Trystan Ellis-Morris is one of the most well-known presenters on the Urdd Eisteddfod stage and this year, he will be at the helm once again for the Opening Concert. Trystan will be returning to our TV screens this years, co-presenting one of the most popular programmes on S4C, Priodas Pum Mil, as well as musical events such as Cân i Gymru. This is the third consecutive year that Trystan has presented the concert and he has been a compare at the Festival for over ten years.
Some things are memorable in life and without a doubt, the haunting voice of Alys Williams is one of those things. Over the past two years, Alys has been performing with a band under the name Blodau Papur. The other members of the band who have fingers in many musical pies are Osian Williams (Candelas / Palenco / Siddi) Aled and Dafydd Huws (Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog) and Branwen Williams (Cowboris Rhos Botwnnog / Siddi).
Blodau Papur have a strange, deep blues vibe and their live performances have attracted attention all over Wales.
Rhydian was raised in Maesteg in the Llynfi Valley, and is a former pupil at Ysgol Cynwyd Sant and Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Llangynwyd. In 2018, he received a BA Hons degree in Welsh from Cardiff University, before completing the PGCE course at Cardiff Metropolitan University.
In 2019, the young tenor received a scholarship to study a postgraduate course in voice and performance studies at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff. Rhydian hopes to follow an Opera Masters course in the future.
2019 was a tremendously successful year for Rhydian after winning three competitions at the Urdd Eisteddfod and going on to win the Bryn Terfel Urdd Scholarship. As a result, Rhydian has been given opportunities to travel to Japan as part of the St David's Day celebrations and on a tour of Canada to sing with the North American Welsh choir.
Celyn Cartwright is a local girl from the Vale of Clwyd and formerly a pupil at Ysgol Twm o’r Nant and Ysgol Glan Clwyd. She had many memorable experiences during her time at Ysgol Glanaethwy and singing under the tuition of Leah Owen. Celyn is currently studying for a MA degree in Musical Theatre at the Wales Royal College of Music and Drama after securing the Catherine Zeta-Jones scholarship.
She has competed in the Urdd Eisteddfod since she was very young and is grateful for every opportunity given to her and especially the honour of being one of the finalists in the 2018 Bryn Terfel Urdd Scholarship. Celyn hopes that her career was flourish in the coming years and her dream is to perform on the West End stage and beyond.
Originally from Cefn Meiriadog, Mared has been performing her whole life -from writing original songs, to gigging with the rock and pop band, Trwbz and recording her own singles through the label Recordiau I Ka Ching Recording. Mared studied Music in Leeds University before following a MA degree in Musical Theatre at The Royal Academy of Music, London.
Mared is currently part of the ensemble of Les Misérables at the Sondheim Theatre on the West End as well as being the second-understudy to the character of Eponine. Mared is also due to release her own album on Spotify/iTunes very soon. Look out for this release!
Steffan Rhys Hughes
Steffan is a singer and presenter from Denbigh. He started competing in Eisteddfodau when he was 8 years old and over a period of 15 years, he won over 160 national prizes. His first album Cana o dy Galon was released when he was 12 years old. Following this he recorded a duet with Katherine Jenkins on her album Sacred Arias which reached no 5 in the British charts.
In 2016, Steffan won the Bryn Terfel Urdd Scholarship and went on to join the male group, Only Men Aloud. He has enjoyed several British tours, appearances on This Morning and BBC Children in Need as well as performances at the Principality stadium.
Steffan is now a familiar voice on BBC Radio Cymru as the presenter of Sioeau Cerdd Steffan Rhys Hughes (Steffan Rhys Hughes Musicals) as well as a being a TV presenter on S4C. In 2018 he returned to the studio to release his second album – Steffan on the Sain label. He is now looking forward to another year of performing around Britain and beyond.