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2013 MOCSA Winner

Joshua Owen Mills (tenor) wins the 2013 MOCSA Young Welsh Singer of the Year Competition at the 37th final of this prestigious event. 

Joshua is from Neath, South Wales. He attended the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London where he graduated with first-class honours. He  is currently a Samling Scholar on the post-graduate Opera Course under Adrian Thompson and Yvonne Kenny. He has won various singing prizes including the Glass Sellers Prize in the GSMD Gold Medal Competition, the Towyn Roberts Scholarship and the Osbourne Roberts Memorial Prize in the 2013 National Eisteddfod, first prize at the Welsh Association of Male Choirs Competition, and the Dunraven Young Welsh Singer of the Year .

The 2013 finalists were (left to right):  
Euros Campbell (baritone), 
Eilys Myfanwy Davies (mezzo-soprano),
Joshua Owen Mills (tenor)
and Rhiannon Llewellyn (soprano)
Guest Accompanist was Jeffrey Howard

The three adjudicators in the foreground (left to right) are:

Julian Smith who,  for 21 years,  was Head of Music at Welsh National Opera and is now Music Advisor to the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition;

Leah-MarianJones who was herself a MOCSA winner in 1985  and is now a free-lance opera singer working with Welsh National Opera, English Opera, Royal Opera House, Scottish Opera, and the Metropolitan Opera in New York, and

Dr Richard Elfyn Jones  a senior lecturer in the School of Music at Cardiff University where he teaches composition. He regularly adjudicates for the vocal and choral sections of the National Eisteddfod and Chairs the Blue Riband Competition. He has worked as a free-lance chorus master for Sir Colin Davies, Sir Neville Marriner and Sir Roger Norrington.


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