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W.S. Gwynn Williams Award

We invite member societies to submit nominations for the annual W.S. Gwynn Williams Award. The award of £1,000, established in memory of the Welsh Amateur Music Federation’s founder-chairman is presented to the society that, in the opinion of the Tŷ Cerdd – Music Centre Wales Chairman, has made the greatest progress in, or contribution to, music-making in Wales in the previous two years. Any affiliated society may be nominated, or may nominate itself, and the Director, in association with the appropriate specialist representatives on the Executive Committee will, if necessary, prepare a short list for the final decision.Caerphilly Community Choir & John Griffiths - WS Gwynn Williams Award, copyright Matthew ThistlewoodAustin Davies (Cory Band) & John Griffiths WS Gwynn Williams Award, copyright Matthew Thistlewood 1

Winners of the 2014 W.S. Gwynn Williams Award: Caerphilly Community Chorus (left) and The Cory Band (right)

It should be stressed that Tŷ Cerdd is not necessarily looking for the "best" society (whatever that may mean) but rather one which has made the greatest progress in fulfilling its potential in raising standards of music-making, presentation, recruitment and administrative efficiency. The value of the society to its local community will also be taken into consideration. The submission should detail the following:

ï the general background of the society;

ï its membership range;

ï its musical progress in the last two years;

ï its work in the local community towards the promotion of music- making;

ï its recruitment policy, with particular reference to its efforts relating to the involvement of young people, ethnic minorities, and those who are disabled or otherwise disadvantaged.

Closing Date: 31 December 2015