“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.

Provisional 2018 Residency Details:  
Dates: 25th July – 5th August 2018
Venue: Trinity St David University, Lampeter
Cost: £504 + £36 Social Fund (Total £540)
Conductor: Carlo Rizzi
Performances: To  include at least 3 concerts including a collaboration with the National Youth Choir of Wales

2018 Music Ensemble Auditions

  • Application forms for the NYAW Music ensembles are now live and available here
  • Important information concerning the auditions can be found here
  • Proposed details for the 2018 Residency can be found below

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 2018 courses participants must be aged between 16 and 22 on 31st August 2018. We may take younger participants into the instrumental ensembles (Brass, Orchestra, Wind) 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.