"I had the opportunity to play a wide range of amazing music with other Welsh musicians, as well as perform around the UK and Europe. I cannot recommend it enough"

Sam Buttler, NYWOW member 2013-2015

"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.

In 2019, National Youth Arts Wales is delighted to announce Pete Harrison as Conductor for NYWOW. An alumnus of the Royal College of Music Pete works regularly with orchestra such as Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Philharmonia as well as conducting and presenting popular programmes for Raymond Gubbay Ltd.

2019 Residency: Save the Date  

Dates: 21st – 27th April 2019
Venue: Trinity St David, Carmarthen Cost: £294 + £21 Social Fund (Total £315)
Conductor: Pete Harrison
Performances: One performance at a venue to be decided

We’re currently working with Pete on a fantastic programme of music which will provide an exceptional experience for the members joining us in 2019. As with all our national ensembles, we will give you the opportunity to be challenged by and learn from professional tutors, all of whom are leaders in their field.

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