National Youth Arts Wales

Latest News / January 2017

Applications for Young Compsoers 2017 are now open!

Following four very successful years, the National Youth Orchestra of Wales will once again run a composers programme as part of 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 (former Composer in Residence with BBC NOW).

Are you a budding composer aged 13-21? Apply now for a first class experience! Click here for more information and to apply.

December 2016

The NYAW 2016 newsletter

Wishing all NYAW members, participants, creatives, associates, partners, advisers and supporters a Very Merry Christmas & a spectacular New Year!

Read about this year's best bits, staff highlights and what's in store for NYAW in 2017...

Download the NYAW 2016 Newsletter by clicking here

November 2016

NYTW Alumni – Tom Cullen

From Pen Talar (2010) to Weekend (2011) and from Downton Abbey (2013-4) to The Five (2016)… There's no doubt that former NYTW member (2003-5), Tom Cullen, has become a roaring success in the TV, film and theatre world, not only as an actor but as a writer and director too.

Last Friday saw the UK release of A Hundred Streets, a gripping drama where Tom stars alongside the renowned Idris Elba and Gemma Arterton. We're looking forward to watching this stellar cast in what promises to be a thrilling watch. Watch the trailer here.

NYTW Alumni - Kimberley Nixon

Former National Youth Theatre of Wales member, Kimberley Nixon, is no stranger to the television screen; you will almost definitely recognise her from popular programmes and films such as Fresh Meat (2011-16), Black Death (2010) and Wild Child (2008). Following her time with NYTW in 2004, Kimberley has continued to excel in the acting world and is currently appearing as Holly on BBC's Ordinary Lies. You can watch Kimberley in action in episodes 1 and 2 on BBC iplayer by clicking here. We can't wait to see what's in store next!

October 2016

Applications for NYOW 2017 now open!

The National Youth Orchestra of Wales offers a first-class training experience for Wales’ young musicians, constantly delivers performances that are full of energy and is a flagship for youth music in Wales. Once again we're on the lookout for young people under 21 who have a passion for playing.

Want to become a member of the 'Nash' 2017? Apply now!

Online application form here
Download NYOW 2017 Information Sheet here

Deadline for applications is 11 November 2016 with auditions taking place in the New Year.

Questions? Contact the office on 02920 265 060 or email

NYTW Workshops with Massive Theatre from New Zealand

NYTW is delighted to welcome Samantha Scott, the Artistic Director of Massive Theatre in New Zealand, to lead workshops in Wales at the end of this month:


Sam has an international reputation for delivering workshops that are full of fun, ideas, creativity, physicality, and story-telling.  This is a wonderful opportunity for theatre practitioners and young people in Wales to experience making theatre with a highly-regarded Director, who is recognised for her ground-breaking work with young people.

Places on all workshops are limited, so we're asking participants to confirm and pay ASAP in order to secure their places.

Click here for workshop description

Please email  with 'Massive Theatre' in the subject line. Indicate which date you wish to attend and provide your full name and mobile telephone number.

September 2016

National Youth Orchestra of Wales 2017

IMPORTANT NOTICE - Information regarding auditions for NYOW 2017 will be posted here, on our website and will be circulated to our NYOW-database in early October 2016. Sincere apologies for any inconvenience caused by this delay. Thank you for your patience.

Are you a Nash Alumnus? Then reconnect with us and fill in our contact form here

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