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National Children’s Orchestras of Great Britain

Established in 1978, NCO provides orchestral learning and performance opportunities for young musicians aged 7-14 years old living in the UK. There are 12 orchestras under the NCO umbrella; 6 age-banded National Orchestras and 6 mixed-age Regional Orchestras.

The National Orchestra meet throughout the school holidays on residential courses which prepare the members for end-of-course performances. The older orchestras give public concerts in the UK’s leading venues such as Barbican Centre, Leeds Town Hall and Symphony Hall Birmingham.

The Regional Orchestras meet monthly around the country and are a brilliant chance for members of all ages to meet with other NCO musicians from their local area and rehearse exciting new repertoire for an end of year concert.

NCO is a registered charity. It is due to our fundraising efforts that we are able to offer financial support for children from low-income backgrounds, which cover the annual membership costs.

Many children and young people in NCO membership will progress into a career as a professional musician; but the aim for all is to leave with a life-long love of music.

NCO-GB 57 Buckingham Road
Weston-super-Mare, North Somerset BS24 9BG
United Kingdom