Grade 5 vocal soloist and Year 12 student Devon Macadam-Sutton was selected to sing in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Diamond Anniversary Concert in the Millennium Centre in Cardiff. The honour followed her success at recently coming second in the Mumbles Young Singer of the Year Competition.
Devon started singing in the Eisteddfod at a very young age and has returned each year. Classical vocal work also nurtured her passion for languages. Devon explained “I have to know exactly the emotion of the piece. If it is written in a different language I have to translate it carefully in order to capture the essence of the composition in my performance.” Italian is her preferred language and she would “happily never sing in English again – the vowels are so unforgiving!” Devon achieved an impressive collection of A and A* grades in her GCSE exams this year and is now studying Latin and French as two of her four A-level subjects.
In August, she performed in a prestigious concert at Craig-Y-Nôs Castle in aid of Ty Hafan. She says this was excellent preparation for her solo performance for the Earl of Wessex at the Cardiff concert. Devon conversed with Prince Edward before the event began and described the experience as “phemonenal!”
Her aspirations include studying Opera at university and spending time in Italy perfecting her Italian. “In the future, if I am on the biggest stages, being paid to bring joy to people with my singing then I will be happy.”
We will continue to follow Devon’s career with interest at Ffynone House. With the school’s long-standing emphasis on the importance of music and the performing arts, Devon will follow in the footsteps of other successful musicians and performing alumni.