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Boys playing percussion instruments

"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.

What's On

Following the appointment of a new NCO board on 23rd June 2014, Sarah Derbyshire has decided to leave NCO at this time to pursue other interests.

The Board is grateful to Sarah for all her hard work as Managing Director of the NCO. She leaves the NCO after 2 years as Managing Director in a strong position to face the future with confidence and to bring the benefits of the NCO's orchestral training to an ever greater and wider range of children.

Quote from Peter Stark, Chairman:
"Sarah leaves the NCO with our thanks and we wish her every success. The new Board is looking forward to the future, building on the firm foundations to which she has contributed."



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2013 Main Orchestra Summer Course - Wellington College - Album 3

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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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BS24 9BG

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