A Level student Caitlin Lavagna from Porth; has been recognised for her musical talents. The 17- year old student is currently studying A Level Drama, Music, Art and Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification at Coleg y Cymoedd’s Nantgarw campus.
Caitlin is a remarkable singer and impressed the judges during her audition with two excellent performances of O Mio Babbino Caro by Puccini and With You from the musical Ghost, to win the prestigious John Tree Award.
The annual John Tree Music competition organised by Cor Meibion Pontypridd was founded in 1991 by industrialist and benefactor John Tree MBE, the Deputy Lieutenant of Mid Glamorgan. The Award celebrates and rewards music making in the Pontypridd area.
Caitlin said “I was delighted to win the Award, I’ve been singing for as long as I can remember; I also enjoy acting, dancing and drumming. I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to perform on several famous stages alongside recognised individuals and groups. An ambition of mine is to study either a Percussion or Drama degree at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and pursue a career in the arts”.
Caitlin is also a talented pianist, drummer and dancer and has performed with orchestras, Folk bands, Dance and Theatre groups. One of her biggest dancing achievements to date includes performing at the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, as part of the Mzanzi Cymru’s production of ‘Torchbearers’; a story of Apartheid which involved young professional dancers and Zip Zap Circus Crew from South Africa.