Once again, the NYAW summer season takes 400 of Wales’ most talented young actors, dancers and musicians to a range of venues and festivals – both within Wales and beyond – with programmes to suit all tastes, including four world and Welsh premieres and some very special guests.
We’re always thrilled to welcome guest artists to share ‘The Nash’-experience. They bring with them a wealth of experience and enthusiasm that is inspirational for our members, especially as they share their insights into the profession – whether that’s with an orchestra, a dance or theatre company, or as a soloist. There’s nothing quite like hearing those ‘pearls of wisdom’ from someone actively engaged in the industry at the highest level.
It’s particularly rewarding when a former member returns to lead or contribute to the next generation of performers, notably demonstrated this year with the return of Grant Llewellyn to conduct the National Youth Orchestra of Wales (NYOW).
Equally exciting are opportunities to welcome new partners to collaborate with NYAW – this year, the award-winning theatre company, Frantic Assembly (noted, in Wales, for Little Dogs and Praxis Makes Perfect with National Theatre Wales) devises a brand new work with members of National Youth Theatre of Wales (NYTW).
NYAW summer residencies are already well underway with the Brass Band, Choir and Orchestra; the Dance and Theatre residencies will start in August. In each case, teams of guest tutors and mentors, and members of our welfare teams – all eminent creators or performers in their own right – guide NYAW members through their paces as they prepare to ‘perform for Wales’.
These are enviable opportunities for NYAW performers, as are opportunities to showcase their talents in locations across Wales and further afield – from Aberystwyth to Altenburg in Germany, from Cardiff to Caernarfon, from Llandudno to Leeds – taking their considerable commitment and talent to a wider public. The NYOW concert from the Young Euro Classics Festival in Berlin will even feature as a webcast – a first for NYAW!
It’s Access All Areas with National Youth Arts Wales (NYAW) this summer – with opportunities for audiences to witness the NYAW experience at home and abroad, in-concert and on-line – so, visit us again for more news and updates!