Celebratory Concert Tour
3 August 2010
This summer will represent the end of another era in the NYOW’s celebrated history as Owain Arwel Hughes CBE steps down as the Orchestra’s Principal Conductor.
With an exciting programme featuring Debussy’s La Mer and the fantastic 2nd Symphony by Rachmaninov, plus a brand new commission from Welsh composer, Brian Hughes, this summer’s concerts will be all about celebration. Come and join us, and support Wales’ young talent in what promises to be yet another very exciting summer of music for the NYOW.
This summer, the NYOW brings together 113 of Wales’ most talented young musicians for a fortnight of high quality music-making. Representing every region of Wales, the members (who range from 13-21 years of age) met for a week of intensive rehearsal before embarking on a concert tour which, this year, takes in: St Davids Cathedral (where the Orchestra will perform the closing concert of the Fishguard International Music Festival), Aberystwyth Arts Centre and St David’s Hall in Cardiff.
In September, the Orchestra will open the North Wales International Music Festival in St Asaph before travelling to Manchester for its first-ever concert at the Royal Northern College of Music.
Owain’s contribution to the National Youth Orchestra of Wales (NYOW) has been significant. During his eight years with the Orchestra, it has presented debut performances at the Young Euro Classic Festival in Berlin, the Welsh Proms, alongside Julian Lloyd Webber, and it was the first youth orchestra to perform at the prestigious Three Choirs Festival in Hereford.
In 2007, the late Lady Walton invited the whole Orchestra to perform the closing concert of the summer concert season at La Mortella on the island of Ischia in Italy. Other highlights include a performance for the National Eisteddfod with Welsh-born, Hollywood actor Matthew Rhys, a first performance at the impressive Sage Gateshead and a second sell-out concert at the Three Choirs Festival last year.
4 August 7.30pm
St David’s Hall, Cardiff
029 2087 8444
£12, £9, £6
18 Sept 7.30pm
St Asaph Cathedral (North Wales International Music Festival)
01745 584 508
£15, £12, £10, £6
19 Sept 2.30pm
Royal Northern Hall, Manchester
0161 907 5555
£12, £9, £6