A day in the life of an NYAW member isn't for the faint-hearted it appears.
This year, various National Youth Arts Wales personalities will be blogging, tweeting and Facebook-ing to keep followers up-to-date with their daily routines and to offer a behind-the-scenes insight to being part of NYAW," she continues.
Critically, it looks for more than "the X factor" but there's always room for the wild card - that person who has a certain something that, given the benefit of time and investment, could really bring an interesting ingredient to the group and who would gain from the whole NYAW experience.
This year, various NYAW personalities will be blogging, tweeting and Facebook-ing to keep followers up-to-date with their daily routines and to offer a behind-the-scenes insight to being part of NYAW.
Young sportsmen and women achieve their 'caps' for Wales; similarly, NYAW provides opportunities for young people to perform for Wales.
NYAW, now in its 10th year, is the umbrella organisation of National Youth Brass Band of Wales, National Youth Choirs of Wales, National Youth Dance Wales, National Youth Jazz Wales, National Youth Orchestra of Wales, National Youth Theatre of Wales and National Youth Wind Orchestra of Wales - many of which have been in existence for decades.
Although it was founded in 2000, NYAW
benefits from the maturity and track record of the National Youth Orchestra of Wales, which presented its first concert in 1946, through to the modern cutting-edge dynamism of National Youth Dance Wales and National Youth Jazz, which had their first performances in 2001.
It also marks the final year with the company for NYAW
artistic directors Greg Cullen, pictured, (theatre) and Henri Oguike (dance).
This year will not be without its challenges of course - funding from the 22 unitary authorities, the Welsh Assembly Government and the Arts Council of Wales will need to be sustained, and NYAW
will need to attract additional funds in order to deliver its proposals for 2005.
Opportunities for young people to create new work is an important strand of NYAW
; it complements the training and performing opportunities that are at the heart of the NYAW
experience, and contributes to the creative ecology of Wales as it invests in the next generation of dance, music and theatre creators and makers.
This September, NYAW
have asked us back and we look forward to working with our new friends in Wales and bringing these young people into the community of jazz musicians so that they can be a part of the future of this great music.
These are enviable opportunities for NYAW
performers as they prepare 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 - tak-ing their considerable commitment and talent to a wider public.