The 2017 competition was held at the Town Hall, Neath on Saturday 2nd September and the winner was Joseph Cavalli-Price from Neath.

Joseph is the accompanist for the Neath and Cardiff Arms Park Male Choirs and has been invited to accompany the choirs in of the songs in the Festival of Massed Choirs in the Royal Albert Hall, London on Saturday, 19 May 2018. The Festival will also feature winners of the Geraint Morris Memorial Award for young soloists - Rhydian Jenkins (2015), Ffion Edwards (2016) and Samantha Oxborough (2017).

The award aims to reward a talented young accompanist or conductor who has already worked with a male choir.  

It was set up in memory of the late John Layton Watkins who had been associated with Association for over 40 years as Stage Manager and General Secretary.