National Youth Orchestra of Wales

We are delighted to support the NYOW by providing its most recently appointed leader Bethan Allmand with a violin for the duration of her role as leader.  Bethan visited the shop in 2013 to select her instrument, a Casper Strnad, 1812. 

“It is fantastic that Cardiff Violins are supporting the Orchestra in this way. The role of the Leader is an important one, they often play a number of solos within a concert and they need an instrument of sufficient quality to enable those solos to sing through an orchestra of the size of NYOW.”

Matthew Jones (NYAW Manager – Youth Music)

“'Cardiff Violins are delighted to support Bethan and the NYOW and look forward to many happy years of association”

Christopher King (Cardiff Violins)

“I feel very privileged to have the opportunity to play on the violin that Cardiff Violins have generously lent to me in partnership with the NYOW. I chose it because of its warm, rich sound and beautiful overtones. It was made by Casper Strnad in the Czech Republic in 1812. I look forward to playing it during the NYOW course and for it to continue to aid my studies in September with Yossi Zivoni at the Royal College of Music”

Bethan Allmand (Leader, NYOW)

From NYOW website:

As the first national youth orchestra in the world, the NYOW has 65 years experience in providing a first-class training experience for Wales’ young musicians and constantly delivers performances that are full of energy and passion. It is a flagship for youth music in Wales.

The NYOW presents concerts in prestigious venues across the UK and abroad, including; St David's Hall (Cardiff), Bridgewater Hall (Manchester), NCH (Dublin), The Sage Gateshead, Konzerthaus am Gendarmenmarkt (Berlin), Beethovensaal (Stuttgart), the Salle Erasmus (Strasbourg) and on the Italian island of Ischia. It is frequently invited to perform at prestigious international music festivals including the Three Choirs Festival, Fishguard International Festival and the North Wales International Music Festival. 

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