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We are The National Youth Wind Orchestra of Great Britain

The UK’s Premier Youth Wind Orchestra

Welcome to The National Youth Wind Orchestra of Great Britain (NYWO) the UK’s premier youth wind orchestra for approximately 75 young musicians aged 14 to 21. Established as a charity in 1986 by Stephen Dodgson, Leonard Salzedo, Andrew McGavin and Robert Montgomery, the orchestra was originally named the British Youth Wind Orchestra when it was first founded in 1957 by founder and clarinettist Eric McGavin. NYWO brings together some of the finest young woodwind, brass and percussion players in the country. The orchestral configuration uses the whole range of clarinets to take the place of violins and violas in a symphony orchestra, resulting in a wonderfully rich and sonorous sound.


The NYWO Experience

NYWO is a special and deserving organisation which gives young musicians the opportunity to work with internationally renowned conductors and tutors, develop their musical skills in a musically-rich and safe environment, and perform with leading soloists at prestigious venues across the UK and abroad. In a sentence, NYWO is a ‘family’ made up of wonderful young people, lasting friendships, inspiring music, musicians and dedicated staff.

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