Eight concerts are being held across Wales by National Youth Arts Wales (NYAW). They will take place between 27 July and 5 August, including two dates in Cardiff, writes Alys Jones.
They feature National Youth Choir, Brass Band and Orchestra members aged 13-21 and promise to showcase young talent from across Wales.
Two of these shows will take place in Cardiff. On Sunday July 29 at 4pm, National Youth Brass Band of Wales will perform at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. This concert will be conducted by Philip Harper and feature soloist Daniel Thomas. At St. David’s Hall on August 5 at 4pm, National Youth Choir of Wales and National Youth Orchestra of Wales will take to the stage with conductor Carlo Rizzi to perform Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and Mahler’s epic 5th Symphony.
Formed one year ago, NYAW manages all six national youth ensembles, including the National Youth Brass Band of Wales, National Youth Choir of Wales, National Youth Dance Wales, National Youth Orchestra of Wales, National Youth Theatre of Wales and National Youth Wind Orchestra of Wales. These ensembles are long established and serve as a training ground for Wales’ future stars in these fields. Alumni include David Childs, Gareth Small, Owen Farr, Karl Jenkins, Grant Llewellyn, Roger Lewis, Bethan Jenkins AM, Katherine Jenkins and Bryn Terfel.
Newly appointed NYAW Chief Executive Gillian Mitchell said: “National Youth Arts Wales works on a year-round basis giving young people the opportunity to develop their training and improve their practice by providing them with unique access to some of the world’s best practitioners across music, theatre and dance. Our intensive residency programmes offer inspirational experiences for all our participants and are designed to showcase the talents of young people in Wales on a national platform for audiences across Wales and beyond.”
These concerts give audiences an opportunity to witness tomorrow’s leading musicians performing an exceptional programme of work.