Elgan Llŷr Thomas - Llwybrau'n Cân
Elgan graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music with a first class Bachelor of Music degree. Whilst there he studied with fellow tenor David Maxwell Anderson and was the recipient of many awards including the Elsie Thurston Prize, the Gwilym Gwalchmai Jones award and the Manchester Welsh Society award. He was also selected by the college to represent them at the Junior Kathleen Ferrier Awards in 2009 and also at the Clonter Opera prize, 2012. In2010 Elgan won the solo from a musical at the Urdd National Eisteddfod in Ceredigion, gaining him a place in the coveted Urdd National Eisteddfod Bryn Terfel Scholarship, which he won with an unanimous decision by the panel. This award led to invitations to perform in concerts throughout Wales and the North West of England. His performance highlights include singing duets with Bryn Terfel on his 2011 Christmas TV show for S4C, and with John Owen Jones at the opening concert of the 2011 Urdd National Eisteddfod in Swansea. He has also performed with Hayley Westenra in a concert with the Maelgwn Male Choir, and with Ruthie Henshall in a concert with Rhosllanerchrugog Male Choir. More recently he was invited by the Liverpool Welsh Choral Society as a soloist in The Armed Man – A Mass for Peace with the choir and the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra at the Philharmonic Hall in Liverpool under the baton of its composer, Karl Jenkins. Elgan was one of the first recipients of a Bryn Terfel Foundation Study Grant, and was invited to perform with Bryn and other recipients at the centenary concert of the Pritchard Jones Hall in Bangor University. In the Bro Morgannwg National Eisteddfod in 2012 Elgan enjoyed outstanding successes, winning the Operatic Solo, Welsh Solo, the Osborne Roberts Memorial Prize with a scholarship from the London Welsh Male Voice Choir, the Solo from a Musical with a scholarship from Urdd Lifrai Cymru, and the David Lloyd and Jean Skidmore Memorial Prize for the most promising tenor at the festival.