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Easter was a busy time at Tŷ Cerdd with three of its youth ensembles away on residential courses. The first of these was the National Youth Wind Orchestra of Wales residency which took place in a rather snowy north Wales. Under the inspirational direction of conductor, Ben Gernon and his fantastic team of tutors, the NYWOW successfully tackled a very challenging repertoire including music by Eric Whitacre, Frank Ticheli and David Bedford. The winning entry from Tŷ Cerdd’s Young Composer Competition, Night Dances was also performed and its composer, Gareth Moorcraft was present at rehearsals and the concert in Wrexham’s William Aston Hall.

The weather improved the following week and the NYTCW and NYJW enjoyed spring sunshine and blue skies during their residential courses in Monmouth. Simon Toyne led the National Youth Training Choir of Wales in an eclectic programme of music, ranging from Monteverdi to Lady Gaga. Although much of the week was spent in preparation for the final concert in St Mary’s Priory Church, the 50 young singers also had the opportunity to take part in individual singing lessons and masterclasses as well as a full timetable of social events which included film and sports nights and a ‘build a tower out of spaghetti and marshmallow’ competition.

The National Youth Jazz Wales course which ran alongside the Training Choir provided 3 days of intensive training for its participants. Aimed at both novices and experienced jazz players, this short course greatly improved their skills thanks to the excellent music staff, led by Percy Pursglove.

NYCW Opens BBC Proms 2013

The National Youth Choir of Wales will take part in the most high profile performance of its history ever when it appears at the opening night of this year’s BBC Proms. As part of a 300 strong ‘BBC Proms Youth Choir’, the NYCW will join the BBC Symphony Orchestra under its new Music Director, Sakari Oramo for a performance of Vaughan William’s magnificent Sea Symphony.

In preparation for this prestigious event the NYCW will meet for two one-day workshops in Llandrindod before moving to Birmingham for a week of intensive rehearsals, directed by Simon Halsey, MD of the LSO Chorus. The concert on Friday 12th July will be performed in front of a full house at London’s Royal Albert Hall. Those not lucky enough to get a ticket can enjoy the concert live on BBC TV and radio.

Ty Cerdd Young Composer’s Competition 2014

Following the success of this year’s inaugural Young Composer’s Competition, Ty Cerdd is pleased to announce details of its 2014 event. This year entrants, aged 25 years and below, will be asked to write a single movement work of 6 -7 minutes duration for brass band.

The composer of the winning entry will receive a cheque for £1,000 and their piece will be performed and recorded by the National Youth Brass Band of Wales in July 2014.

Full details of the competition can be found here