Liverpool Daily Echo

It is always an exciting occasion when a National Youth Orchestra gives a concert. The skill of the young musicians and the way they rise to the occasion is always guaranteed to make a concert special. But there is more than one National Youth Orchestra in Great Britain. Now we have the Welsh Orchestra on record, under Owain Arwel Hughes, giving a fine showing in Elgar’s 2nd Symphony, recorded in the Prichard Jones Hall, Bangor, last April [2006]. The Cd released by Divine Art also includes the Investiture Dances written in 1969 for the event at Caernarfon, which could be by Malcolm Arnold, but are in fact by Alun Hoddinott. A very creditable release indeed.

—Peter Spaull