entry Form

The competition is divided in to 5 separate categories as follows:


'Gregynog Young String Player of the Year'


'Gregynog Young Pianist of the Year'


'Gregynog Young Woodwind Player of the Year'


'Gregynog Young Brass Player of the Year'


'Gregynog Young Harpist / Guitarist / Percussionist of the Year'


Prize money

For the overall winner awarded the title
'Young Musician of the Year'
£3,000.00

Category Winners will receive
£500.00

Young Accompanist winner will receive
The Chairman's Trophy
and £400.00

Adjudicators for Gregynog Young Musicians Competition - 2018

DAVID THEODORE

David Theodore David Theodore is a native of Caersws and attended school in Newtown and Shrewsbury. He studied the oboe at the Royal Academy and at the age of twenty was appointed Principal Oboe in the BBC Welsh Orchestra. From there he moved to the BBC Symphony Orchestra under its then music director Pierre Boulez specialising in contemporary music. Since then he has held various London principal positions including the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and the London Philharmonic where he played for twenty years.

He has made many recordings including the Vaughan Williams and Mozart Oboe Concertos with the London Symphony Orchestra both for Chandos Records. He can also be heard playing on the soundtrack to many film and TV programmes. Credits include the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Harry Potter and the James Bond Movies. David is also a professor of the oboe at the Royal College of Music and has the distinction of being appointed a Fellow of the Royal Academy and the Guildhall School of Music.

MEURIG THOMAS

Meurig Thomas Meurig studied piano with David Smith at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, concurrently completing a BMus honours degree at the University of Sheffield where he was awarded a Petrie Watson Exhibition to further his academic studies at the Universities of Harvard and Princeton in the USA. In a varied career in Music Education he has worked as a radio producer for BBC Wales, served as Senior Lecturer at the University Institute Cardiff and as a Registered Inspector of School for ESTYN. As a busy adjudicator, he has been involved in the North London Music festival. He is currently Director of Music at Badminton Junior School in Bristol.

For the past 22 years, he has served as an examiner, trainer and moderator for ABRSM conducting examinations and leading teacher seminars throughout Western Europe, South East Asia, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, South Africa and the USA. Recently he toured Malaysia with violinist Yap Ling on behalf of ABRSM and retuned to Kuala Lumpur to adjudicate the Malaysian National Choral Eisteddfod. This year he will travel to Tiblisi, Georgia to conduct masterclasses at the British - Georgian Music Academy as well as participating in examination tours to China and India.

In 2012, Meurig was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and he is also an active member of MENSA.

IEUAN JONES

Ieuan Jones Ieuan Jones’s mission has taken him around the world, transfixing audiences with his richly characterful playing - in Spain they dubbed him “Esplendoroso Jones”.

His flair is founded upon a solid basis of technique, acquired over years of study from the age of six to his studies at the Royal College of Music where he is now professor.

Ieuan Jones has toured the world with his harp. He has performed in more than 25 countries, appeared as a soloist with some of the world’s leading orchestras and has many recordings to his credit. At home he appears in all the major concert halls, the Albert Hall, Festival Hall, Symphony Hall, Bridgewater Hall, St David’s Hall, Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Queens Hall, with varied programmes that include works rarely played on the harp and often with other instruments such as the flute, violin, and a programme of harp quintets with string quartet.

OFFICIAL ACCOMPANIST ~ Conal Bembridge-Sayers

Conal Bembridge-Sayers Welsh pianist and conductor Conal Bembridge-Sayers is currently finishing a fellowship in piano accompaniment at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama where he was previously a student. In addition to this role, Conal is a staff accompanist at the RWCMD Junior Conservatoire and the Oxenfoord International Summer School, He is official accompanist for the Gregynog Young Musician Competition, Urdd and National Eisteddfodau.

Conal's recital performances have taken him to the Leeds Lieder Festival, Edinburgh Festival, Ludlow English Song Festival, St. Martin's in the Field, Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival, Dora Stoutzker Concert Hall, and St. David's Hall, as well as concerts for HRH Prince of Wales, Dame Shirley Bassey, and performances of The Bear at William Walton's estate, La Mortella on the island of Ischia.

Conal has been privileged to and play for many outstanding musicians including Rebecca Evans, Adrian Thompson, Kathryn Harries, Gail Pearson, Eric Roberts, Rebecca Afonwy Jones, and Steffan Morris, in addition to accompanying masterclasses with Malcolm Martineau, Roderick Williams, Ann Murray, Anna Schwanewilms, Karen Cargill, Louise Alder, and Jamie Barton.

OFFICIAL ACCOMPANIST ~ Russell Medley

Russell Medley Russell Medley is a Senior Vocal Coach/Repetiteur in the School of Vocal and Opera Studies at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester. He was born in Cheshire and studied piano from an early age. After his graduation from the RNCM where he studied piano, double bass, composition and conducting, he decided to specialise in accompaniment and spent two years of postgraduate study culminating in a Performer's Diploma with Distinction in Accompaniment.

Russell has spent many years in the coaching and accompaniment of singers and has travelled widely throughout the UK playing for recitals and Master Classes in such venues as the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, the Cheltenham Festival and the Isle of Man. His career has also taken him abroad, performing in the Channel Islands, Finland, Sweden and Denmark.

Russell has also been involved in many concerts as Assistant Chorus Master to the Halle Choir and Chorus Master of the RNCM Chamber Choir and Opera Chorus. Russell is also Musical Director of the Sale Choral Society, The Lindow Singers and the Northern England Chorale who have toured extensively abroad giving performances in Cyprus, Prague, Vienna and Bratislava.

