the increasing popularity of television, the importance of the chapels in the
Welsh mining villages slowly decreased. But an educational revival movement
raised the standard of the teaching of music in schools considerably. This
also proved to be of great impetus for instrumental and orchestra music in
amateur as well as in professional circles..
National Youth Orchestra of Wales
above all has made a name for itself. It was founded soon after the 2nd
World War in 1946 as the first youth orchestra in the world, 2 years before that
of Great Britain. Many young people have chosen to play with this orchestra,
although they had been nominated for the Great Britain Orchestra. A lot of
composers, too, have held it in high esteem (e.g. Grace Williams, Alun Hoddinot
etc.). Unfortunately, the orchestra has faced a funding crisis since its chief
sponsor, B.P., withdrew its help.
No less renowned is the National Orchestra of Wales for which many new musical works have been commissioned.
Leader on the world stage, Daily Mail, 15-07-1995