RWCMD Junior Conservatoire harpist Huw Boucher has added yet another prize to his CV, winning 1st prize in the Rotary International Great Britain & Ireland Young Musician of the Year competition, held at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff.
“Huw has worked so hard for this competition, gaining confidence with each successive round. He fully deserves this wonderful achievement and I’m incredibly proud of him,” said Huw’s harp tutor Kathryn Rees-Peak.
Congrats to Huw Boucher's 'stunning' performance. Awarded 1st prize Rotary International Great Britain & Ireland Young Musician of the Year pic.twitter.com/gvkkBRGB6N
— CCVG Youth Orchestra (@CCVGYouthOrch) May 8, 2017
Last year, Huw won the harp prize at the National Urdd Eisteddfod for his age group. So far this year he has also been awarded the ISM South Wales Centre Prize for the highest ABRSM Grade 8 ‘distinction’ mark of any practical subject, and won the Music in the Vale intermediate category first prize (shared with Tomos Boyles, another Junior Conservatoire pianist).
Patricia Keir, Head of Junior Conservatoire, commented “This has been incredibly exciting year for Huw and reflects his sheer hard work, dedication and talent.
Huw is also a very able pianist, flautist and dancer and it’s an absolute delight to work with him and the many talented musicians who have lessons and classes here at the Royal Welsh College each Saturday.”
Huw is a student at the College’s Junior Conservatoire Advanced Course which meets every Saturday during term time to deliver intensive training for talented 4-18 year olds, giving them a head start towards a musical career.
The featured image shows Huw playing for Cabinet Secretary for Education Kirsty Williams when she visited the College last November.