National Youth Arts Wales
National Youth Orchestra of Wales
"Utterly inspired performance"
Evening Herald

"These young Welsh players possess dedication,
technical superiority and attention to detail"
Berliner Morgenpost

As the first national youth orchestra in the world, the NYOW has 70 years experience in providing a first-class training experience for Wales’ young musicians and constantly delivers performances that are full of energy and passion. It is a flagship for youth music in Wales.

The NYOW presents concerts in prestigious venues across the UK and abroad, including; St David's Hall (Cardiff), Bridgewater Hall (Manchester), NCH (Dublin), The Sage Gateshead, Konzerthaus am Gendarmenmarkt (Berlin), Beethovensaal (Stuttgart), the Salle Erasmus (Strasbourg) and on the Italian island of Ischia. It is frequently invited to perform at prestigious international music festivals including the Three Choirs Festival, Fishguard International Festival and the North Wales International Music Festival.

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

PROPOSED AUDITION CENTRES: Auditions will be held in Cardiff, North Wales and Carmarthen during January 2017.





7 January

WJEC, Cardiff

Upper Strings, Woodwind & Brass tbc

8 January

WJEC, Cardiff

All Strings, Woodwind, Horns & Harps tbc

15 January

Queen Elizabeth High School, Carmarthen

All instruments (not percussion)

22 January

Ysgol Emrys ap Iwan, Abergele

All Instruments (not percussion)

22 January

WJEC, Cardiff

Percussion only


We are in the process of finalising details for NYOW 2017 and will be in a position to confirm arrangements in advance of auditions in January.

PROPOSED DATES:         23 July – 5 August 2017 tbc
COST:                             £534 (£504 fee + £30 social/welfare fund) tbc

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE:   We are keen to ensure that no-one is deterred from applying to the NYOW for financial reasons. Bursaries are available from the Neil and Mary Ellen Webber Bursary Fund and the Friends of the NYOW. If you wish to apply for a bursary, please contact the NYAW office for an application form.  All applications for financial assistance will be treated in the strictest confidence.


Matthew Jones/Alex James at NYOW office 029 2026 5197

Related Links

Friends of the National Youth Orchestra of Wales
National Youth Symphonic Brass Wales