National Youth Arts Wales

Latest News / 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.

May 2016

A Gala Concert for the National Youth Orchestra of Wales' 70th Birthday

This year the first national youth orchestra in the world celebrates 70 years of first class music-making. To celebrate this milestone, Grant Llewellyn conducts a professional orchestra of esteemed NYOW Alumni representing some of the UK's finest orchestral musicians.

Featuring a popular programme and two celebrated Welsh Harpists: Catrin Finch and Anne Denholm (Harpist to HRH Prince of Wales), this concert is a unique celebration of a landmark in Wales' musical history and a chance to support future generations of young musicians.

The Orchestra itself will boast over 80 professional musicians drawn from the ranks of the Halle, Royal Philharmonic and London Philharmonic Orchestras; Birmingham Royal Ballet, The Royal Opera House and from Wales' own BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Welsh National Opera.

Concert information:
Where: St David's Hall, Cardiff
When: Monday 13th June, 7pm
Tickets: £15, £18, £22, £28 & £5 (Under 25s)
Box Office: 029 2087 8444
Conductor: Grant Llewellyn
Soloists: Catrin Finch & Anne Denholm (Harpist to HRH Prince of Wales)

Repertoire: Gareth Wood; A Fanfare for our Youth (World Premiere)
Mathias; Celtic Dances
Jenkins; Tros y Garreg (Double Harp Concerto)
Tchaikovsky; Symphony No.4

April 2016

NYOW Young Composers Residency 2016

Following three very successful years, National Youth Arts Wales is delighted to be able to once again run the NYOW Young Composers Residency this summer. Running alongside the residency of the National Youth Orchestra of Wales, successful applicants will receive tuition in compositional techniques, instrumental writing and analysis of existing repertoire, delivered expertly by Mark Bowden (former Composer-in-Residence with BBC NOW).

So, are you a budding young composer aged between 13 and 21, or do you know anyone who is? If so, click here for more information about the residency and how to apply.

February 2016

Applications for NYTW 2016 now open!

In April, the team from National Youth Theatre of Wales will be travelling the length and breadth of Wales, scouting for some of Wales' most talented young performers to work with Bruce Guthrie and Frantic Assembly on the NYTW 2016 production of Romeo and Juliet.

NYTW creates diverse, risk-taking contemporary theatre and is a flagship for youth theatre in Wales. Click here for more info and to apply

N.B. Interested in Theatre Production?
NYTW will be offering a training opportunity for young people in Wales who have an interest in the Backstage, Design or Technical aspects of Theatre. Watch this space for more information soon.

NYTW Alumni - Annes Elwy

After a celebrated run in Manchester with the Royal Exchange, former NYTW member, Annes Elwy, has just finished another successful run as Jenny in the critically-acclaimed YEN at the Royal Court Theatre, London. Annes was described by the Guardian as 'deeply moving' in her role. As well as in theatre, you may recognise Annes from S4C programmes Lan a Lawr and Gwaith Cartref. She's also delved into the film world, having recently played a role in the first Welsh-language genre film Yr Ymadawiad/The Passing, which received a US premiere at Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas.

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 /

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 ( / 029 2026 5047).

*the first meeting was in 1945 but the first residency with associated concerts was in summer 1946


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