“NYCW sang their hearts out” Western Mail

“When I was in the choir I got the chance to sing with Bryn Terfel and it’s something I’ll never forget” Katherine Jenkins, soprano

The National Youth Choir of Wales was formed by Tŷ Cerdd (as the Welsh Amateur Music Federation) in 1984, to support both the long-standing choral tradition of Wales and the development needed for that tradition to flourish. On 1st October 2017, responsibility for the management of the Choir and the other five national performing ensembles transferred to the newly established National Youth Arts Wales. Members of the Choir, who are aged between 16 and 22 years, are drawn from all parts of Wales, and auditioned annually. The Choir’s main work is concentrated in a summer residency consisting of training from professional tutors and conductors, followed by a series of concerts.

2019 Residency: Save the Date 

Dates: 23rd August – 1st September 2019
Venue: Trinity St David University, Lampeter tbc
Cost: £420 + £30 Social Fund (Total £450)
Conductor: Tim Rhys Evans
Performances: Three performances at venues to be decided

National Youth Arts Wales is thrilled to confirm Tim Rhys Evans as the conductor of NYCW2019. Tim worked wonders with the choir in 2018, who performed an incredibly varied programme of challenging music to a very high standard. Next year we’re looking to build on this success, work with more young singers and perform some more fantastic music. NYCW 2019 will once again work with the very best professional tutors and provide high profile performance opportunities across Wales. Don’t miss out on your chance to represent Wales at the highest level and to make life-long friends in the process!

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 Choral Auditions

North Wales
28th October

29th October

30th October

1st December

North East Wales
10th December