National Youth Arts Wales
About
"From dance to brass, orchestra to drama, NYAW is the one stop shop for Wales's talented young people" - Western Mail

Facts you might not know about us:

  • The Choir provided "backing vocals" on Katherine Jenkins' Second Nature CD.
  • The Orchestra was the training ground for Velvet Underground's John Cale, leading Welsh composer Karl Jenkins and Bond violinist, Eos Chater.
  • Members of National Youth Brass Band of Wales were "player doubles" for actors Ewan McGregor and Tara Fitzgerald in the hit film Brassed Off.
  • National Youth Dance Wales was launched in a garden - to be precise, the National Botanic Gardens of Wales, Carmarthen.
  • Dr Who called upon former NYTW members during recent filming in Cardiff, including Eve Myles (Gwyneth in Episode 3 The Unquiet Dead) and Kate Borde (production team).

What is the largest venue we have ever played?

National Youth Orchestra of Wales appearance at the National Concert Hall, Belfast.

What has been the least likely venue?

The canteen in the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth which became a backdrop for the National Youth Theatre of Wales's production of Faustus.

What is the smallest venue we have ever played?

St Anne's Church in Ynyshir, Rhondda, where National Youth Choir of Wales sang to the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, amongst others.

What strange demands have conductors and directors made on the production team?

And who is our audience?

Audiences have ranged from 1.8 million (via the Choir's annual appearances on Radio 4's Morning Service) to under 100 for a special concert in Ynyshir with the Archbishop of Canterbury.

National Youth Arts Wales (NYAW) is managed by WJEC and Tŷ Cerdd - Music Centre Wales. The WJEC looks after the National Youth Dance, Youth Orchestra and Youth Theatre programmes, whilst Tŷ Cerdd is responsible for the Youth Brass Band, Youth Choir, Youth Jazz, Symphonic Brass and Youth Wind Orchestra.