Gwyn Owen from Bangor was awarded a grant in 2015 to complete an MA course in Performance (trumpet). “With the financial support I received from the Pantyfedwen Foundation, I was able to complete my Masters course at the Royal Academy of Music, which gave me the confidence to start a career as a professional musician. I was fortunate to be offered work with a professional orchestra, and the opportunity to prepare for this with the college tutors was very valuable. I spent a year with my main commitment being one of two leading trumpeters with the Southbank Sinfonia. I now work regularly as a soloist and with brass ensembles, and have also started a trial period as a trumpeteer with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra."