St Elli Annual Music Bursary

St Elli Lodge have agreed to give an annual bursary from June 2017 for a period of five years to assist young talented members of Loud Applause Rising Stars (LARS).

2017 Award

Left to Right - W.Bro Nigel L Murphy Lodge Charity Steward,  Joseph Cavalli-Price and Huw Tregelles Williams OBE, Honorary Patron of LARS

The First recipient to be rewarded is Joseph Cavalli – Price, a talented young man from Neath and a member of LARS. During the Lodge Annual Sunday Lunch on the 4th June 2017 at the Stradey Park Hotel the W.Master W.Bro Philip V Barton presented Joseph with his Bursary Cheque and the Charity Steward W,Bro Nigel Murphy presented him with his Certificate and Trophy, which he will retain for one Year. The Trophy was donated by VW Bro Lawrence C Murphy JP


Joseph is studying as a tenor at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff. He is also a chorister with  Only Boys Aloud and the BBC Chorus of Walesalong  and being a choral and organ scholar at the Cardiff Metropolitan Cathedral . He is also accompanist to Cardiff Arms Park Male Voice Choir and will be participating in the 1000 Massed Male Choirs at the Royal Albert Hall. In appreciation of his bursary Joseph performed, Ombra Mai Fu ( Handels Largo) and Somewhere from West Side Story. He was accompanied by Bro Andrew Pike.


At our Annual Sunday on the 3rd June 2018 Joseph sent the following message :-


Dear Gentlemen.


My sincere apologies that I am unable to join you this weekend, performance commitments mean that I have to stay in Cardiff. I would like to say a tremendous thanks to all in the Lodge for their wealth of support and encouragement both personally and through the award. It has been invaluable in furthering my career as a musician. A good proportion of the award has been spent on piano tuition with the renowned accompanist Michael Pollock once accompanist to Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, allowing me to improve my piano technique, interpretation and understanding of song repertoire. Which is an ever important part of a musicians life. A proportion of the bursary has been dedicated to purchasing new music, a book of Schubert song cycles, a collection of Handel Arias, a book of Roger Quilter English songs and a book of French Song, allowing me to provide a varied programme for recitials.concerts and auditions. Also a small proportion was used to offset transport costs in order for me to participate as a guest accompanist at the Festival of Massed Male Choirs at the Royal Albert Hall.This was  an incredible experience that the bursary award helped me to achieve. In a time when funding for arts and music tuition is ever increasing under threat,it is refreshing and humbling to see organisations like the Lodge stepping forward to encourage musicians on a local and national level. Once again a huge thanks you all,


Joseph Cavalli – Price

2018 Award

Left to Right - VW Bro Lawrence C Murphy JP WM, Osian Wynn Clarke and W Bro Roger W Robinson Lodge Secretary.

The second recipient to be nominated for this year’s bursary is Osian Wynn Clarke, who is 17 years old and is currently studying Welsh Drama and English Literature A levels at Ysgol Dyffryn Aman. He is a member of the Junior Conservatoire at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff and he is currently working towards his Grade 5 Piano, Grade 6 Music Theory, Grade 6 Classical Voice and a Diploma in Musical Theatre.

He is a fluent Welsh speaker who regularly performs at local events, one of his highlights was being chosen to play the part of Coufeyrac in the Welsh Junior production of Les Miserables.Which was held in the Millennium Centre Cardiff and the cast also performed on the West End stage in London, as part of the 30th Anniversary of Les Miserables.


Osian is also a member of the Mark Jermin Stage School, and has been involved in a number of youth productions with this group.

He joined LARS in September 2017 and has since performed at a number of their prestigious events. After finishing his studies Osian would like to pursue a career in music. He was presented with his Bursary cheque, Certificate and Trophy at the St Elli Annual Sunday Lunch on the 3rd June 2018.


As a appreciation of thanks Osian performed two pieces of music accompanied by Bro Andrew Pike.


Loud Applause Rising Stars (LARS) gave their grateful thanks to St Elli Lodge for their continued support to their young singers and musicians.

Submitted by  W.Bro  Roger W Robinson PPrGW

                               Secretary St Elli Lodge No.3942

                               28th June 2018

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