a major competition for instrumentalists

Adjudicators for Gregynog Young Musicians Competition - 2018


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 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’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 Conal specialises in song accompaniment and chamber music, and at the young age of 22 is already making a name for himself in his field. Conal frequently accompanies musicians of all varieties throughout the UK and beyond, most recently performing Schubert’s Schwanengesang with baritone Michael Lowe, and appearing twice at the Edinburgh International Festival, including Dvorak’s Piano Trio in G minor with the Eryri Trio. Originating from North Wales, Conal now studies with Michael Pollock at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and this year was awarded the Simon Clarkson Memorial Award for outstanding all-round musicianship. An advocate for youth and community music Conal is proud to work as a répétiteur with Welsh National Opera, Welsh National Youth Opera, Opera Sonic, Live Music NOW, and Music in Hospitals in their outreach programmes. Conal is also official accompanist for the RWCMD’s Junior Department, a team leader for the Aloud Charity working with the South Wales branches of Only Boys Aloud and Only Kids Aloud, and patron of the community choir, Serenata Singers.


John Moore John Moore read music at the University of East Anglia and The Royal Academy of Music. He studied with Sidney Harrison and Alexander Kelly for piano as well as Professor Peter Aston with whom he studied conducting. At the Academy John studied as a repetiteur and accompanist. John has combined his professional and teaching life over the last twenty years or so in a busy round of conducting, performing and composing in many musical genres. John has also written a considerable amount of music for BBC1 & Channel 4 children's programmes, as well as composing six youth musicals for Shrewsbury School, where he has been Director of Music since 1989. Several of the T.V. programmes have won awards at the New York T.V. & Film Festival.

John is currently Director of Music at Shrewsbury School where he regularly conducts a large choral society of 150 voices in concerts of major choral works. He is Chairman of the Shrewsbury Summer Season Steering Group, and guest conductor with the Eighteenth Century Concert Orchestra and Chorus. He is also Musical Director of Opera Severn and conducts the Shrewsbury Symphony Orchestra. For several years, John was also a founder member of Three Men in a Bow Tie, and has recently written the music for two plays penned by fellow Bow Tie artiste, Martin Jones, as well as having created two seasonal entertainments for chorus, narrator and orchestra with Chris Eldon-Lee, also of the Bow Ties.

ADJUDICATORS - Gregynog Young Musician of the Year Competition

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