As a principal singer with Welsh National Opera he appeared at the opening night of the Wales Millennium Centre, and received the inaugural Sir Geraint
Evans Award from the Welsh Music Guild, given annually to a person or persons who have made a significant contribution to Welsh music in any one year or recent years.
Honours are a strangely big thing in sport - we have Sir Gareth Edwards, Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson, Joe Calzaghe CBE, Sam Warburton OBE, Chris Coleman OBE, Jess Fishlock MBE, my fellow Western Mail columnist Nigel Owens MBE and maybe Sir Geraint
Thomas to come?
Seizing their big chances were 14-year-old Vale of Clwyd schoolboy Dewi Wykes, Solihull soprano Lauren Morris, 21, and tenor Berwyn Pearce, great-nephew of another Welsh legend, Sir Geraint
This was a part made for him (as it was for Bryn Terfel halfa-century later, and twice Sir Geraint
The portrait will join other Griffiths portraits of eminent Welsh musicians Sir Geraint
Evans, Osian Ellis and Bryn Terfel in the Aberystwyth-based Library collection.
Pakistani workers involved in breaking up the vessel, the Sir Geraint
, revealed the lack of safety procedures and how they risked injury and even death in the dismantling process.
A pounds 1.5m refurbishment was required before it could reopen ( in November 1986 ( with the Welsh baritone Sir Geraint
Evans doing the honours.
Two ships are involved, the Sir Geraint
in Portsmouth and the Fort Rosalie in Gibraltar.
Berwyn, 26, from Cilfynydd, near Pontypridd, is the great-nephew of another opera legend, Sir Geraint
Evans, while Lauren, 21, is from Solihull and Dewi from Llangynhafal, near Ruthin, in Denbighshire.
Yma roedd Luciano Pavarotti yn canu a Sir Geraint
Evans pan oeddan nhw yn eu hanterth.
A third vessel, RFA Sir Geraint
, whose role is to land troops, tanks and other military equipment on shores or in port, is due to sail from Marchwood today.
No flowers by request but donations if desired to either Sir Geraint
Evans Welsh Heart Appeal or British Lung Foundation (Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis) c/o D.J.