Celebration of Talent

Huge thanks to everyone involved in last week’s celebrations. To the young musicians, young composers and our dedicated professionals - Andrew Wilson-Dickson, Matthew Williams, Gareth Jones, Steve Bingham, Chris Brannick and Lynne Plowman. Not forgetting the parents and teachers who give so much time and support to these enthusiastic and talented young people throughout the year.

Our week culminated in the Young Musician of Dyfed Final on Saturday 8 April and Young Composers Concert on Sunday 9 April at Rhosygilwen. Congratulations to George Nash on winning the title Young Musician of Dyfed, runner up Ioan Price (clarinet) and Ifan Llywellyn (trombone) in third place.

The weekend also saw our Chair, Emyr Wynne Jones presenting the charity with a cheque for £10,000 raised through his Kilimanjaro Challege. An amazing feat on his behalf.

A call out now to young instrumentalist players to consider entering Young Musician of Dyfed later this year and joining us for our masterclasses on 4th and 5th November.

And if you're a budding young composer, you can join us on our journey to write a piece for piano trio starting this September.

Emyr Wynne Jones presents a cheque for £10,000 to the charity.  Pictured with him are, (L – R) George Nash, Ifan Llywellyn and Ioan Price.

Young Composers whose works were featured in the Young Composer Celebration Concert pictures with Steve Bingham (violin), Lynne Plowman (composer) and Chris Brannick (percussion).

Celebration Weekend

Young Musician of Dyfed

The Final

Saturday 8 April 2017


Neuadd y Dderwen, Rhosygilwen SA43 2TW

Ifan Llywelyn    Trombone   

Nils Marggraf    Trumpet

George Nash    Guitar

Ioan Price    Clarinet

Tickets:  £10

and on the door


Dyfed Young Composers

Celebration Concert

Sunday 9 April 2017


Neuadd y Dderwen, Rhosygilwen SA43 2TW

Tickets:  £10

and on the door


New Year Concert

Wednesday 4 January, 7.30pm

St Mary's Church, Tenby

Siriol Jenkins - piano

Talfan Jenkins - saxophone

Ben Richards - trumpet

Rhydian Tiddy - trombone

Celebrate the arrival of 2017 with this concert featuring some of Wales’s brightest young talent.  
Join the current Young Musician of Dyfed, Siriol Jenkins (piano) and her brother Talfan (saxophone), along with Ben Richards (trumpet) and Rhydian Tiddy (trombone) for an evening of uplifting music to brighten the New Year.

The evening will also include Siriol Jenkins giving the first performance of a commissioned piece by Ben Richards.
In aid of Young Music Makers of Dyfed – a local charity that offers young people in Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion the opportunity to work alongside professional musicians and composers.
Refreshments will be served during the interval.

International harpist Catrin Finch leads the line-up for this fundraising concert in aid of Young Music Makers of Dyfed. The West Wales charity is responsible for the running of Young Musician of Dyfed, an annual programme for instrumental players that ultimately leads to a competition which Catrin won in 1993 at the age of 13.

She is joined by three other musicians who have been involved in the programme over the years: pianist Jocelyn Freeman, flautist Jenny Doyne and violinist Molly Rowan Sharples who, like Catrin, won the title at the age of 13 last year.

Over its 25-year history, Young Musician of Dyfed has nurtured a number of talented young players, many of whom have gone on to pursue careers as professional musicians. The charity also runs an annual Young Composer programme that is seeing increasing numbers going on to study composition. The proceeds from this concert will help us continue this important work. We look forward to seeing you for what promises to be a very special evening of music-making of the highest quality.

Tickets: £20  Under 18yrs: £10
Online booking:
And on the door

Saturday 4 June 2016, 11am

St Davids Cathedral SA62 6RD

Young Musician of Dyfed 2016









Tickets: £8 / £4

Book online here

A Celebration of  Talent

Neuadd y Dderwen, Rhosygilwen 

Friday 15 April 2016  7.30pm

Young Musician of Dyfed 

The Final  

Tickets £10 (Under 18s free) 

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Sunday 17 April 2016  3.30pm

Neuadd y Dderwen, Rhosygilwen 

Dyfed Young Composers 

Celebration Concert with

Red Priest

Tickets: £10 (Under 18s free) 

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We’re thrilled to announce that a previous winner of Young Musician of Dyfed, Anne Denholm has been appointed as the Royal Harpist to HRH The Prince of Wales.  Anne is the fifth harpist to hold the position and follows in the footsteps of Catrin Finch and Claire Jones who were also previous holders of the Young Musician of Dyfed title.



We enjoyed a fantastic weekend of music making at Rhosygilwen on 25 and 26 April.  Many congratulations to all the musicians and composers who took part.  The winner of this year’s Young Musician of Dyfed is violinist Molly Rowan SharplesSiriol Jenkins (piano) was the runner up and joint third place was awarded to Daniel Jones and Sophie McLaughlin, both flautists.

You can view Molly performing at the final here.


Saturday 25 April, 7.30pm
Rhosygilwen, Cilgerran SA43 2TW

Young Musician of Dyfed – The Final

Siriol Jenkins - Piano
Daniel Jones - Flute
Catrin Soons - Clarinet
Sophie McLaughlin - Flute
Alexander Morgan - Trumpet
Molly Rowan Sharples - Violin
Tickets:  £10        Under 18s Free
Weekend Ticket: £15
or on the door
Sunday 26 April, 3.30pm
Rhosygilwen, Cilgerran SA43 2TW

Dyfed Young Composers

Celebration Concert
Riverside Brass

Riverside Brass will be giving a concert of works composed by participants in our Dyfed Young Composers scheme.  Since last September over 400 students from across Carmarthen, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire have taken part in presentations, workshops and individual tutorials exploring the art and craft of composition with composer Lynne Plowman.  In this uplifting concert we will present a range of the works written for the ensemble, reflecting the flair and diversity of the young composers. 

Tickets:  £10        Under 18s Free
Weekend Ticket: £15
or on the door



Dyfed Young Composers shortlisted for prestigious national music teaching award

Dyfed Young Composers has been shortlisted for the Best Classical Music Education Initiative Award at the 2014 Music Teacher Awards for Excellence.  The award is sponsored by Classic FM, and the winner will be decided by a public vote on


Support us by voting today for Dyfed Young Composer HERE and then pass on this link to anyone you know.

Thank you

NCEM Composer Award 2014

The National Centre for Early Music is inviting young people living in the UK to composer a new piece for the acclaimed ensemble The Tallis Scholars.  There are two awards:   18yrs and under and 19 – 25 yrs.

The Tallis Scholars will premiere the winning entires at the Church of St John the Evangelist Oxford on Friday 24 October 2014.

Expressions of interest must be registered with the NCEM by Friday 21 February 2014.

Completed scores must be submitted by Friday 21 March

For further information visit the NCEM website  

Anne Denholm