Dydd Gŵyl Dewi hapus! What a special St David’s Day here at the College as we welcomed our Patron, the Prince of Wales, and the Duchess of Cornwall to a performance in honour of the Welsh Patron Saint.
The Prince’s visit marked the launch of a major new scholarship appeal for the College. Four of the first five students to be awarded the scholarships, music student Toks Dada, opera singer Trystan Griffiths, theatre designer Camilla Clarke, and actor Elliw Dafydd, met Prince Charles on the stage of the Dora Stoutzker Hall after the performance.
Meanwhile over in Los Angeles, the fifth scholarship recipient, David Doidge, currently studying repetiteurship as a postgraduate, was playing at a reception to celebrate Welsh talent and the launch of the College’s scholarship appeal.
“Accepting this award was such an honour for me, and it’s really boosted my self-confidence,” said Elliw. “It’s great to know that all the effort and dedication we put into our studies doesn’t go unnoticed. My tutors have always supported me, and given me such constructive and encouraging feedback. I feel really nurtured here, and am looking forward to carrying on learning and expanding my knowledge in acting studies, and developing my personal skills. This scholarship means I can pay for extra lessons so I can perfect other abilities such as singing.”
“Musician Toks Dada adds, “I am absolutely thrilled to have my work as an arts entrepreneur recognised with this incredibly prestigious Prince of Wales award. This scholarship comes at an ideal time, as I reach the end of my undergraduate study and look forward to undertaking the Masters in Arts Management course here at the College. I will be forever grateful to the College for its training, development and support, particularly in the field of arts entrepreneurship – a provision offered by none of the other leading conservatoires.”