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Press Release                                                    29 August 2005

 YOUNG SINGERS REACH THE FINAL OF THE 29th MOCSA COMPETITION

The Morriston Orpheus Choir Supporters Association (MOCSA) continues is long history of support for up-and-coming young singers with the announcement of the arrangements for the Final of the 29th Young Welsh Singer of the Year Competition, to take place in the splendid Brangwyn Hall, Swansea on Saturday, 17th September.

The concert includes a full programme by the Morriston Orpheus Choir as well as the Competition (Tickets available from the Swansea Grand Theatre Box Office – Tel: 01792 475715).

The Competition is open to young Welsh singers (with a qualification by birth, parentage or residence) who are studying singing full-time in one of the many Vocal Studies departments in Colleges and Universities throughout the UK. The search begins early in the year when colleges are asked to publicise the competition. The organisers then sort out the 20 or more applications and heats take place in July to choose four finalists. This year, after a closely fought contest the finalists are:

Katherine Allen (Mezzo Soprano) from Thornhill, Cardiff

Adriano Graziani from Kent (his Mother is from Port Talbot)

Adele O’Neill from Hendy, Pontarddulais

Elisabeth Toye from Creigiau, Cardiff.

A panel of distinguished Adjudicators will have the difficult task of deciding the winner:- Huw Tregelles Williams, OBE; Dr Lyn Davies, Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama and Julie Kennard, Royal Academy of Music.

The winner will receive the MOCSA Trophy to hold for a year; the Ivor Sims Memorial Prize (donated by the Choir) of £1000 and a silver salver presented by Morganite Electrical Carbon Limited. All four finalists receive a £300 prize and the 3 runners-up receive an engraved plaque.

MOCSA receives generous support from the Jane Hodge Foundation.

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