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National Youth Arts Wales (NYAW - link opens in a new window) offers young people living in Wales a range of opportunities to practise the performing arts, in theatre, instrumental and vocal music and dance. 

Auditions are held annually throughout Wales to select young people up to and including the age of 21 to take part in training workshops culminating in public performances in some the foremost venues in Wales and beyond.

Highlights of last year, the National Youth Orchestra of Wales's 60th anniversary, included a performance in the House of Commons and a visit to the home of Lady Walton, widow of Sir William Walton, on the Mediterranean island of Ischia.

WJEC manages and administers three parts of National Youth Arts Wales:

  • National Youth Orchestra of Wales
  • National Youth Theatre Wales
  • National Youth Dance Wales

The other elements are managed by the Welsh Amateur Music Federation (WAMF) - the National Youth Brass Band, National Youth Symphonic Brass, National Youth Choir, National Youth Jazz and National youth Wind Orchestra.

More information, including how to apply, can be found on the individual sections of NYAW's website.