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"An organisation that should be treasured nationwide"Peter Stark

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"The NCO is brimming with talent"Sir Simon Rattle CBE

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"Genuinely moving ★★★★"The Guardian

Welcome to the National Children's Orchestras of Great Britain

The NCO is Great Britain’s premier symphony orchestra for children. We offer children a life-changing experience with training from top professional musicians.

Our performances are renowned for their intensity, vivacity and commitment, but above all their professionalism.

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NCO Constitutional Members

The NCO Board of Trustees is now supported by a group of Constitutional Members – a total of 24 individuals drawn from the NCO community in the following categories: music tutors, social staff, parents of NCO members, the staff team and NCO donors. The Members group is presently chaired by Neil Severn, a parent.

The purpose of the Members is to act as a safeguard and ensure that the governance and custodianship of NCO by its Board accords with the abiding principles of NCO. Further information on the purpose and operation of NCO’s constitution is available here.

Members were selected by ballot last year from all those who were eligible and expressed an interest. Places may become available from time to time – if you would like to put your name forward for the future, please email Carrie at Eligibility criteria are available from the Constitutional Member’s page.

The Members welcome comments and feedback from all in the NCO community and a special email address is available for this purpose:

Please remember however that all communications relating to your child’s membership of NCO, or about our activities, operations, courses, concerts and auditions should be directed to the NCO office as usual – either to a particular member of the team or to

NCO Board of Trustees

The Board welcomes enquiries from all interested in serving NCO as a Trustee.
Please contact Carrie at for further information.

Vivienne Price MBE"NCO is the fulfilment of a dream"
Vivienne Price MBE (1931-2014), NCO Founder

We have established a Vivienne Price Memorial Fund so that Vivienne's ethos of music for all young people can be maintained. To contribute to the Memorial Fund, please send a cheque made out to 'National Children's Orchestras' and write the words 'Memorial Fund' on the reverse of the cheque.

In order to make your donation go even further, if you are a tax payer, please complete a Gift Aid Form and send it along with your cheque to: Claire Vautier, NCO, 57 Buckingham Road, Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, BS24 9BG



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The National Children's Orchestras is a registered charity no 803026. Company registered in England no 2471385.

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National Children's Orchestras
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57 Buckingham Road
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