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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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Happy New Year – Chairman’s message

Peter Stark

Welcome to 2016, which I hope will be a happy and prosperous one for all associated with NCO.

The joyous concert given by Main and Under 13s Orchestras at Fairfield Halls on 20th December was a wonderful way to round off a successful 2015. The evening before, NCO held its first Annual General Meeting under the new constitutional arrangements. Thanks are due to all NCO’s new Members for a really constructive and positive meeting. As part of the formal business, the interim Board stood down and eight of the nine interim Trustees put themselves forward for re-election. All were re-elected unanimously by the Members and a ‘full’ Board has now been formed. My fellow Trustees and I are privileged to have received this mandate and look forward to steering NCO towards further successes.

We are disappointed to let you know that Dominic Jewel has unexpectedly decided not to take up the post of Managing Director with NCO, after formalities around the terms of the role proved difficult to conclude. We wish Dominic every success as he pursues opportunities elsewhere. The Board is taking steps to recruit an appropriate person to take on this key role and to build on the progress made during 2015. Further announcements will be made in due course.

Rehearsals for NCO’s six regional orchestras start in a couple of weeks, and the team is already busy with preparations for the first residential courses in March and April.

My fellow Trustees and I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible at NCO concerts through the year, and wish all of our 2016 Orchestra members a magical year of music.

With my best wishes
Peter Stark

NCO Board of Trustees

The Board welcomes enquiries from all interested in serving NCO as a Trustee.

There is currently an opening for the role of Honorary Treasurer. This would suit experienced accountants or similarly qualified people, with or without previous experience of trusteeship. The role is unpaid, but expenses will be covered. 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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