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? National Youth Brass Band of Wales Background: Founded in 1982, NYBBW enjoys critical acclaim both in Wales and abroad, not least because of its adventurous policy of commissioning major new works. Each year, the 70-plus young players rise to the challenge of the most exacting and exciting works across the contemporary and traditional brass band repertoire.

Former member: David Childs (euphonium).

This summer's offerings: Under the guiding baton of its Conductor, Dr Nicholas Childs, the NYBBW marks its 30th anniversary with a specially-commissioned work and the Welsh premiere of Edward Gregson's Symphony in Two Movements, plus Karl Jenkins' popular and moving The Armed Man in a brass arrangement by Tony Small. In the second of its concerts, the band joins forces with the National Youth Choir of Wales to perform I Was Glad, the coronation anthem by CHH Parry.

Dates for your diary: Aberystwyth Arts Centre (Aberystwyth MusicFest) on July 27 at 8pm and Llandaff Cathedral, Cardiff on July 28 at 7.30pm.

National Youth Choir of Wales Background: Founded in 1984, the choir has an established reputation, both nationally and internationally, for choral work of the highest standard.

Former members: Bryn Terfel, Katherine Jenkins, Tim Rhys-Evans and Fflur Wyn.

This summer's offerings: This summer, the choir celebrates the music of Welsh composers, Dilys Elwyn Edwards and Daniel Jones (2012 marks the centenary of Jones' birth) plus NYCW music director, Ralph Allwood, takes the choir through a diverse repertoire that includes work by Bach, Bernstein, Mahler and contemporary composer, James MacMillan. The concert in Llandaff Cathedral includes a collaborative rendition of I was Glad (CHH Parry) with the NYBBW. Dates for your diary: Priory Church of St Mary's, Monmouth on July 27 at 7.30pm and Llandaff Cathedral, Cardiff on July 28 at 7.30pm.

National Youth Dance Wales Background: The youngest of "the nationals", NYDW was launched in 2000. It harnesses the energy and excitement of young peoples' enthusiasm for dance and dancing, and channels it into a creative, contemporary force that celebrates the very best youth dance and young dancers in Wales today.

Former associates: Henri Oguike and Wayne McGregor. This summer's offerings: NYDW 2012 showcases some of Wales' finest young dancers via new work that combines pace, precision and power with a clear and dynamic performance style that is exciting to perform and thrilling to watch. Flushed with the recent success of their performance at London's Royal Festival Hall - in U.Dance 2012, a major youth dance festival - NYDW is working with its Artistic Director, Errol White, to create and premiere a brand new work for 2012. In an exciting new dimension, NYDW welcomes the U.Dance Ensemble - a company of young dancers drawn from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland andWales - toWales for theWelsh premiere of TANK, choreographed by global contemporary dance phenomenon, Hofesh Shechter,which brought the house down when it premiered at London's Southbank Centre last weekend.

Dates for your diary: Sherman Cymru, Cardiff on August 30 at 8pm and Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Mold on September 1 at 7.30pm.

? National Youth Theatre of Wales Background: The NYTW was founded in 1976. In recent years it has presented large-scale work that combines acting, dance and music with a distinctive ensemble-style and visually-striking sets and costume. Former members: Rob Brydon, Ruth Jones, Michael Sheen, Matthew Rhys and Joanna Page.

This summer's offerings: The youth theatre embarks upon a partnership with the National Trust and two of Wales' most treasured and visually-inspiring National Trust settings.

Informed by stories and story-tellers from the Celtic nations, NYTW 2012 presents an original promenade-performance that combines storytelling with masks, puppetry, movement and music. Working with NYTW Artistic Director, Tim Baker, the 50 members of NYTW 2012 will be interpreting traditional tales in their own inimitable fashion.

Dates for your diary: Chirk Castle, Flintshire on September 1 & 2 at 11am, 2.30pm, 6.00pm and Llanerchaeron, Aberaeron on September 7 & 8 at 11am, 2.30pm, 6pm.

National Youth Orchestra of Wales Background: Found its inaugural public co NYOWhas the distinc first national youth world. It combines tr ations with a contem and concerts that are f passion. ded in 1945 with oncert in 1946, the ction of being the orchestra in the raditional expectmporary outlook full of energy and Former members: Karl Jenkins, Hilar Alun Hoddinott, ry Tann, Grant Llewellyn and Eos Chater. This summer's offerings: Internationally-renowned conductor Carlo Rizzi leads the 117-strong orchestra this summer. The repertoire includes the world premiere of Judith Bingham's Celticity, heralding performances of the same work in 2013 by the national youth orchestras of Scotland, Northern Ireland and Eire, respectively.

Beethoven's Symphony No 5, Gershwin's An American in Paris and Ravel's Daphnis et Chloe (Suite No 2) complete this wonderfully varied programme of popular, classical music.

Dates for your diary: BBC Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff Bay on July 27 at 7pm and St Davids Cathedral, Pembrokeshire on July 28 at 7.30pm ? National Youth Choir of Wales and National Youth Orchestra of Wales will also be performing at the BBC Proms on August 6 when they team up with BBC National Orchestra of Wales and BBC National Chorus of Wales to present the festival's first-ever performance of Bernstein's Mass.

Members of National Youth Arts Wales ha ave their say...

"I've learnt so much about music in general. With the guidance of world class tutors the course offers a real professional perspective of brass banding." Huw Llyr Evans, 19, of Aberystwyth (National Youth Brass Band of Wales) "I have met some amazing people from across Wales and I'm looking forward to singing at the BBC Proms in August."

Tom Lazell, 17, of Cardiff (National Youth Choir of Wales) "When National Youth Dance Wales presents you with an opportunity that is this exciting you don't have to be pushed, the vision pulls you." Katie Braden, 18, of Swansea (National Youth Dance Wales) "I've been a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Wales, National Youth Jazz Wales and National Youth Wind Orchestra of Wales at some point over the past few years and have had some great experiences. It's great to have the opportunity to work with so many fantastic conductors and tutors." Arvin Vaghela, 18, of Newport (National Youth Orchestra of Wales)
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jul 20, 2012
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