Gary said, "It has always been a huge ambition of mine to represent Wales in the Cardiff Singer of the World and I’m over the moon to be able to do so. To have won the Welsh Singers Competition is incredible but credit must also go to the other finalists who all sang so wonderfully."
The Welsh Singers Competition is intended for singers at the early stage of their professional career and this year four finalists from across Wales, selected from auditions held in Cardiff and London, competed for the coveted place. The other three finalists were Rhian Lois from Pontrhydygroes, Ceredigion (soprano), Fflur Wyn from Carmarthen (soprano) and Sioned Gwen Davies from Colwyn Bay (mezzo-soprano).
Previous Welsh Singers Competition winners include such luminaries as Bryn Terfel in 1988 and Gwyn Hughes Jones in 1996.
The adjudicators for the final were Rebecca Evans, Della Jones, Donald Maxwell and John McMurray under the chairmanship of Julian Smith. The winner received a prize of £2000, a trophy from Welsh Royal Crystal and a recital in the St David’s Hall lunchtime concert series. Each of the three runners-up received a prize of £750.
Gillian Green, Director Live Music Now Wales Cymru, said, "The warmest of congratulations to Gary on a wonderful performance which captivated the judges and the audience alike. The competition once again highlights the incredible singing talent we have in Wales and I for one can’t wait to see Gary compete for the 2013 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World title."