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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 on Classic FM

Listen to our radio trail ahead of our 2015 summer concerts.
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NCO’s New Constitution – Second Consultation

The second stage of consultation has now started with the publication of a letter from NCO Interim Chair, Peter Stark. To read the letter please click here. As before we welcome your views - to contribute please email

Documents referenced in Peter Stark's letter can be downloaded here;
Proposed NCO Articles of Association
Guide to the Draft Constitution of NCO

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

Vivienne Price MBEThank you so much to everyone who joined us at the Vivienne Price Memorial Concert on Sunday 1 February.

It was an incredible evening, full of passion, emotion but most of all admiration and gratitude for Vivienne. We were delighted to be joined on stage by some ex-members; the Orchestra did us all proud and delivered a simply outstanding performance of meaningful pieces. Vivienne's influence is so wide-ranging; she has made such a significant impact on music education and we want to ensure that her legacy lives on.

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



NCO’s Sensational Summer Season

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2013 Main Orchestra Summer Course - Wellington College - Album 3

2013 Main Orchestra Summer Course - Wellington College - Album 3

Our Main Orchestra during their Summer Course at Wellington…

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Overture to Roman Carnival, Berlioz

Overture to Roman Carnival, Berlioz

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

The application process for a place in one of our 2016 orchestras is now open!

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01934 418855

National Children's Orchestras
of Great Britain

57 Buckingham Road
BS24 9BG

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