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Young musicians in final showdown for 2005 title glory.

Byline: By Hannah Jones Western Mail

They're five of the most talented young musicians in Wales.

And they've been picked to play in the final of the Texaco Young Musician of Wales 2005 competition.

The youngest finalist is 12-year-old Glain Dafydd from Bangor. Glain plays the harp and is a student at Ysgol Tryfan in Bangor.

There are also two 14-year-olds in the line-up. They are Cardiff cellist Ye-Lin (Stella) Cho, and violinist Simran Singh from Llandybie.

Edmund Hartzell, 17, from Saundersfoot, plays the double bass and attends the Yehudi Menuhin School in Surrey.

The final musician is 18-year-old Aimee de Gruchy-Lambert from Machen. She plays the flute and is currently studying at Brasenose College, Oxford.

Ken Crowle, of competition organisers Cr Meibion De Cymru said, 'The competition has been brilliant so far and I'm very impressed with the standard.

'To me, this has been the best since we started the competition in 1989.

'There are no pianists in the final but there is a good selection of other instruments, which is sure to make it a really exciting final.

'The chosen finalists will have an opportunity to perform on stage in front of an audience and part of their prize will be to play with The Cardiff Philharmonic Orchestra.

'The evening should be a valuable experience for them and hopefully one that they will thoroughly enjoy.'

The competition winner will receive pounds 1,000 and the Texaco Young Musician of Wales trophy. Second and third placed finalists will receive pounds 750 and pounds 500 respectively, and the two other finalists pounds 250 each.

Provided they are in Wales, the music departments at each of the finalists' schools will also receive a donation equal to that won by the individual.

The showdown will take place at the Sherman Theatre in Cardiff on April 23.
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Dec 13, 2004
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