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Musicians sound out Wales challenge.

Young musicians are preparing to battle it out in a bid to be crowned the best in Wales.

The final of the Texaco Young Musician of the Year is fast approaching and three of the five contestants are from Cardiff.

Hopefuls from around the country have been taking part in the preliminary rounds for a chance to win the 2007 trophy and pounds 1,000 prize money. Finalists will also get the chance to perform with the Cardiff Philharmonic Orchestra.

Welsh College of Music and Drama undergraduate Gwenllian Llir, an 18-year-old harpist, from Maindy Road, Cardiff, who is studying a performance degree, said she started playing at the age of seven after being inspired by her musician mum Sali-Wyn Islwyn.

'I always wanted to play,' she said. 'All my family will be coming to watch me perform.'

St Teilo's High School pupil Hannah Gill, 18, of Montgomery Street, Roath, who is a pianist, said: 'The final is going to be a lot of work.'

And violinist Joseph de Valle, 17, of Morris Avenue, Llanishen, said he was shocked to be in the final

'It was an amazing feeling when I found out,' he said.

The final takes place on March 31. Tickets are pounds 10 or pounds 8 for concessions and are available from the Sherman Theatre Box Office 029 2064 6900.
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jan 17, 2007
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