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MOCSA Young Welsh Singer of the Year 2006 -THE SEARCH IS ON

Press Release                                                    18 April 2006
 

MOCSA Young Welsh Singer of the Year 2006 -THE SEARCH IS ON!

 As the Morriston Orpheus Choir celebrates its 71st Anniversary, its Supporters` Association (MOCSA) is planning its 30th Young Welsh Singer of the Year Competition.

MOCSA was formed in 1974 by a group of supporters (then known as subscribers) of the Choir and held its inaugural concert in 1975.   However, in 1977 it was decided to encourage young Welsh singers by organising an annual Young Welsh Singer of the Year Competition.   Winners and Finalists who have gone on to glittering careers include Rebecca Evans, Bryn Terfel, Leah-Marian Jones, Gwyn Hughes Jones, Anthony Stuart Lloyd, Jason Howard and Katherine Jenkins.

The Competition is open to young singers with a Welsh background and in full-time study for a vocal qualification.   The Winner in 2005 was mezzo-soprano Katherine Allen from Cardiff who was studying on the Royal Academy of Music Opera Programme, having earlier graduated with a degree in Music at the University of Wales, Cardiff. 

The Winner of the Competition receives the MOCSA trophy, the Ivor E Sims Memorial Prize of £1000 (donated by the Choir), a cheque for £300 and an inscribed silver salver donated by Morganite Electrical Carbon Company Ltd.   The other Finalists each receive a cheque for £300 and an inscribed plaque.

The heats of the Competition to select four finalists will be held in Swansea on Sunday 16th July, 2006, and a number of entries have already been received.   The FINAL will take place during the Annual MOCSA Concert on Saturday 16th September 2006 at the Brangwyn Hall, Swansea.   Competition entry forms and further details may be obtained from the MOCSA Secretary, John Betts on 01792 419714 or gensec@morristonorpheus.com.

 

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Notes to Editors

1.         Further information on MOCSA and the Competition is available on the Choir’s web-site at www.morristonorpheus.com or from Clive G Williams or Siân Pearce on 01639 631684 or 07921 776613.

 

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