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Pick of the Crop The pick of Wales’ home-grown dance, music and theatre talent is gathering in locations across Wales this summer as National Youth Arts Wales embarks upon its summer season of courses, concerts and performances.

Selected by audition and drawn from all parts of Wales, over 400 of Wales’ most talented young performers are devoting the best part of their summer vacation to prepare for an inspiring series of dance, music and theatre events for audiences throughout Wales and beyond.

This summer’s highlights include a debut concert at The Sage Gateshead by the National Youth Orchestra of Wales; no fewer than eight new commissions and premiere performances; and a new partnership for National Youth Dance Wales.

The concert season kicks off this week with the National Youth Brass Band of Wales in North Wales, presenting a programme that includes new works by Peter Graham, Rodney Newton and Dan Price – continuing the NYAW reputation of commissioning and performing new work by Welsh composers.

Simultaneously, the National Youth Choir of Wales opens its series of concerts in Conwy with its first appearance at the Conwy Classical Music Festival before travelling across to St Asaph and Wrexham. The Choir’s programme features works by highly-regarded Welsh composers, Mervyn Burtch, Alun Hoddinott, William Mathias and Mansel Thomas.

National Youth Jazz Wales marks its debut at the Aberystwyth MusicFest on 29 July with the premiere of a new work by Ed Puddick – one of the rising stars of the UK jazz scene – and with music direction by Percy Pursglove.

Cardiff’s Arts Active, National Dance Company Wales, WNO Max and National Youth Dance Wales join forces this year to produce summerdance 09 – a focus on youth dance and some of Wales’ brightest young dancers. This year, NYDW welcomes Errol White as its Guest Choreographer. Errol is an award-winning dancer and choreographer who has worked with some of the UK’s best-known contemporary dance companies, including our very own National Dance Company Wales (formerly Diversions).

Owain Arwel Hughes CBE continues at the helm of the National Youth Orchestra of Wales in 2009, steering it through public concerts in Wales and in England – including a debut concert at the magnificent Sage in Gateshead, one of the UK’s newest and finest concert halls. Following a successful appearance at the celebrated Three Choirs Festival in 2006, the Orchestra has received a second invitation to the Festival – something of a coup for a youth orchestra! On the same day, the Orchestra will travel to Cardiff for the closing concert of its 2009 summer season at St David’s Hall.

National Youth Theatre of Wales Artistic Director, Tim Baker, will be working with the sixty members of the Youth Theatre to realise a new play by award-winning writer, Manon Eames. Canrif / Century is a new commission made possible with funds from the Arts Council of Wales. It draws upon Wales’ own recent, historical heritage to take actors and audiences on an inventive, break-neck journey via some of the crucial events of the last century. The play premieres at Aberystwyth Arts Centre before touring to Clwyd Theatr Cymru in Mold and Sherman Cymru, Cardiff.

“National Youth Arts Wales is a celebration of Wales’ finest young performers, who are eager to share their energy, enthusiasm and considerable skills with as many people as possible as they Perform for Wales.”
Pauline Crossley, Principal Manager (Youth Arts) on behalf of NYAW
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