Bishop student wins prestigious music award/Myfyriwr ‘Yr Esgob’ yn ennill gwobr fiwsig fawreddog

Hi, I’m Ethan from Year 9, and although I’m extremely busy with my rugby commitments, I still manage to find time to follow another passion of mine…singing!

I’ve been a chorister with the Parish Choir at Llandaff Cathedral for nearly six years and I also sing cantor (soloistchorister) during the school holidays. I’m also a member of CCVG Youth Choir, Only Boys Aloud and for the second year running, I’ve been offered a place with The National Youth Choir of Wales. As a result, I will be spending part of mysummer at Lampeter University on their residency course,followed by concert tours around Wales and other events throughout the year.  

The journey of my latest achievement began last year on Saturday 17TH November 2018, when I attended an audition in Maesteg for the first round of “The Dunraven Welsh Young Singer of the Year 2019” competition.  A few days later I was very excited to receive an email saying I had been successful and had been chosen as one of three finalists in the 11-14 year old age category!  I then had two months to prepare a tenminute recital comprising two contrasting pieces.

The live finals took place on Saturday 23rd February 2019 in the Dora Stoutzker Hall at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. It was a great evening and a great experience, although the timing of the event could have been better as I wasn’t able to watch the Wales v England Six Nations game!After all the finalists had sung, the adjudicators made their decision. Although I was in complete shock at the time, I’m over the moon to have been awarded first place and announced as the “Welsh Young Singer of the Year 2019”. I was awarded an engraved glass trophy along with £500 prize money.

Ethan (Year 9)