Urdd Eisteddfod winners bid for Bryn Terfel prize

Bryn Terfel
Image caption The Bryn Terfel scholarship has been running since 1999

Six young people will be vying for the approval of Welsh opera singer Bryn Terfel on Sunday, as they bid to win his annual scholarship competition.

Now in its 13th year, the £4,000 scholarship aims to nurture the talent of prominent young Welsh performers.

All six competing at the Stiwt Theatre at Rhosllanerchrugog, Wrexham, were winners at this year's National Urdd Eisteddfod in Gwynedd.

The whole event is also being broadcast on S4C on Sunday evening.

"Since the scholarship was established in 1999 the standard of the competition has been incredibly high, and this year is no exception," said the singer, who lives near Caernarfon.

"I am amazed with the talent that we have in Wales and it is a privilege to give these talented young performers a stage to showcase their talent and a financial boost to their performing career."


All six competing were individual winners in the under-25 competitions at this year's Urdd eisteddfod.

They are Cerian Phillips, from Carmarthenshire; Huw Ynyr, from Gwynedd; Lois Eifion, from Gwynedd; Glesni Euros, from Carmarthenshire; Ceri Wyn, from Gwynedd; and Rachel Lee Stephens, from Rhondda Cynon Taf.

Since being shortlisted, all six have been given masterclasses to help polish their performance ahead of Sunday's competition.

West End star Steffan Rhodri gave Ceri Wyn some top tips with dancer Cai Tomos inspiring Cerian Phillips.

Sian Teifi was Glesni Euros' mentor, with Sian James showing Lois Eifion the ropes and Rhys Meirion tweaking Huw Ynyr's performance.

Only Men Aloud choirmaster Tim Rhys Evans also gave his time to offer Rachel Stephens some advice.

The Bryn Terfel Scholarship is broadcast on S4C at 19:00 BST on Sunday 14 October.

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