Founded by the late Vivienne Price MBE in 1978, NCO has grown steadily from one Orchestra to twelve (six National age-banded Orchestras and six Regional Orchestras).

NCO is the fulfilment of a dream.

Vivienne Price MBE (1931-2014), NCO Founder

NCO has nurtured the talents of generations of the UK’s most musically gifted children, launching many into a lifelong love of music and professional careers. Through the vision of Vivienne Price MBE, NCO has grown to make a vital contribution to the excellence of the UK’s musical landscape. Every adult professional orchestra in the UK, and many international orchestras have members who first found their musical inspiration with NCO.

The National Children's Orchestra's first printed programme