Welcome to Gregynog Young Musician
Patron: Professor Ieuan Jones
President: Lady Davies
You will probably understand when we tell you that we have cancelled this year's competition. This is bitterly disappointing: we care deeply about the performance opportunities for these exceptionally talented young musicians. Preparations were well underway, the first round selection process had taken place and performance schedules for the big day had already been written. I can assure you that there was no shortage of talent. We have contacted all of the semi-finalists with this news, offering them an entry into the 2021 competition and I am pleased to say many are intending to take up this opportunity. We have urged them all to keep practising and we hope that this will help make 2021 our best competition yet. Music, musicians and especially live music, like so many other areas of life, have been very badly affected by the virus. Whilst right now this must be so; I am sure that we all hope that the essence of life, that music is to us all, will come back into our lives very soon. Let's hope that we can all see each other for our Christmas concert. As Plato told us: " Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything".
Keep well, keep safe and take care.
Gregynog Young Musician Chairman
Gregynog Young Musician Competition
The Gregynog Young Musician Competition was founded in 2005 and has become one of the most prestigious events of its kind. The competition is held annually at the highly acclaimed Gregynog Hall, which has a long history of association with music and the arts.
Entrants must be aged 18 years and under and have reached Grade 8 standard or equivalent, on any orchestral instrument, brass band instrument or percussion.
The Competition 2019
The 2019 competition was, yet again, of an incredibly high standard. This year's semi-finalists' performances were from a wide cross section of instrumentalists, ranging in age from 14-18, and had travelled from far and wide to be at Gregynog Hall on a rather rainy day! We were delighted to have a wonderful turnout for the day and the audience was treated to performances on Recorder, Flute, Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Harp and Piano. All the young musicians were competing for five places in the evening's final. After what was truly a wonderful day of incredible music making, the adjudicating panel deliberated and the five finalists were announced. The final was of an incredibly high standard and all five performers gave the audience plenty to delight over as well as giving the panel a very difficult decision.
We are pleased to announce that the category winners of the 2019 GYM are:
Young Woodwind Player: Sofiia Matviienko - Flute
Young Harpist: Huw Boucher - Harp
Young String Player: Danushka Edirisinghe - Cello
Young Pianist: Ellis Thomas - Piano
Young Accompanist Prize: Avishka Edirisinghe
Adjudicator's Prize: Will Duerden - Double Bass
With a very varied programme full of virtuosity, lyrical poise and musical authority, Ellis Thomas was announced as the overall winner and Gregynog Young Musician 2019. Congratulations, Ellis!
Ellis Thomas - Gregynog Young Musician of the Year 2019
The chosen finalists compete for the first prize of £3,000 and the Peter Garbett-Edwards trophy.
The winner will also receive invitations to perform at Tenby Arts Festival and Machynlleth Tabernacle.
Next competition date: April 2021 - date to be confirmed
The competition is divided in to 5 separate categories as follows:
'Gregynog Young String Player of the Year'
'Gregynog Young Pianist of the Year'
'Gregynog Young Woodwind Player of the Year'
'Gregynog Young Brass Player of the Year'
'Gregynog Young Harpist / Guitarist / Percussionist of the Year'
For the overall winner awarded the title
'Young Musician of the Year'
Category Winners will receive
Young Accompanist winner will receive
The Chairman's Trophy