Latest News / February 2016
Applications for NYDW 2016 now open
This Easter the NYDW team will be travelling throughout the country scouting for Wales' most talented and committed young dancers (aged 16 – 21). Are you passionate about dance and would love to take part in first-class training and performance opportunities? Apply now!
Online application form available here
NYDW 2016 Guidelines available here
Deadline for applications is 29th February 2016
If you'd prefer hard copies, contact the NYAW office by phone or email 029 2026 5060 / firstname.lastname@example.org
NYAW Alumni and Associates at the WTA's
Did you catch this year's Wales Theatre Awards on 30th January? The Awards are organised by arts journalists in Wales to celebrate excellence in theatre, opera and dance, and to acknowledge the role of reviewers in the both the creative process and audience development. We're delighted to see so many former NYTW members and NYAW Associates both nominated and taking the prize (if we've missed anyone – sincere apologies and please get in touch!)
Congratulations to all!
Alun Saunders (NYTW member and NYAW Associate) Winner in Best Playwright in the English Language for A Good Clean Heart, The Other Room
Christian Patterson (NYAW Associate) Winner in Best Male Performance in the English Language for Blasted, The Other Room
Grav (with former NYTW members Gareth Bale as 'Grav' and Peter Doran, Director) Winner of Audience Award
Ceri James (NYAW Associate) Nominated in Best Lighting for Beneath the Streets: Lost and Found, Hijinx & Punchdrunk Enrichment
Ruth Hall (NYAW Associate) Nominated with Max Jones in Best Design and/or Costume for Y Fenyw Ddaeth o'r Môr, Theatre Genedlaethol Cymru
Eiry Thomas (NYTW member) Nominated in Best Female Performance in the English Language for The Royal Bed, Theatr Pena, co-production with The Riverfront in association with Torch Theatre
Seren Vickers (NYTW member) Nominated in Best Female Performance in the English Language for Dark Vanilla Jungle, Company of Sirens in association with Chapter
Gareth John Bale (NYTW member) Nominated in Best Male Performance in the English Language for Grav, Torch Theatre Company
Catherine Ayres (NYTW member) Nominated in Best Female Performance in the Welsh Language for Y Tŵr, Invertigo Theatre Company
Steffan Donnelly (NYTW member) Nominated in Best Male Performance in the Welsh Language for Y Twr, Invertigo Theatre Company
Angharad Lee (NYAW Associate) Nominated in Best Director for To Kill a Machine, Scriptography Productions, co-production with Cwmni Theatre Arad Goch
Peter Doran (NYTW member) Nominated in Best Director for Grav, Torch Theatre Company
Mared Swain (NYTW member) Nominated in Best Director for A Good Clean Heart, The Other Room
NYTW Alumni - Morfydd Clark
Since joining the National Youth of Theatre Wales at 16, former member, Morfydd Clark, has continued to take the acting world by storm.
Following a number of roles in TV, film and theatre, she is currently playing 'Cecile' in Les Liaisons Dangereuses at the West End's Donmar Warehouse. Having received first-class reviews, the play closes this weekend – but fear not – you can catch Morfydd playing Georgiana alongside a stellar cast in the long-awaited film Pride, Prejudice and Zombies, released in cinemas this February.
She also recently finished shooting a leading role in Love & Friendship, written and directed by Whit Stillman, which opened at the Sundance Film Festival in January. Read What's On Stage's recent interview with the 'Rising Star' here, where the actress doesn't fail to mention where it all started, here at NYTW!
Challenge 150 for NYOW in it's 50th year*
In 2016 we celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the world's very first national youth orchestra – the National Youth Orchestra of Wales (NYOW).
On 24 July 2016 (exactly 70 years to the day since the 1946 meeting of musical peers!) this year's cohort of talented Welsh musicians will meet for a two-week residency. It will include first-class training from professional musicians, plus the opportunity to work with internationally-renowned conductor, Carlo Rizzi.
For each of its 70 years, the NYOW has set itself a massive £70k fundraising challenge, and the members of the Orchestra are getting on-board with their usual blend of energy, passion and creativity to help us achieve that total.
Challenge 150 sees this year's members raising at least £150 each to help the Orchestra raise £15k towards its £70k target.
Despite only receiving the result of their auditions a few weeks ago, members have already started taking their challenge seriously with musicians organising busking sessions, sporting challenges and a Grade-1-Athon – whereby two of our North Wales musicians will spend the next six months learning each other's instruments in order to take their Grade 1 exam prior to the NYOW 2016 Residency!
So, if you know any members of NYOW 2016 – please support them and help them to raise their £150, and, if you are in a position to help the Orchestra raise its ambitious fundraising total, please do get in touch (email@example.com / 029 2026 5047).
*the first meeting was in 1945 but the first residency with associated concerts was in summer 1946
Former NYOW members perform on an epic scale with the RPO
The Alumni of National Youth Arts Wales get around, and with a history spanning 70 years the Orchestra members get around more than most.
Last month the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra gave performances of Berlioz; Les Trojans at the Grand Theatre in Geneva. This epic piece calls for a huge orchestra and an off-stage Brass Band which meant that the seven former members who are currently full-time RPO members were joined by another seven freelance players who can all boast membership of the 1st national youth orchestra in the World.
Roger Argente, Bass Trombone with the RPO who got all the players together for a photoshoot had this to say: "On a recent visit to The Grand Theatre in Geneva for performances of Berlioz's The Trojans, an extra-large Royal Philharmonic Orchestra comprised 14 past members of the NASH, including 4 past leaders!
We are all very proud of our association with the Nash and long may this wonderful organisation continue."
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