Congratulations to our two Welsh music students who were both awarded prestigious singing prizes this weekend. Tenor Trystan Llyr Griffiths won the Bruce Millar Gulliver Prize, and baritone Meilir Jones was awarded the Courtney Kenny Award.
Postgraduate Opera student Trystan competed for the £10,000 award against singers from the other five UK conservatoires at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. The panel, comprising judges from The Royal Opera house, Scottish Opera and professional singers, praised Trystan’s voice as one of truly international quality and outstanding potential. Trystan was accompanied by postgraduate Repetiteur David Doidge.
Currently in the final year of his undergraduate degree, Meilir’s £1000 prize is part of a series of competitions run by the Association of English Singers and Speakers, and the judging panel included Patricia Routledge. The third prize was awarded to soprano Gillian Wells, who graduated last year. Fourth year music student William Shaw won the accompanist prize.
Both singers were among the first recipients of a Study Award from The Bryn Terfel Foundation, and, along with Bryn Terfel, are represented by the Harlequin Agency.