Press Releases 2014-2015

Tenor, Elgan Llŷr Thomas wins the prestigious Stuart Burrows International Voice Award


Tenor, Elgan Llŷr Thomas was recently announced the winner of the celebrated Stuart Burrows International Voice Award during a wonderful evening of song which took place at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David in Carmarthen on Saturday, July 4th.

Sixteen young singers from Wales, the UK and beyond took part in a day-long competition which resulted in Elgan Llŷr Thomas being awarded the coveted title along with a financial prize of £4000.

The highly respected Stuart Burrows International Voice Award is an annual event that takes place at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David in Carmarthen each Summer with the 2015 award marking the ninth year of competition.

This award was established in honour of the world-renowned Welsh tenor and former Trinity College student, Stuart Burrows, with the aim of helping young soloists progress in their musical careers. 

This year, the competition judges were soprano, Sian Meinir and Baritone, Eric Roberts who were both overwhelmed by the standard of the competitors.

With sixteen singers competing, the judges had the difficult task of shortlisting six to go on to perform a 20 minute programme each in a concert that very same evening.  The winner, Elgan Llyr Thomas, who was chosen by the judges, was announced at the end of the concert.

Elgan Llŷr Thomas, is from North Wales and is a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester where he gained a first class honours degree. He is currently on a postgraduate course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London under the tutelage of Susan McCulloch, supported by the Ashley Family Foundation and the Ryan Davies Memorial Trust. In September 2014 he continued his studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama Opera Course.

In May 2012, Elgan became one of the first recipients of a Study Award from the Bryn Terfel Foundation. He followed this by winning four major competitions for under twenty five years of age at the 2012 National Eisteddfod of Wales.  Previous prizes and awards include the Urdd National Eisteddfod Bryn Terfel Scholarship and the music theatre solo competition in the 2010 Urdd National Eisteddfod of Wales. During his first year at the RNCM, he won the Elsie Thurston Prize and represented the College at the Kathleen Ferrier Bursary Award in October 2009 and the Clonter Opera Prize in 2012.

Elgan is currently covering the role of Lampwick in The Adventures of Pinocchio at the Guildhall. He will also return to Garsington Opera this summer to understudy the role of Binet in Offenbach’s Vert Vert.

Thanks to a generous donation from Mr Dilwyn Williams, a special Audience Prize was also introduced this year with the audience members having the opportunity to choose their favourite.  Elgan captivated the audience as well as the judges as he was also awarded the inaugural Audience Prize.

The five other finalists taking part in the concert were Tenor, Trystan Llŷr Griffiths; Soprano, Mari Wyn Williams, Soprano, Fleur de Bray; Soprano, Tereza Gevorgyan and Soprano, Galina Averina.

With talented singers from across the world having competed for the Stuart Burows International Voice Award over the last nine years, the University of Wales Trinity Saint David now looks forward to organising next year’s competition and to celebrate the award’s 10th anniversary.

“The University of Wales Trinity Saint David is central to the development of opportunities within the arts and culture in Wales and is proud its reputation as an Institution that nurtures and develops new and aspiring young talent,” says Professor Medwin Hughes, Vice Chancellor of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

Note to Editor

1. The University of Wales Trinity Saint David was established in 2010 through the merger of the University of Wales Lampeter and Trinity University College, Carmarthen. On 1 August 2013 the Swansea Metropolitan University merged with the University.

2. The University’s Royal Charter 1828 is the oldest in Wales, and it is third behind Oxford and Cambridge in Wales and England. HRH Prince of Wales is the Patron of the University.

3. On 1 August, 2013 Coleg Sir Gâr merged with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David Group, however they will keep their own brand. Coleg Ceredigion merged with the Group on 1 January 2014.

Further Information

For further information, please contact Sian-Elin Davies on 01267 676908 / 07449 998476 or by emailing