National Youth Arts Wales

Latest News / November 2015

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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Autumn Developments with NYAW

Following our successful Summer programme of events we are now moving into Autumn with our dance and theatre development courses.  Now in its 3rd year, Step Up #10 is the first session for the new intake of young dancers who showed a good level of skill and talent when auditioning for NYDW 2015 but were not quite ready for a place on the residential course.  We look forward to seeing them on the 3rd and 4th October.

The first session for the Aspire members took place in August at Aberystwyth University campus.  Led by Jain Boon, Tonya Smith and Emma Stevens Johnson, the Aspire team enjoyed 3 days of skills development plus time to get to know each other.  They meet up again at the end of October – hopefully with homework done and ready for everything that Jain and Tonya have planned for them!

We wish all the participants good luck and hope they enjoy their time with us.

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