The winner of the 2024 Young Musician of Dyfed is pianist Raphael James. He will be performing as part of St David’s Cathedral Music Festival on Tuesday 28 May, as well as taking part in MusicFest Aberystwyth. The runners up were Jonah Barker, Aldo Breedyk Jencyn Corp, Ianto Evans, and Alys Lavery 




The 2023-24 masterclasses will take place on Saturday 4 and Sunday  November 2023 at Rhosygilwen near Cilgerran. The Saturday masterclasses will focus on strings and piano, and the Sunday on woodwind and brass. Other instruments are welcome and will be timetabled on either day.


The atmosphere in these masterclasses is relaxed and informal. The leaders will not be offering technical advice (that’s best left to your instrumental teacher) but rather encouraging you to explore your interpretation of the music and develop your performance skills. The aim is to help increase your confidence when playing – be it at a concert, an audition or in an exam.  It’s somewhere for you benefit from invaluable advice from professional musicians.


Just bring along a single piece of music you’re currently working on, no longer than five minutes in length. This may be a stand-alone piece or a movement/part of a movement from a longer work. It would be a great help if you could bring a spare copy of the music to the masterclass.

We will provide accompanists on the day of the masterclass or, if you prefer, you may bring your own.

There is no charge for taking part. Be aware that places are limited and available on a first come first served basis.

To take part, simply download and fill in the form on this page and either email it to Helen McNabb at or post it to the address provided. If you have any queries, please contact Helen.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 11 October 2023.


To take part in our masterclasses you should:

  • Be under 19yrs of age on 1st September 2023
  • Be in full time education or have a permanent residential address in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion or Pembrokeshire
  • Be of Grade 5 equivalent standard or above



We welcome applications from masterclasses participants and others.  There will be a preliminary round at the end of January or beginning of February 2024 when a panel will select the 5 who are to prepare a 15-minute recital for a public performance/competition to select the Young Musician of Dyfed.

The closing date for applications is  Friday December 15 2023

The competition will take place at Neuadd y Dderwen, Rhosygilwen, Cilgerran on Saturday 13 April 2024.