Award Winners in 2020

Junior Conservatoire Award Winner

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Ieuan Davies

Recognising Musical Talent

Just before Christmas, we made our first Junior Conservatoire Award at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. The Award was made to IeuanDavies who is in his first term as an undergraduate at the RWCMD. He joined the Junior Conservatoire at the College in 2016 and attended weekly sessions of tutoring on the piano for four years. He had completed examination Grades 1, 3, 5 and 7 and is in the process of completing Grade 8.

Although born in Shrewsbury, his family moved to south Wales when he was five and he considers Wales as his home. His tutor reports that he has worked extremely hard to develop his technical skills during his time at the Junior Conservatoire, and has taken many opportunities to perform as a soloist as well as in chamber duos and trios. He has already been recognised by the College as he was chosen as one of the pianists to perform at the inaugural concert when 25 new Steinway pianos were presented to the College in the autumn.
One of his ambitions during his time at RWCMD is to be able to explore and perform as many chamber works across a variety of styles and ensembles as he can. In early February he will again perform at a Chamber Trio Concert held at the College.

He will use the Award to fund acquisition of sheet music for chamber works so expanding his library of chamber music that he can perform. Some of the funds would also be used to purchase academic books and additional core piano repertoire music. When concerts and masterclasses are re-established, he would wish also to fund attendance at such classes which would allow him to observe other musicians perform and teach.
He has a career ambition to perform within chamber groups and is clearly committed to his development with piano music. He is also very interested in becoming involved with the Young Person’s Community and sees winning this Award as significant recognition of his efforts.

He was nominated by his Head of Pre-College and we were delighted that we were able to award Ieuan with this Junior Conservatoire Award.


WLCOW Disability Award Winners - Jamie and Tamsin pictured below with Disability Arts Cymru (DAC) Director Sara Beer

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Jamie Berry

Jamie is a professional dancer who works with young people in South Wales, he was named Welsh Creative Tutor of the Year 2020. Jamie promotes the work of disabled artists, creating work for dance productions and for community activity and development. The support Jamie has received from WLCOW will enable him to develop his skills as a tutor in Hip Hop and to create a new piece of work in Spring 2021 with Avant Cymru which will enable audiences to experience and discuss the benefits of Hip Hop for better mental health.

Tamsin Griffiths

Tamsin creates bilingual participatory interactive projects that blur the boundaries of art-forms and challenge perceptions about Mental Health, through form and content. Tamsin utilises multiple skills and experiences from the worlds of visual arts, theatre, sound, the written word, film, dance and physical performance to best convey a story and engage with our communities. Collaboration and development is integral to her practice, working with inspiring film artists, writers, choreographers, visual artists, directors, producers and performers. The WLCOW award will enable Tamsin to collaborate with a sound artist on a new piece of work.

The National Youth Orchestra of Wales Award Winner

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Aden Yip

Aden Yip a third year student studying violin at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff who is planning to make his own violin
He was presented with the cheque, Certificate and Congratulations letter from The Master Peter Coleman on the 26th November 2020 at the Royal Welsh College of Music by PM Dr Sarah Cockbill and Margaret Davies. He has expressed his appreciation to WLCOW for his Award.


The National Youth Orchestra of Wales Award Winner

Elen Morgan-Williams

Elen Morgan-Williams

Elen Morgan- Williams a final year student at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama studying the oboe and cor anglais and is planning to apply for a Music Therapy Course at the Guildhall
She was sent the cheque, Certificate and Congratulations letter from The Master Peter Coleman by post. She has acknowledged receipt and expressed her gratitude to WLCOW for her Award.


North Wales Committee William Mathias Award Winner

Glyn Porter

Glyn Porter

Glyn Porter is 16 years old and from Caernarfon. He studies percussion at Canolfan Gerdd William Mathias with Dewi Ellis-Jones and is currently preparing for his grade 8. Glyn also plays the Euphonium and piano and recently achieved a high distinction in his grade 8 euphonium.


North Wales Committee Ad Hoc Music Award Winner

Tesni Jones

Tesni Jones

Travel Award Winners 2020


David Williams, Engineering Travel Award Winner 2020

Daniel Lewis, Innovation Travel Award Winner 2020


"Welsh Artists’ colourful career flourishing with support from the Worshipful Livery Company of Wales”

Billy Bagilhole, born in Pwllheli on the Lleyn, graduated with a first class honours from Chelsea Art College in 2018 and struggled to continue with his painting due to the lack of affordable studio space in Central London. Assistance from the Worshipful Livery Company of Wales allowed Billy and his fellow Welshman, Cybi Williams from Blaenau to continue with their passion and realise their ambition by providing additional funding for a studio in Vauxhall.

Billy wanted to express his thanks by saying “without the support of the Livery Group we would not have the essential space to paint and I certainly would have struggled to accept the great honour of painting Sir Bryn Terfel”
The portrait was part of an S4C series called “ Wales on Canvas” and has served to raise the profile of Billy’s work. To view their work: billybagilhole.com and cybiwilliams.com


Chelsea Davies winner of the Journalism Travel Scholarship Award 2020 which she used to travel the Wales Way.

Schools Awards 2020

Maryam Balogun, Bishop Vaughan High School Swansea

Jacob Dawson, St David’s College
Jodie Neville: Coleg Y Cymoedd

Thomas John The Coleg Merthyr Tudful

Regi Certeza: Ysgol y Deri Special School

Caitlin Davies: Ysgol Penglais Aberystwyth

Muaad Eghlileb Fitzalan High School