THE launch of the Swansea International Festival at Swansea University’s Taliesin Arts Centre saw the 2015 John Fussell Award for Young Musicians being awarded jointly to two musicians.
One of the largest music prizes in Wales with a £2,000 prize, it saw the adjudicators, Ingrid Surgenor, senior coach at Glyndebourne Festival opera, David Jackson, Artistic Director of BBC Cardiff Singer of the World and Lyndon Jones, Artistic Director of the festival, torn in their decision between Swansea-born harpist Gwenllian Llyr and Anglesey pianist Jâms Coleman.
The two other finalists were tenor Joshua Owen Mills from Neath and baritone Euros Campbell from Bangor, who each received £250.
Previous winners of the prize include pianist Llyr Williams, harpist Catrin Finch and tenor Rhys Meirion.
The John Fussell Award for Young Musicians is open to singers or instrumentalists of Welsh extraction or living in Wales, with the appropriate qualifications.