Bryn Terfel Scholarship
Bryn Terfel Urdd Scholarship award 2014
Sunday evening, 12 October, 2014 clog dancer Enlli Parri from Cardiff won the prestigious Urdd Gobaith Cymru Bryn Terfel Scholarship in a spectacular concert held in the Great Hall, Aberystwyth Art Centre. The Scholarship, which is worth £4,000, was presented to her in the concert that was broadcast live on S4C.
Enlli, a former pupil of Ysgol Gyfun Plasmawr, took the top spot after impressing five expert judges, Cefin Roberts, Eirian Owen, Eirlys Britton, Dafydd Huw and Gwyn L. Williams. Enlli’s repertoire included a traditional Welsh dance and an original contemporary dance. In the lead-up to the Scholarship concert, she had a master class with Cerian Phillips who has herself competed for the Scholarship in the past.
Enlli now lives in London and is studying for a BMus degree in the Guildhall, London.
Enlli said, “I had such a shock when they said my name – I just couldn’t believe it! I’ve been preparing for the Scholarship for quite some time, and I would like to thank Minny Street Chapel in Cardiff for the use of their vestry so that I had enough space to practice!
“I’m going to use the money to develop my skills as a musician as I’ve just started a course studying the flute in London. I will continue to dance, but more as a hobby!”
Cefin Roberts, one of the panellists said, “We were very happy with the six that were on stage tonight, and they were all of a high standard. We had quite a discussion following the performances, and it was very close, but we all agreed in the end that Enlli was the deserving winner.
“She gave a spectacular performance, engaging brilliantly with the audience, which is quite a talent for someone who is so young. You could see that she was totally relaxed and enjoying herself. Her greatest strength was that she had many skills and could engage with the whole audience, right to the back row.”
Previous winners of the Bryn Terfel Scholorship:
2014 Meirionnydd - Enlli Parri
2013 Pembrokeshire - Chloe Angharad Bradshaw
2012 Eryri - Huw Ynyr Evans
2011 Swansea and district - Glain Dafydd
2010 Ceredigion - Elgan Llyr Thomas
2009 Cardiff Bay - Catrin Angharad Roberts
2008 Conwy - Rhian Lois Evans
2007 Carmarthenshire - Manon Wyn Williams
2006 Denbighshire - Rhys Taylor
2005 Wales Millenium Center - Lowri Walton
2004 Anglesey - Rakhi Singh
2003 Tawe Nedd and Afan - Aled Pedrig
2002 Cardiff - Rhian Mair Lewis
2001 Cancelled due to Foot and Mouth disease
2000 Vale of Conwy - Fflur Wyn
1999 Lampeter - Mirain Haf