MOCSA YOUNG WELSH SINGER OF THE YEAR COMPETITION
To facilitate a full review of the future organisation of the MOCSA Young Welsh Singer of the Year Competition, there will be NO Competition in 2023. Full details of the 2024 Competition will appear here in the Spring of 2024.
Rachel Roper a 23 year old Mezzo Soprano from Hereford (of Welsh parentage), studying at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, is the 2022 MOCSA Young Welsh Singer of the Year. (Click here for more details)
The MOCSA Young Welsh Singer of the Year Competition is open to students, who on the closing date of the Competition, are over 18; studying classical singing, on a full-time basis only, at a university or college and meet at least ONE of the following criteria:
1. Were born in Wales
2. Have at least one parent who was born in Wales
3. Resident in Wales for at least 10 years immediately prior to their 18th birthday.
The Winner will receive:
The MOCSA Young Welsh Singer of the Year Trophy,
sponsored by Gravells Ltd of Kidwelly,
(A replica of the trophy will be kept by the winner)
The Ivor E Sims Memorial Prize of £1,500 - donated by the Morriston Orpheus Choir
Each of the other Finalists will receive an inscribed plaque and a cheque for £300
More details from Competition Organiser:
Howie Johnson Tel/Text 07971 663861
Click here for a report on the 2021 Competition
Previous winners have included international stars Rebecca Evans and Bryn Terfel, both of whom are Vice-Presidents of the Association.
Whenever possible, winners are given the opportunity of staging with the Morriston Orpheus Choir. The 2018 winner Kieron -Connor Valentine sang with the Choir in June 2019 and Chloe Angharad Morgan, the 2017 winner, was the guest soloist with the Choir when they visited Austria and Poland in April 2018. Some have recorded with the Choir and a number have accompanied the Choir on earlier overseas concert tours, appearing in such prestigious venues as, the Roy Thomson Hall, Toronto, and the Sydney Opera House.
PREVIOUS WINNERS’ COMMENTS
Gary Griffiths - Winner 2008
Winning the MOCSA trophy was a poignant moment for me and I feel it has been pivotal in my development as a singer. Having the privilege to perform with the choir as a result not only in the Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, but also abroad in Geneva and at other high profile venues has given me invaluable experience. I truly hope this tradition will last for many more years to come! Visit Gary's website.
Leah-Marian Jones - Winner 1985
Winning the MOCSA prize was instrumental in my transition from student to professional singer. The prize gave me many opportunities to sing with the Choir to large audiences, which inevitably boosts your confidence. So I feel very grateful to Mr Humphreys and the Choir for giving me that chance.
Sir Bryn Terfel - Winner 1988
For any young singer who is still studying or who is in the first years of building a career, competitions like the MOCSA Young Welsh Singer of the Year are invaluable. Singing in a competitive environment is good grounding for the inevitable round of auditions which young singers face. And if, like me, you are fortunate enough to make the final of the competition and then win, it is a real boost to a fledgling career. I know I speak on behalf of many singers when I say that we are grateful to those such as MOCSA who do so much to support and encourage young singers - long may it continue!
Gwyn Hughes Jones - Winner 1990
The MOCSA Competition provides the Orpheus Choir with a valuable opportunity to encourage young singers in Wales. It is the duty of every choir to encourage young vocal talent where they can and the competition goes a long way to fulfilling that duty. I wish the Morriston Orpheus Choir and the MOCSA Competition every success. Pob hwyl.
Anthony Stuart Lloyd - Winner 1993
The MOCSA Young Welsh Singer Of The Year Competition offers many advantages to its competitors. It is a valuable experience on all levels, from prelim to final. It provides a sense of ambience unmatched by any other competition held in Wales or Britain for that matter. It has proved itself an early stepping stone for the singer along his or her professional path and has acted as a barometer for up-and-coming talent with a track record to substantiate. So may it continue for the next twenty five years.
Andrew Rees - Winner 2000
Thank you MOCSA for hosting this special competition. Being able to compete on a concert platform, and in such wonderful venues, enhances the excitement of the occasion. The experience of sharing the stage with the Choir and performing to a large capacity audience is rare, yet invaluable for singers at the early stages of their careers. Thank you for recognising the need to support and nurture young vocal talent and long may it last throughout the 21st century. Diolch a phob lwc.
|1979||Llinos Haf Williams||Soprano||Llanrhaedr-ym-Mochnant|
|1980||Lynne Davies||Soprano||St Asaph|
Huw Rhys Evans
Mari Ffion Williams
Arwel Treharne Morgan
|1990||Gwyn Hughes Jones||Baritone||Llanbedrgoch|
|1991||Catrin Wyn Davies||Soprano||Cardiff|
|1992||Elizabeth Ann Stevens||Mezzo-Soprano||Cardiff|
|1993||Anthony Stuart Lloyd||Bass||Cardiff|
|1997||Owen David Webb||Baritone||Pontlliw|
|2004||Nicola Hughes||Soprano||Tonna, Neath|
|2005||Katherine Allen||Mezzo Soprano||Cardiff|
|2006||Caryl Hughes||Mezzo Soprano||Aberdaron|
|2007||Rhian Mair Lewis||Soprano||
|2011||Kathryn McAdam||Mezzo Soprano||Farnborough|
|2012||Trystan Llyr Griffiths||Tenor||Clunderwen|
|2013||Joshua Owen Mills||Tenor||Neath|
|2015||Emyr Wyn Jones||Bass Baritone||Aberdare|
|2017||Chloe Angharad Morgan||Soprano||London|
|2019||Osian Wyn Bowen||Tenor||Burry Port|
|2020||No Competition||Global Pandemic|
|2022||Rachel Roper||Mezzo Soprano||Hereford|