Who won the Composer's Medal? The Learner's Medal? The Drama Medal? The Chair and the Crown at the Eisteddfod this year?
Huw wins Bryn Terfel Urdd scholarship
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."