Saturday 21 September 2019

Cardiff the destination for Welsh creative talent, Charles hears

The Prince of Wales was visiting the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

Owen Teale greets the Prince of Wales (Ben Birchall/PA)
Owen Teale greets the Prince of Wales (Ben Birchall/PA)

By Tony Jones, Press Association Court Correspondent

Game Of Thrones star Owen Teale has confessed he was wrong to leave his native Wales to follow his dream of becoming an actor, as the Prince of Wales celebrated Welsh creative talent.

Teale said the Welsh capital is now the “destination” after being impressed by Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama students who performed in Cardiff for their patron Charles.

The prince had arrived at Cardiff Central station by steam locomotive and was treated to a 70th birthday concert – including sketches from his favourite Goon Show characters – by budding musicians, actors and some former students.

Cardiff-born actor Matthew Rhys launched the performance by telling the prince: “Sir, you’ve been this college’s most treasured patron for 19 years and we’re honoured to have you with us today.”

The invited audience enjoyed recitals of Chopin and Bach, Shakespeare soliloquies and orchestral and choir performances of popular tunes, as well as the madcap Goon Show sketches.

Charles takes tea at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (Ben Birchall/PA)

Teale, who trained at Guildford School of Acting, described the production by the students as “fantastic” and added: “It reminds me how wrong I was, but I thought I had to leave Wales to become an actor, but now this is the destination.

“I’m filming back here now, doing a series called A Discovery Of Witches. It’s filmed here, Venice and Oxford, and this is now one of the leading conservatoires in the world – I’m guilty of a little pride.”

Rhys later played on his Golden Globe nomination for his role as a KGB spy in US drama The Americans.

Charles talks to Matthew Rhys (Ben Birchall/PA)

He said about being nominated for the Best Performance by an Actor in a TV Drama award: “It’s always nice to be invited to the party, it was a nice moment.

“It’s always a little bizarre. You finish a project so long ago – we finished in March – and the nomination comes out and you go, ‘Oh yeah, I remember that’.”

The actor added about the birthday performance: “It’s amazing, it’s so immediate and apparent, the level of talent and the technical skill, I’ve been blown away – it’s incredible.”

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