Latest News / December 2013
National Youth Theatre of Wales wants to work with YOU!
National Youth Theatre of Wales (NYTW) is leading a series of Open Days for creative and enthusiastic young people (14 – 18 years) who love theatre and performing, and are excited about learning new skills and working with new people!
When & Where
8 December: Torch Theatre, Milford Haven
14 December: Swansea Grand Theatre
4 January: Beaufort Ballroom, Ebbw Vale, Blaenau Gwent
5 January: Blackwood Miners Institute, Caerphilly
Cost: £5 for the whole day (10am – 4pm) Places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come/first-served basis, so reserve your place NOW!
Come along – have a go – surprise yourself! (more)
Dear Music Lover
This Saturday (7 th December), members of the National Youth Orchestra of Wales join forces with their professional counterparts of the Welsh Sinfonia to present an excellent programme of string music from both sides of the Atlantic.
More information can be found on the attached flier and tickets for the concert can be booked through the Welsh Sinfonia Website (www.welshsinfonia.co.uk) or bought on the door.
We hope you can join us.
National Youth Theatre of Wales (NYTW) is looking for creative and enthusiastic young people who love theatre and performing, and are excited about learning new skills and working with new people!
● 14 – 21 years old
● passionate & curious about Theatre and Performing Arts
● keen to work with world-class theatre professionals
● already involved in drama (performing or backstage)
Yes? Then join our mailing list here for more information on auditions, workshops and performances
Calling youth dance groups in Wales to take part in U.Dance Cymru 2014 and U.Dance 2014
Following the success of U.Dance 2012 and U.Dance 2013, NYAW is looking to host platforms at Galeri, Caernarfon and Sherman Cymru, Cardiff early in 2014.
To be part of this fantastic opportunity and showcase for youth dance in Wales, please register your interest by completing this short online form (more)
A Tribute to Fran Medley
It is with some considerable sadness that I share the news that Frances Medley died on 18 September 2013.
The vast majority of young people associated with National Youth Arts Wales (NYAW) may be unaware of the significant contribution made by Fran in her role as Chair of the NYAW Steering Group. She worked behind-the-scenes: chairing meetings; offering professional guidance and advice, and personal support to members of the NYAW team; attending concerts and performances – across Dance, Music and Theatre; and speaking eloquently about the standards and excellence achieved by some of Wales’ finest young performers to a whole raft of decision-makers and potential investors. (more)
NYAW Young Strings Programme
In a new initiative this autumn, supported by the Colwinston Charitable Trust, National Youth Arts Wales is running a series of regional string workshops across Wales.
If you are aged between 11-18 and play to Grade 5 standard or above; we want to hear from you! (more)
Perform for Wales in 2014 - NYAW music ensemble applications now due
The deadline for applying to the National Youth Arts Wales music ensembles is approaching fast; make sure you don’t miss out by filling in the online forms (available through this website) today.
The NYAW music ensembles offer fantastic opportunities for young musicians to train and perform at the highest level. Whether you’re a brass player, chorister, an orchestral musician or a Jazzer – NYAW has something for you! (more)
A New Violin for our Leader!
Bethan Allmand , incoming Leader of the National Youth Orchestra of Wales (NYOW), will perform with a new violin for this summer’s concerts thanks to a new partnership between the NYOW and Cardiff Violins – one of the UK’s leading instrument suppliers. (more)
Exciting news........Be part of NYAW's Young Composers Residency 2013!
In a new initiative, the National Youth Orchestra of Wales will run a composers programme alongside this summer’s NYOW residency. Successful applicants will receive tuition in compositional techniques, instrumental writing and analysis of existing repertoire, all delivered by Mark Bowden (Composer in Residence with BBC NOW).
Deadline for the online application is 22 May with auditions taking place on Saturday 8 June in Cardiff and Sunday 9 June in Wrexham. (more)
Congratulations to NuWorx and Yr Academi
on receiving ‘wild card’ invitations to participate in U.Dance 2013 in Leeds! All credit to the young dancers and Group Directors, Kimberley Steele and Ffion Jones/Craig Ryder respectively, who will be flying the flag for Wales at this major festival of youth dance in July 2013 – alongside Insync and NYDW. (more)
Y.A.N. - A Networking Day for Arts Professionals Who Work with Young People
An opportunity to explore the potential for a Youth Arts Network that connects youth arts providers and practitioners across Wales - Saturday 15 June 2013 (10am – 4pm) (more)
Insync Inclusive Youth Dance fly the flag for Wales
Congratulations to Insync Inclusive Youth Dance on its invitation to participate in U.Dance 2013 in Leeds! All credit to the young dancers and the group’s Director, Rachael Robertson, who will be flying the flag for Wales at this major festival of youth dance in July 2013.
The group will enjoy three, full days of dance workshops and performances, and will present its own piece, Splice (choreographed by Rachael and the dancers), at one of the evening performances.
Insync is part of Artis Community, Rhondda Cynon Taf (photo by Joe Purches)
U.Dance 2013 is managed by Youth Dance England
NYDW hosted U.Dance Cymru, two U.Dance platforms in Wales, earlier this year.
NYOW appoints new Leader for 2013
The National Youth Orchestra of Wales has a new leader for 2013. Bethan Allmand (18) from Wrexham in North Wales has been chosen for this pivotal role following the ‘retirement’ of Lydia Marshall after the 2012 residency.
Along with the 117 members of this year’s Orchestra Bethan successfully auditioned for the NYOW last autumn and was then invited to audition for this prestigious position along with 7 of her peers. As always the standard was incredibly high with each candidate preparing and playing beautifully and giving the audition panel an extremely difficult job to do. (more)
National Youth Dance Wales (NYDW) and Errol White Company are delighted to announce the appointment of Theo Clinkard as Guest Choreographer for NYDW 2013
Theo is a highly-regarded performer, dance maker, teacher and designer. He has enviable connections with some of the UK’s leading choreographers, including Siobhan Davies, Matthew Bourne, Wayne McGregor and Raphael Bonachella, and has toured nationally and internationally with critically-acclaimed dance and theatre companies (see www.theoclinkard.com ) Theo was recently appointed resident artist at Greenwich Dance. (more)
So …. what’s a Creative Activist? .… the National Youth Theatre of Wales is about to find out!
National Youth Arts Wales (NYAW) is delighted to announce the appointment of Jain Boon as Creative Activist for the National Youth Theatre of Wales (NYTW).
As part of a new direction for NYTW this year, Jain will be helping to devise and deliver a very different year-round programme for the Youth Theatre in 2013, and contributing to exciting plans for 2014. (more)