"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
Performances: Three performances at venues to be decided

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.

We are putting plans in place for another exciting residency in 2019 and look forward to sharing more information soon. We can promise a fantastic experience with the chance to perform at the highest level alongside like-minded musicians, so don’t miss out on your chance – apply today!

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