Only Boys Aloud founder receives honorary degree from USW

Founder of Only Boys Aloud, Tim Rhys Evans, has received an honorary degree from the University of South Wales. Neil Gibson

Tim Rhys Evans


Founder of Only Boys Aloud, Tim Rhys Evans, has received an honorary degree from the University of South Wales (USW).

Originally from New Tredegar, Tim’s career began as an opera singer and vocal coach at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, before forming the all-male choir Only Men Aloud in 2000. The group went on to win hit BBC show Last Choir Standing in 2008.

He went on to set up Only Boys Aloud in 2010 with other members of the choir, encouraging boys aged 13 to 19 to broaden their horizons, grow in self-confidence and keep out of trouble.

Tim was awarded an MBE in 2013, recognising his contribution to the music industry and to charitable services.

He said: “I’m delighted to receive an honorary doctorate of music from the University of South Wales – it’s a huge honour for me.

“I want to say a massive congratulations – llongyfarchiadau mawr – to congratulate all of today’s graduates.

“I’m very proud of my valleys roots. Nobody has the right to limit your ambitions. When I left university I had no idea that I’d be doing what I’m doing now. Life will offer you many opportunities; take them – especially the scary ones.”