NATIONAL YOUTH ORCHESTRA OF WALES


"I had a wonderful time on the 'Nash' - such an important, beneficial and most importantly fun experience for all and any budding young musicians"

Marged Hall NYOW Member 2008 - 2011

"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.

2019 Residency: Save the Date  

Dates: 23rd July – 3rd August 2019 
Venue: Trinity St David University, Lampeter
Cost: £504 + £36 Social Fund (Total £540)
Conductor: Andrew Litton

The National Youth Orchestra of Wales has been offering first class training and performance opportunities for over 70 years. Each year the Orchestra draws together over 100 talented young musicians from across Wales to learn from professional musicians and perform at prestigious festivals and venues. Each year, an international conductor leads the orchestra in varied programmes of orchestral repertoire. Most recently the Orchestra has worked with celebrated artists such as Grant Llewellyn, Paul Daniel, Jac Van Steen and Carlo Rizzi.

Maestro Litton is an American conductor of international repute. He is currently Music Director of the New York City Ballet Orchestra, Principal Guest Conductor of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and Conductor Laureate of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (BSO). He is a Grammy Award winning recording artist, for his Belshazzar’s Feast with the BSO and is an acknowledged expert on the music of George Gershwin.

National Youth Arts Wales is excited to be working with such an acclaimed conductor and know that he will bring a huge amount of passion and energy to the National Youth Orchestra of Wales.

Programme: We wanted to take advantage of Litton’s expertise in this area and so have programmed Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess Symphonic Picture, a suite of some of the opera’s most loved and popular music. Alongside this, you will be performing a relatively new piece of music by Welsh composer Mark Bowden; his Three Interludes features incidental music from a new opera he is currently writing for Welsh National Opera. The final piece of the jigsaw is Shostakovich’s Symphony No.10 – a goliath of a work that has moments of quiet, subtle beauty and others of real energy (and a very fast tempo). It’s a programme that we think the orchestra will thoroughly enjoy performing – we can’t wait.

Concert Tour

31 July, 7.30pm Prichard Jones Hall, Bangor

2 August, 7.30pm St Davids Cathedral, Pembrokeshire

3 August, 7.30pm St David’s Hall, Cardiff

The Orchestra will perform 3 concerts around Wales this summer, starting with a concert at the Prichard Jones Hall in Bangor. This will be followed by a concert to close the Fishguard International Festival of Music in the stunning setting of St Davids Cathedral before a final concert at St David’s Hall in Cardiff on the evening of 3rd August 2019. We’ll be in touch with more information about how to book tickets as the concerts come on sale.

We are also looking at the possibility of presenting a concert featuring chamber ensembles drawn from Orchestra members. This concert would be presented at Aberystwyth Arts Centre as part of Music Fest. More details regarding this concert will follow in the new year.