“A Welsh ensemble that leads the world in young brass banding talent”

“NYBBW has helped to create some amazing players”
The British Bandsman

“The collective swell of pride and sheer joy obvious in performers and listeners alike…the future of Wales’ premier youth band is looking bright”
Brass Band World Magazine 


The National Youth Brass Band of Wales, under its first musical director, and current president, Edward Gregson, was formed in 1982 by the Welsh Amateur Music Federation which, as Tŷ Cerdd, continued to provide administration and funding until 30th September 2017. The Brass Band is now one of the six national performing ensembles managed by National Youth Arts Wales.

Members of the National Youth Brass Band of Wales are drawn from all parts of Wales, and auditioned or re-auditioned annually. A large number of former members are now well known as soloists, conductors, or as performers with top British bands or orchestras.

2019 Residency: Save the Date

Dates: 21st – 28th July 2019
Venue: Trinity St David University, Carmarthen tbc
Cost: £336 + £24 Social Fund (Total £360)
Conductor: Philip Harper
Performances: Three performances at venues to be decided

Building on this summer’s fantastic residency, we are delighted to continue our relationship with Philip Harper as Conductor for NYBBW2019. Philip’s energy and enthusiasm for the Band and his vibrant choice of programme was a real highlight of the summer’s residency and next year we aim to take it up another level! As always, we will be working with a first-class team of tutors from the Brass Band world and are organising some exciting performance opportunities. Don’t miss out on your chance perform alongside top-class musicians from across the nation and represent Wales at the highest level

Membership Criteria:

  • We accept applications from people who live in Wales or were born in Wales.
  • Applicants should normally be of grade 8 standard although they do not have to have taken their grade 8 exam at time of audition
  • The normal age range for the national youth arts ensembles is 16 to 22. For the 2019 courses participants must be aged between 16 and 22 on 31st August 2019. We may take younger participants into the ensembles where extraordinary talent is shown. This will be solely at the discretion of NYAW.
  • We particularly welcome applications from young people who engage in activities provided by the Music Service providers and who support activity at school / college and county level.

2019 Instrumental Auditions

North Wales
4th November

11th November

17th November
18th November

25th November

Cardiff (Percussion only)
2nd December