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 1968 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.
Performance & Recording Opportunities
Each course culminates in performances at prestigious concert venues including The Royal Albert Hall, St John’s Smith Square, Cadogan Hall, Birmingham Town Hall and Duke’s Hall attracting wide-ranging audiences. The players in NYWO are also afforded chances to tour abroad with the orchestra, extending their experience and performance opportunities.
NYWO’s long history of success lays claim to performances for the BBC Proms at The Royal Albert Hall and recordings on BBC Radio Three and Classic FM. There is little doubt why NYWO is considered one of the best youth wind orchestras in the world.
The orchestra covers an extensive and challenging range of repertoire from traditional wind classics and orchestral transcriptions, to arrangements of film score favourites. The players regularly work closely with contemporary composers to perform new works and commissions which frequently attract world-class soloists to perform with the orchestra.
Meeting twice a year for residential courses lasting approximately 9 days at stunning locations with excellent facilities, our young musicians have the opportunity to work with internationally renowned conductors.
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.
Rounders, bowling, swimming, football, film nights, quiz nights, singing, jamming sessions, dancing (salsa to street-dance), beat-boxing and Pilates are among the fun activities and entertainment offered on NYWO courses which members of NYWO can enjoy outside rehearsals.
With first-rate tuition from visiting professional musicians, the young musicians experience an inspiring musical journey. We pride ourselves on providing a positive learning experience; nurturing musical talent and helping young players develop their skills whilst building lasting friendships and memories. We deliver a musically-rich environment for our young musicians, many of whom progress to study at some of the UK’s leading music conservatoires and universities and work professionally throughout the world.
A Bright Future
The National Youth Wind Orchestra of Great Britain is a wonderful charitable organisation. We aspire to grow, develop and mature as an organisation and continue to provide Britain’s young musicians with an unforgettable educational experience which is treasured by generations of musicians and audiences alike.