“essentially bright, energetic … compelling force … the youngsters’ practiced musicianship transcended it all”
South Wales Argus

The National Youth Wind Orchestra of Wales (NYWOW) has developed an enviable reputation as one of the UK’s leading symphonic wind ensembles. Its performances both in Wales and abroad, particularly of contemporary repertoire in which it specialises, have received widespread critical acclaim.

The Wind Orchestra was established in 2002 by Tŷ Cerdd, which continued to manage the ensemble until 30th September 2017 when responsibility for all six national performing ensembles transferred to the newly established National Youth Arts Wales.

Provisional 2018 Residency Details: 
Dates: 27th August – 1st September 2018
Venue: Moreton  Hall School,  Chirk  tbc
Cost: £315 including Social Fund 
Conductor:  Pete Harrison
Performance: 1st September – William Aston Hall, Wrexham

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.