National Youth Orchestra of Wales: Concerts 1961

from Alan Davies, Bridgend Boys’ GS

This page contains the programme of the concerts given by the
National Youth Orchestra of Wales in 1961.
They took place in Newtown, Llandrindod Wells, the National Eisteddfod in Dyffryn Maelor, Cardiff, Porthcawl, Merthyr Tydfil and Swansea. There was also a recording for BBC Television.

In 1961 there were just two pupils from the Cynon Valley in the orchestra, the French Horn player Terry Johns, and Roy Gillard violin — both from Hirwaun. Terry was in ABGS but Roy Gillard attended Vaynor and Penderyn Comprehensive School as he lived on the Breconshire side of the River Cynon, the county boundary in Hirwaun. Four years later in 1964, Roy was leader of the orchestra. In the oboe section is Delyth Pardoe whose father was a former pupil at our school, and by 1961 was headmaster at Ysgol Dyffryn Ogwen, Bethesda. At one time before their marriage, Delyth’s mother and father taught in Ynyslwyd School in Blaengwawr. Also in the oboe section is a boy who became a very successful composer and knight of the realm. In the viola section is a boy who became a member of The Velvet Underground, and is still continuing his career in music.

In the ’cello section there is a player named Gwilym Ambrose. Quite possibly the son of the former headmaster of ABGS, Gwilym Prichard Ambrose, who by 1959 was in post as Principal at Caerleon Training College.

Here are the scans of the programme.
Click or tap on the images to see larger ones.

frontThe front cover Officials WJEC Officials TutorsNames of tutors
and conductors
Part 1Part 1
Part 2 Part 2 NYO Orchestra MembersMembers
of the Orchestra 1
NYO Members 2Members
of the Orchestra 2
Concert Venues Venues of Concerts
NYO Orchestra Members Members
of the Orchestra 1
Transcript
NYO Members 2 Members
of the Orchestra 2
Transcript