National Youth Orchestra of Wales

As the first national youth orchestra in the world, the NYOW has 65 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.

National Youth Arts Wales (NYAW) is managed by WJEC and Tŷ Cerdd – Music Centre Wales. The WJEC looks after the National Youth Dance, Youth Orchestra and Youth Theatre programmes, whilst Tŷ Cerdd is responsible for the Youth Brass Band, Youth Choir, Youth Jazz, Symphonic Brass and Youth Wind Orchestra.