UWTSD Students selected to take part in this year’s Bryn Terfel Scholarship


Two students from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s Welsh medium BA Perfformio (Performance) course have been selected to compete for this year’s Bryn Terfel Scholarship.

Ysgoloriaeth Bryn Terfel

It was announced at the Urdd Eisteddfod on Saturday night that Glain Rhys, a second year student at UWTSD and Celyn Cartwright, who in his first year, had been chosen as two of six competitors to compete for this year’s prestigious scholarship.

The six competitors were selected by a panel of judges following their performances at this year's Urdd Eisteddfod in Llanelwedd which drew to a close on Saturday night.  The competition is sponsored by the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) and the winner of the scholarship will receive £4,000 towards developing their talent.

The panel of judges included Owain Sion, Iwan Llywelyn, Lowri Walton, Rhian Roberts and Sioned Gwen – all of whom were looking for the six most promising young performers under the age of 25.

The scholarship competition will return to mid Wales in the autumn and will be held on Friday 12th October at the Llandrindod Wells Pavilion. The winner will receive a £4,000 cash prize to use to develop their talent.

Glain and Celyn both reached the final three in the ‘Song from a Musical’ and Folk Song competitions at the Eisteddfod, both giving powerful performances winning over the judges with their talent and potential.

“I’m absolutely delighted to be one of the six chosen to compete in this year’s Bryn Terfel scholarship,” says Glain Rhys.  “The constant support that I’ve had from the University and from my tutors at Canolfan Berfformio Cymru (Wales Performance Centre) has been great.  I wouldn’t have been able to do this without that support.”

Celyn Cartwright is also very much looking forward to competing for the coveted scholarship.  “Being chosen to be one of the six competitors is a great honour,” says Celyn.

“I’ve watched the competition on TV for years and it’s a surreal feeling knowing that I’ll be competing this year.  I’m so fortunate to have this opportunity.”

Eilir Owen Griffiths, Programme Director of the BA Perfformio course at UWTSD is immensely proud of the students’ achievements.

"I'm so proud of Glain and Celyn and I’m delighted that they’ve both been chosen to compete this year in the Bryn Terfel Scholarship competition. They’re both very talented students who always give their best and are always ready to be challenged and pushed as performers.”

"It's been great to see both students growing and developing and to see them grasping every opportunity during their time with us. It's fantastic that Glain and Celyn now have the opportunity to take part in the Scholarship and to be part of such a prestigious competition. I wish them both the very best of luck!"

Glain is currently in rehearsal for her next performance – a production by the University’s BA Perfformio students of Undod.  The play is being staged at The Gate Arts Centre in Cardiff on Thursday, June 7th and Friday, June 8th.

Canolfan Berfformio Cymru (Wales Performance Centre), which is part of UWTSD, has commissioned the dramatist Branwen Davies to write the play, Undod, which has been inspired by the story of an American school teacher in the 60s.     

Whilst Glain is busy rehearsing for her final show at UWTSD, Celyn is preparing for her Acting for Screen module where she’ll have the opportunity to film on the set of Pobol y Cwm at the BBC’s Roath Lock studios in Cardiff.

All students on UWTSD’s Welsh medium BA Perfformio course study at The Gate Arts Centre in Cardiff.  The fundamental ethos of the programme is to provide a solid technique along with a broad understanding of the creative industries in Wales and beyond.

Established by the University of Wales Trinity Saint David in Cardiff, the BA Perfformio is an innovative and progressive course taught intensively over a period of two years by a combination of staff from the University and experts working professionally in the fields of television, dance, entertainment, musicals and theatre.

Given the very practical nature of the degree, students receive a range of opportunities to perform and show their progress on a regular basis, preparing them for careers within the creative industries.

If you’d like to know more about the BA Perfformio course, go to http://www.uwtsd.ac.uk/cbc    

To order tickets for Undod, go to www.thegate.org.uk or phone 029 2048 3344.

The Urdd’s Bryn Terfel Scholarship competition will be held on Friday, October 12th and the Llandrindod Pavillion.  The Scholarship is sponsored by the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

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