This year the masterclasses will take place on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 November 2021 at Rhosygilwen near Cilgerran. They will be led Kevin Price, Andrew Wilson-Dickson, Zoe Smith and Laura Jane Swinnerton.  There will be two workshop leaders each day.  Kevin Price and Zoe Smith will concentrate on wind and brass instruments.  Laura Jane Swinnerton and Andrew Wilson-Dickson will concentrate on strings, piano and other instruments.

This year we are focusing the expertise of our masterclass leaders by having Laura Jane Swinnerton and Andrew Wilson Dickson concentrate on strings and piano on Saturday 6 November
Zoe Smith and Kevin Price will concentrate on woodwind and brass on Sunday 7 November.
Other instruments are welcome of course and will be timetabled on either day.


The atmosphere 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.

Andrew Wilson Dickson and Zoe Smith are 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 served basis.

To take part, simply fill in the form below 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 13 October 2021.


Emtrants to the Masterclasses are eligible to apply, but you don’t have to if you do not wish.  There will be a preliminary round at the end of January or beginning of February 2022 when a panel will select the 5 who are to prepare a 15 minute 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 9 April 2022 Only those who take part in the programme for the April final.

To take part in our masterclasses you should:

  • Be under 19yrs of age on 1st September 2021
  • Be in full time education or have a permanent residential address in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion or Pembrokeshire
  • Be of Grade 5 equivalent standard or above


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