National Youth Arts Wales programme of events

Wednesday 21 July 2010, 11:35

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National Youth Arts Wales celebrates its 10th anniversary year in 2010 and has an extensive programme of dance, theatre and music events planned for the summer and autumn.

Over 400 talented Welsh youngsters will perform in venues right across Wales, in addition to shows planned in Malvern and Manchester, giving the best part of their summer holidays over to rehearsals and performances.

National Youth Jazz Wales © Sean Malyon

Members of National Youth Jazz Wales © Sean Malyon

National Youth Jazz Wales kicked off the proceedings with the first of their two July concerts yesterday night around the National Trust's Stackpole Centre in Pembrokeshire.

They will perform again, under music director Percy Pursglove, tonight at the Welsh Proms at St David's Hall Cardiff, with a programme centred on Duke Ellington's celebrated re-writing of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite.

Photograph of National Youth Choir of Wales members © Sean Malyon

National Youth Choir of Wales members © Sean Malyon

Under the guidance of musical director Ralph Allwood, the National Youth Choir of Wales will perform a programme of sacred and secular works ranging from Samuel Barber's Agnus Dei, Hubert Parry's Blest Pair of Sirens and two new works by Welsh composer Paul Mealor.

The choir is set to perform at Malvern College Chapel on 21 July, St Mary's Church in Chepstow on 22 July, and Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff on 23 July. It will also sing at St Mary's Church in Swansea as part of the Swansea Festival later in the year, on 17 October.

The National Youth Brass Band of Wales are to perform two concerts next week. Professor Edward Gregson will conduct his pieces Variations on Laudate Dominum and An Age of Kings in addition to Arutiunian's trumpet concerto, featuring Gareth Small as soloist, and a newly-commissioned work by Welsh composer Mervyn Burtch.

Photograph of members of the National Youth Brass Band of Wales © Sean Malyon

Members of the National Youth Brass Band of Wales © Sean Malyon

The band will perform at the Aberystwyth Arts Centre on 26 July and Brangwyn Hall in Swansea, as part of the Gower Festival, on 27 July.

Choreographer Errol White has produced a new edgy, expressive and engaging piece for the National Youth Dance Wales using his trade-mark qualities of precision, power and strength.

The group will perform the dynamic ensemble-piece at Theatr Brycheiniog in Brecon on 30 July. This is their only date, so don't miss out.

Members of the National Youth Theatre of Wales will be rehearsing throughout August for the September run of production No Other Day Like Today.

Production photo taken from the National Youth Theatre of Wales' No Other Day Like Today © Sean Malyon

Production photo from No Other Day Like Today © Sean Malyon

Developed by NYTW Young Writers with Manon Eames, and under artistic director Tim Baker, this engaging piece of theatre tells the story of life in a not-so-ordinary Welsh town through music and movement, singing and story-telling.

The production will run from 3-10 September across three venues: Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Clwyd Theatr Cymru in Mold and The Riverfront in Newport.

The National Youth Orchestra of Wales will help to celebrate the final year of Owain Arwel Hughes post as Principal Director with five concert dates throughout August and September. This includes the final concert of the Fishguard International Music Festival and the opening concert of the North Wales International Music Festival.

National Youth Orchestra of Wales © Sean Malyon

Members of National Youth Orchestra of Wales © Sean Malyon

They will also perform for the first time at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, on 19 September. The orchestra, which has 33 new members for 2010, will perform a new commission by Welsh composer Brian Hughes in addition to La Mer by Debussy and Rachmaninov's Symphony No. 2.

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