The multi-talented flautist Epsie Thompson from Dafen, Llanelli is the winner of the Urdd Gobaith Cymru Bryn Terfel Scholarship 2018 who also receives a £4,000 prize. Her victory came in a spectacular evening at The Pavillion Llandrindod on Friday, 12 October. The prize is sponsored by University of Wales Trinity St Davids.
Epsie’s performance, along with her five co-competitors can be seen in a special broadcast of ‘Ysgoloriaeth Urdd Gobaith Cymru Bryd Terfel 2018’ on S4C at 18.45 on Sunday 14 October. The competition was the culmination of this year’s the Urdd Eisteddfod activities.
Responding to winning the Scholarship, Epsie said,
“ I can’t quite believe I’ve won! I think it will take a few days for it all to sink in! This scholarship means so much to me and the finaincial prize will help towards my education in London as I want to ensure I take every opportunity to learn and develop. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank my family for all their support and to each and every music teacher and tutor that have helped me along the way.”
The judging panel was Rhian Roberts, Iwan Llewelyn Jones, Lowri Walton, Gwawr Edwards and Owain Sion, and speaking on their behalf Iwan said, “We’d like to congratulate Epsie for presenting us with a truly inspirational and well rounded programme of entertainment of the highest standard. I don’t think anybody who was at the Pavillion this evening will ever forget the experience. Her technique and ability to experiment with the flute was a joy to watch. I’m confident young Welsh musicans will be inspiried watching and enjoying Epsie’s performance. The standard of all six showed the shine of preparation, and young unequalled talent. What’s special about this Scholarship is that it is a platform for some of the best of our country’s amazing talents, and I can assure you that although the judging process is a joy it’s far from easy!”
Epsie received her education at Ysgol Bryngwyn and Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester. She is now following a post-graduate degree in music at the Royal Academy of Music in London. A keen competitor she won the first prize for instrumentalists under 30 years old at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod this year. Her ambition is to become a proffessional flute player in an orchestra and continue to perform in concerts and recitals in Wales and beyond.
After working with a musical director and choreographer to develop a special 12 minute programme Epsie chose a line up which included ‘Allegretto’ by Benjamin Godard, ‘Aria Lensky’ by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and ‘Bossa Merengova’ from ‘Sonata Latino’ by Mike Mower.
Aled Siôn, Director of the Urdd National Eisteddfod said, “I would like to congratulate Epsie on winning the scholarship this year in a very close contest. Tonight proved once again, as the Urdd Eisteddfod in Brecon and Radnorshire did in May, that we have an astonishing wealth of talent amongst our young Welsh people. As a movement we are very proud that we are able to provide a national platform for them.
Very best wishes to Epsie for the future, and we look forward to hearing how winning the scholarship has helped her along on her journey