So, put yourself in the spotlight with NYAW
and join Wales' -nest at one (or more) of this summer's events, and be among the -rst to see and hear what may become contem-So, put yourself in the spotlight with NYAW
and join Wales' -nest at one (or more) of this summer's events, and be among the -rst to see and hear what may become contemporary classics.
Also, NYAW is looking for team players who will work together to realise a common goal and pride in their collective achievement.
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.
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.
Credit must go to the young people themselves, their local teachers, local music, theatre and dance services, and their unitary authorities for the tremendous groundwork that goes on week-in, week-out, without which NYAW would not exist.
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.
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.
During the past 12 months, more than 3,000 young people have been associated with NYAW, through a mixture of auditions, workshops, short courses and performances.
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.