The Welsh Singers Showcase is a re-branding of what for over fifty years was known as Welsh Singers Competition. The primary aim of the organisation is to make financial awards to young classical singers who were born or raised in Wales, or who, in the opinion of the Trustees, received a significant portion of their education in Wales.

Sioned Gwen Davies

Sioned Gwen Davies, Winner of Welsh Singers Competition 2016. Photo credit: Brian Tarr

Applicants must be no younger than 17 nor older than 31 on June 1st 2018. All applicants must audition on either Sunday 28 January (in London) or Sunday 4 February (in Cardiff), and must provide their own accompanist for the audition.

Following the auditions four or five singers will be selected to sing in the final Showcase Concert, which will take place in St. David’s Hall, Cardiff, on Saturday 30 June 2018. The singers will be accompanied by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

A distinguished Jury will decide after the auditions which singers will perform in the Showcase. The Jury will also determine the Showcase Awards, which will be announced on-stage after the St David’s Hall concert.

The best singer, in the opinion of the Jury, will receive the principal award of £2,000.00 and go forward to represent Wales in the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World  Competition in June 2019. The other final singers will each receive £750.00

Click here to download an Application Form, or here for the on-line application form; For further information please contact the Administrator, Sue Welch on 07876 386428 or e-mail her at welshsingersshowcase@gmail.com

Completed application forms should be sent to:

Sue Welch
Welsh Singers Showcase
41 Plas y Delyn
Lisvane
Cardiff  CF14 0SS

or emailed to welshsingersshowcase@gmail.com

Applications must be received no later than Monday 22 January 2018

Welsh Singers Showcase is also developing a database of young Welsh Singers in order to help promote and develop careers, and provide assistance to opera companies and concert and recital organisers.

The Showcase’s predecessor, Welsh Singers Competition, was founded in 1964 by Roy Bohana, the Music Director of the Arts Council of Wales.  It was at first a triennial competition, with piano accompaniment, but in the 1990s became biennial, taking place in the alternate years to BBC Cardiff Singer.  Accompaniment was now provided by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, and the final was broadcast on Radio Cymru.  As well as the cash prize, the winner gained automatic entry to BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition, representing Wales.