Project information

NYOW Young Strings Development

National Youth Arts Wales aims to develop the skills of young string players across Wales through a series of regional workshops aimed at children between the ages of 11-18. We will work with partners to compliment the training at a local level and work in areas of Wales where provision is lacking.

February 2013 - August 2013

Charity information: WJEC CBAC Limited

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  • Need


    Cuts to Local Authority Music Service budgets has had a massive impact on the training and performance opportunities available to young musicians across Wales. As a consequence the National Youth Orchestra of Wales has seen a steady decline in the number of string players coming to audition for the Orchestra and the range in experience and ability is huge. For those who can afford it, there will always be opportunity, but for those who can't, their potential is severely restricted.


    Working with Schools and Local Authorities, National Youth Orchestra of Wales will arrange a series of weekend workshops in communities across Wales. Workshops will be open to young string players in the region, including those identified through the audition process or nominated by schools and LA music services. Workshops will concentrate on improving technique and ensemble skills and will be led by the NYOW String tutorial team, ensuring the same high quality provision afforded members of NYOW

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To offer high quality training opportunities to young string players across Wales.


    » NYOW will run three regional workshop weekends covering South, North and West Wales.
    » An extended residential course for the string players who show the most potential across the regional workshops
    » NYOW will run Instrument specific workshops for players and teachers of Viola and Double Bass - the endangered instruments

    What success will look like

    Success will be involving at least 150 young musicians across three workshops covering north, south and west Wales. Participants will be asked to offer feedback via online surveys

    Aim 2

    To increase awareness of the National Youth Orchestra of Wales and National Youth Arts Wales


    » NYOW will work more closely with schools, local authorities and individual teachers to ensure we work with as many young musicians as possible
    » NYOW will work directly with up to an additional 200 young musicians through the workshops who will gain knowledge of the NYOW and NYAW

    What success will look like

    Success will be receiving an increased number of application forms to the NYOW. Participants will be specifically tracked as to whether they submit applications or attend concerts

    Aim 3

    To improve the technique, musicianship and confidence of young string players in Wales


    » Participants will work with some of the UK's best professional musicians, each with an excellent track record in training young musicians
    » Participants will work on a range of music of different styles and genres for a broad based approach to instrument technique
    » Participants will receive guidance on audition preparation and technique from the tutors who lead the annual NYOW audition process

    What success will look like

    Success will be monitored through their engagement with school and local authority music provision and through their performance at audition

  • Impact


    It is hoped that the project will result in a more stable pool of players applying and gaining places with the NYOW, and a number of high quality reserve players to call on if required. This is easily monitored through our annual application and audition process. The project will give the participants additional skills and experience to take back to their local ensembles. This will be monitored through local music leaders observing the impact this additional training has on the musicians.


    There is a risk that we are unable to include enough young musicians. This risk is minismised by the flexible nature of the workshops that would be able to accommodate almost any combination and number of players. We already have an excellent relationship with LA Music Service personnel and are building improved relationships with schools in Wales, therefore we are confident we will reach a high number of musicians.


    Funders of the project will receive a final report detailing the activities, case studies from participants and workshop leaders and a statistical analysis of the participants reached through the project. A report following the next application and audition process will also track the participants.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £27,475

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      Amount Heading Description
      £11,757 Personnel includes; NYOW staff, Instrumental tutors, conductor, Welfare Staff
      £10,510 Room Hire / Accommodation includes; venue hire, hotels for staff and accommodation for residential course
      £3,000 Transport / Travel includes; travel expenses for staff and equipment
      £2,208 Production & Administration includes; music, equipment hire, insurances, general administration costs
  • Background


    The project will cover the whole of Wales, with regional workshops held in North, South and West Wales. We would look to hold the workshops in venues where music provision is low, and access to music tuition is difficult.
    We would look to hold the workshops in Denbigh (North Wales), Carmarthen or Lampeter (West Wales) and in Rhondda Cynon Taf (South Wales).
    We would work closely with the Local Authorities and schools in each area to ensure the right location is identified.


    The project would look to develop and 'up-skill' young musicians who have shown a dedication and commitment to learning their instrument, but who, because of where they live or their financial situation may not have had access to opportunities to take their playing to the next level.
    By working in partnership with LA Music Services and schools in each region we have the potential to reach a much wider demographic that we are currently able and tailor the workshops accordingly.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The National Youth Orchestra of Wales has been delivering first class training and performance opportunities to the young musicians of Wales for over 66 years. NYOW has a team of excellent tutors, all professional musicians who are well placed to deliver the aims of the project. in addition, NYOW has an excellent relationship with the 15 Local Authority Music Services in Wales, we will continue to work closely with them to ensure a successful project.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    National Youth Arts Wales

    NYAW will manager the project, liaising with key partners and ensuring all participants receive a 1st class training experience in a safe enviroment


    The Association of Welsh Music Services will be key partners in the project, helping to promote the workshops with the young musicians in their areas

    Tutorial Team

    The team of professional musicians from UK orchestras, the tutors will be key to ensuring the participants are inspired to develop their skills