For over 30 years Russell has been a national and international examiner for the Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music.

Adjudicators - past years

2005 - Ieuan Jones, Susie Allen, Julian Whitaker

2006 - David Theodore, Liz Partridge, Iwan Llewellyn Jones

2007 - Hilary Finch, Euros Rhys Evans, Ben Hancox

2008 - Michael Harris, Jane Watts, Jonathon Price

2009 - Michael Harris, Euros Rhys Evans, Julian Jackson

2010 - David Theodore, Vanessa Latarche, Louise Hopkins

2011 - Sioned Webb, Richard Lewis, Lara James (Griffiths)

2012 - Michael Harris, Euros Rhys Evans, Louise Hopkins

2013 - David Theodore, Liz Partridge, Vannessa Latarche

2014 -
Ian Jones, Chairman; David Greed, Gary Ryan, Meyrick Alexander, Cai Isfryn

2015 -
Ieuan Jones, Chairman; Chris Hoyle, Michael Dussek, Jenni Phillips, Ewan Easton

2016 -
Madeleine Mitchell, Kevin Price, Michael Harris, Terence Lloyd and Ieuan Jones

2017 -
Madeleine Mitchell, Ian Fountain, Jenni Phillips, Mark Phillips and Ieuan Jones

The 2018 Winners

Overall Winner – Gregynog Young Musician of the Year 2018
Willard Carter

Gregynog Young Musician of the Year – 2018

Joint Young String Player of the Year
Joel Munday

Gregynog Young Musician of the Year – 2018 - Joint Young String Player of the Year

Joint Young String Player
Willard Carter

Gregynog Young Musician of the Year – 2018 - Joint Young String Player of the Year

Young Accompanist Prize
Julian Trevelyan

Gregynog Young Musician of the Year – 2018 - Young Accompanist Prize

Chloe Ellen Jones ~ Flute - Joint Young Woodwind Player of the Year

Gregynog Young Musician of the Year – 2018 - Chloe Ellen Jones - Flute

Ewan Millar - Oboe, Joint Young Woodwind Player of the Year

Gregynog Young Musician of the Year – 2018 - Ewan Millar - Oboe

Huw Boucher - Harp, Young Harpist of the Year

Gregynog Young Musician of the Year – 2018 - Huw Boucher - Harp

George Striven - French Horn, Young Brass Player of the Year

Gregynog Young Musician of the Year – 2018 - George Striven - Brass

The 2017 Winners

Overall Winner – Gregynog Young Musician of the Year 2017
Nikita Burzanitsa

Gregynog Young Musician of the Year – 2017

Gregynog Young Piano Player of the Year (joint award) ~ Nikita Burzanitsa & ZhouTian Lang

Gregynog Young Piano Player of the Year

Gregynog Young Woodwind Player of the Year ~ Chloe Ellen Jones (Flute)

Gregynog Young Woodwind Player of the Year

Gregynog Young Brass Player of the Year ~ George Strivens (French Horn)

Gregynog Young Brass Player of the  Year

Gregynog Young String Player of the Year (joint award) ~ Willard Carter (Cello)

Gregynog Young String Player of the Year

Gregynog Young String Player of the Year (joint award) ~ Hannah Brookes-Hughes. (Violin)

Gregynog Young String Player of the Year

The 2016 Winners

Overall Winner – Gregynog Young Musician of the Year 2016
Kirsty Chaplin with Mrs Monica Garbett-Edwards

Gregynog Young Musician of the Year – 2016

Young Accompanist of the Year 2016 – Conal Bembridge-Sayers
Winner of the Young Accompanist prize and Chairman’s Trophy

Young Accompanist of the Year 2016

Young Brass Player of the Year 2016, Benjamin Goldscheider, French Horn.

Young Brass Player of the Year 2016

Young Woodwind Player of the Year 2016, Henry Newbould, Saxophone.

Young Woodwind Player of the Year

Young String Player of the Year 2016, Isobel Howard, Violin.

Young String Player of the Year

Young Pianist of the Year 2016, Kirsty Chaplin.

Young Pianist of the Year 2016

Young Percussionist of the Year 2016, Heledd Gwynant.

Young Percussionist of the Year 2016

Gregynog Young Musician Competition - 2016, Finalists

Gregynog Young Musician Competition - 2016, Finalists

Previous Winners

Winner 2015 - Sheku Kanneh-Mason

Gregynog Young Musician of the Year – 2015

Winner of the Young Accompanist Prize and the "Chairman's Trophy" 2015 - Janeba Kanneh-Mason

Gregynog Young Musician of the Year – 2015

Gregynog Young Musician Competition 2015 ~ Finalists

Gregynog Young Musician of the Year – 2015

Winner 2014 - JULIANA MYSLOV

Juliana Myslov

Winner of the Young Accompanist Prize and the "Chairman's Trophy" 2014 - ISATA KANNEH-MASON

Gregynog Young Musician Competition – 2014 Finalists

Gregynog Young Musician Competition – 2014 Finalists

Winner 2013
CHARLIE LOVELL-JONES

Charlie Lovell-Jones

Winner 2012
TOM BLOMFIELD - OBOE

Winner 2011
ANDREW REYNISH - CELLO

Winner 2010
CHLOE-ANGHARAD BRADSHAW - FLUTE

Winner 2009
STEFAN MORRIS - CELLO

Winner 2008
JULIA HWANG - VIOLIN

Winner 2007
GLAIN DAFYDD - HARP

Winner 2006
HELEN PUGH - PIANO

Winner 2005
CAI ISFRYN - TRUMPET

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