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Press Release                                                    28 August 2006



The Morriston Orpheus Choir Supporters’ Association (MOCSA) continues its long history of support for up-and-coming young singers with the announcement of the arrangements for the Final of the 30th Young Welsh Singer of the Year Competition.  This will take place in the splendid Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, on Saturday, 16th September, as part of the annual MOCSA concert. The concert includes a full programme by the Morriston Orpheus Choir as well as the Competition Final itself.  (Tickets are available from the Swansea Grand Theatre Box Office – Tel: 01792 475715). more details


The Competition is open to young Welsh singers (with a qualification by birth, parentage or residence) who are studying singing full-time in one of the many Vocal Studies departments in Colleges and Universities throughout the UK. The search begins early in the year when colleges are asked to publicise the competition. This year 30 applications were received and heats were held in July. After a closely fought contest four finalists were chosen:

Debbie Clarke, (Royal Academy of Music) - a Mezzo-Soprano from Welsh Newton Common, near Monmouth.

Adriano Graziani (Royal College of Music) - a Tenor originally from Neath, now living in Rochester, Kent

Caryl Hughes (Royal Academy of Music) - a Mezzo-Soprano from Aberdaron in Gwynedd 

Claire Watkins. (Royal Academy of Music) - a Soprano from St David's in Pembrokeshire. 

 A panel of distinguished Adjudicators will have the difficult task of deciding the winner:- the Welsh internationally-renowned opera singer Jason Howard, Dr Lyn Davies, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and Julie Kennard, Royal Academy of Music.

The winner will receive the MOCSA Trophy to hold for a year; the Ivor Sims Memorial Prize (donated by the Choir) of £1000 and a silver salver presented by Morganite Electrical Carbon Limited. All four finalists receive a £300 prize and the 3 runners-up receive an engraved plaque.


MOCSA receives generous support from the Jane Hodge Foundation.




Notes for Editors


1.         The Choir holds rehearsals on Wednesday and Sunday evenings



2.         Further information may be obtained from Clive G Williams, Sian Pearce 01639 631684, 07921 776613 or John C Betts, 01792 419714.


3.         Visit the Morriston Orpheus Choir web site at

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