Established in 1984 the National Youth Choir of Wales has supported the long-standing choral traditions of Wales ever since with many alumni still singing or conducting choirs throughout Wales and further afield. Other alumni can be heard performing professionally in concert halls and opera houses throughout the World, including Sir Bryn Terfel, Katherine Jenkins and current NYCW conductor, Tim Rhys-Evans.

The Choirs members, are largely aged between 16 and 22 years, are drawn from all parts of Wales, and auditioned annually. As with all NYAW ensembles, the choir works with first class professional musicians to deliver its key strategic aim of Excellence.



In 2020, the Choir will continue to work with acclaimed musical director, Tim Rhys Evans, building on the fantastic work achieved over the last two years working with him. The choir will continue to explore a diverse range of choral music incorporating masterpieces from the traditional repertoire, music of the 20th and 21st Centuries and even works from World and Pop genres.

Bach’s Magnificat will feature as the major work of the residency and will be accompanied by a chamber ensemble of musicians drawn from the National Youth Orchestra of Wales. Concerts will be held in North, West and South Wales.

As in 2019, the Choir will meet in advance of the residency for a rehearsal day designed to introduce members to elements of the programme.




Saturday 20th June, 2020

21st – 30th August 2020

28th August: St Asaph Cathedral
29th August: St David’s Cathedral
30th August: Llandaff Cathedral




Audition Fee £25
2020 NYCW Membership Fee £460

Your membership fee includes all tuition costs, accommodation, food and board, travel within the residency and social activities.   Please note that due to the generous support from our funders, National Youth Arts Wales subsidises a significant part of the costs of being a member of one of the national youth ensembles.


We are keen to ensure that no-one is deterred from applying for the NYAW Ensembles for financial reasons. If you have a household income of less than £50k, you could be eligible for financial support. Visit NYAW BURSARY FUND for full information including how to claim help toward audition costs and membership fees. 


  • NYAW accepts applications from people who live in Wales or were born in Wales.

  • Applications are accepted from singers who have a keen interest in singing and participate regularly with a choir at a high level. There is no requirement to have taken any singing grades

  • Applicants should generally be aged between 16 and 22, however, if there are singers younger than this who demonstrate an exceptional talent they are very welcome to apply and audition.


NYAW auditions will take place throughout November 2019, visiting locations right across Wales. Those wishing to apply should complete the online application form where they will be able to select from a range of audition dates and locations.

All applicants will be invited to attend a group workshop before performing a short individual audition where you will be required to perform one piece of your own choice, a short piece of sight-singing and your vocal line from Purcell’s Hear my Prayer (provided in the audition pack).

You will also be asked to sing a selection of vocal exercises to determine your range. Applicants will be notified of their audition results in December 2019. For detailed information on how to apply and what you need to prepare for auditions visit Auditions.