The Young Musician of Dyfed programmes offers a FREE masterclass led by two well established professional musicians. This is a great way to learn, to gain inspiration for your own personal development and to take away a wealth of knowledge that you can apply to all aspects of your own playing.


This year the masterclasses will take place on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 November 2019 at Rhosygilwen near Cilgerran. They will be led by Roy Howat, and internationally renowned pianist, and Zoe Smith, Head of Interdisciplinary Practice at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.   They have both worked with young people over many years and are fantastic communicators.


The atmosphere is relaxed and informal. Roy and Zoe 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, a school assembly or in an exam.  It is not an audition but somewhere to help you gain advice.


To take part in our masterclasses you should:

  • Be under 19yrs of age on 1st September 2020
  • Be in full time education or have a permanent residential address in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion or Pembrokeshire
  • Be of Grade 5 equivalent standard or above


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.

Roy Howat is happy to accompany you on the day of the masterclass or, if you prefer, you may bring your own pianist.


There is no charge for taking part. However, you should be aware that places are limited and available on a first come, first serve basis.


To take part, simply fill in the form below and either email it to Helen McNabb or post it to the address provided.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 16 October 2019.



There is also an annual competition for the title of Young Musician of Dyfed, The competition will take place at Neuadd y Dderwen, Rhosygilwen, Cilgerran on Saturday 4 April 2020.   Anyone who takes part in the Masterclasses is eligible to apply, but don’t have to do so if they do not wish.  There will be a preliminary round at the end of January or beginning of February 2020 when a panel will select the 5 who are to prepare a 15 minute programme for the April final.


The preliminary round for the contestants in the Young Musician of Dyfed competition will take place on Saturday 18 January 2020 in the Chapel of Trinity St Davids University, Carmarthen.


In addition to prizes for the first three finalists, the winner will have an opportunity to give recitals at the St Davids Music Festival and MusicFest in Aberystwyth.


Application forms should be sent to Helen McNabb by Friday 13 December 2019