Epsie Thompson Takes the Urdd Gobaith Cymru Bryn Terfel Scholarship 2018
The multi-talented flautist Epsie Thompson from Dafen, Llanelli was the winner of the 2018 Urdd Gobaith Cymru Bryn Terfel Scholarship. Her victory came in a spectacular evening at The Pavillion Llandrindod on Friday, 12 October.
Responding to winning the Scholarship, Epsie said,“ I can’t quite believe I’ve won! I think it will take a few days for it all to sink in! This scholarship means so much to me and the finaincial prize will help towards my education in London as I want to ensure I take every opportunity to learn and develop. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank my family for all their support and to each and every music teacher and tutor that have helped me along the way.”
The judging panel was Rhian Roberts, Iwan Llewelyn Jones, Lowri Walton, Gwawr Edwards and Owain Sion, and speaking on their behalf Iwan said, “We’d like to congratulate Epsie for presenting us with a truly inspirational and well rounded programme of entertainment of the highest standard. I don’t think anybody who was at the Pavillion this evening will ever forget the experience. Her technique and ability to experiment with the flute was a joy to watch. I’m confident young Welsh musicans will be inspiried watching and enjoying Epsie’s performance. The standard of all six showed the shine of preparation, and young unequalled talent. What’s special about this Scholarship is that it is a platform for some of the best of our country’s amazing talents, and I can assure you that although the judging process is a joy it’s far from easy!”
Epsie received her education at Ysgol Bryngwyn and Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester. She is now following a post-graduate degree in music at the Royal Academy of Music in London. A keen competitor she won the first prize for instrumentalists under 30 years old at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod this year. Her ambition is to become a proffessional flute player in an orchestra and continue to perform in concerts and recitals in Wales and beyond.
After working with a musical director and choreographer to develop a special 12 minute programme Epsie chose a line up which included ‘Allegretto’ by Benjamin Godard, ‘Aria Lensky’ by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and ‘Bossa Merengova’ from ‘Sonata Latino’ by Mike Mower.
The 2019 Urdd Gobaith Cymru Bryn Terfel Scholarship will be held on 12 October 2019