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.

NYOW Young Composers Residency 2016:

For more information click here
To apply click here

Following three successful years, the National Youth Orchestra of Wales will once again run a composers programme alongside 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).
In addition, composers will have the opportunity to write new music for groups of musicians from within the ranks of the NYOW itself. You will be able to work with some of Wales’ foremost young musicians to develop and rehearse your music before presenting it in three stand-alone performances.

Pre-Residency Workshop: 2nd & 3rd July 2016 WJEC, Cardiff
Residency Dates: 25th July – 5th August 2016
Residency Venue: University of Wales Trinity St David, Lampeter
Performances: 3rd August – Old College, Aberystwyth University
4th August – Venue Cymru, Llandudno tbc
5th August – Level 3 Day Stage, St David's Hall

Deadline Monday 25 April


CONDUCTOR: Carlo Rizzi
PROPOSED DATES: 25 July – 5 August 2016
2 August; St Davids Cathedral
4 August; Venue Cymru, Llandudno
5 August; St David's Hall, Cardiff

PROPOSED REPERTOIRE: Bartok; Concerto for Orchestra Strauss; Ein Heldenleben


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