Here are the results of the two competitions of the Pencerdd Gwalia Festival. The final stages took place in Bridgend, Wales, birthplace of the great Welsh harpist John Thomas, last week on April 13th.
Junior Competition - under 17 years of age:
1. Mared Emyr Pugh-Evans
2. Molly-Rowan Sharples
3. Cassandra Tomella
Senior Competition - under 25, but with no lower age limit:
1. Llywelyn Ifan Jones
2. Elfair Grug Dyer
3. Molly-Rowan Sharples
Congratulations to all laureates!
The final followed rounds of competition in South and North Wales. The competition day was rounded off by a concert to celebrate John Thomas' life and work, featuring performances by Catrin Finch, Hannah Stone, Katherine Thomas, Gary Griffiths and the Tabernacle Choir. We sponsored the concert, and the first prize in the Junior Competition was sponsored by our Cardiff partners, Telynau Vining Harps.
The festival website has a good collection of information about John Thomas, ranging from contemporary anecdotes and extracts from Thomas's own journals, to two articles about Bridgend in the 1830s and links to events, recordings and sheet music.