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Our Vision

To be the leading training ground for professional classical musicians of the future.

NCO provides a world class foundation in orchestral performance and musicianship to musically talented children in the UK aged between 7 and 14 years. We work to ensure that all children have an opportunity to access the life-changing opportunities NCO provides, irrespective of financial means, background or disadvantage.

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How to Join
To become a member of NCO you need to play an orchestral instrument.

Our orchestras are open to young musicians aged 7-14 years old, and you need to be aged 13 or under on 31 December in the year of audition.

Everyone needs to audition for membership each year, even if they have previously been members. This allows us to maintain exceptional standards of playing and performance in our orchestras. Auditions take place at venues across the country in October annually.

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