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The NCO appoints two new governors - Peter Stark and Simon Webb

Issued: 22 February 2011


The National Children's Orchestra of Great Britain (NCO) has appointed Peter Stark and Simon Webb, as non-executive governors to its 12-strong board.

Comments David Railton QC, chairman of the NCO governors:

“We are delighted to announce that Peter Stark and Simon Webb have accepted our invitation to join the NCO board of governors. Peter’s reputation as a teacher and orchestral trainer is renowned, while Simon’s experience in orchestral management at all levels is extensive. They join the NCO at a very exciting point in its development. The organisation is growing rapidly both in size and reputation and we are confident that both Peter and Simon will bring new and vital skills to bear on the wonderful experience which the NCO offers talented young musicians nationwide.”
Peter Stark is professor of conducting at the Royal College of Music in London, as well as rehearsal conductor for the European Union Youth Orchestra and conductor-in-residence for the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. He has inspired thousands of musicians across the world and conducted a number of the world’s leading ensembles including the London Symphony Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and English Chamber Orchestra. In 2008 he was series consultant to the BBC 2 series Maestro.
Simon Webb is currently director of Orchestral Management at the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra where he oversees all choral, educational and orchestral activity.  He is a trustee of Manchester Camerata and sits on the Classical Music Advisory Panel at Sage Gateshead.  He has worked as administrative director of Music in the Round in Sheffield, where he was instrumental in setting up Ensemble 360, in a freelance capacity as a programmer for Sheffield City Hall and for Arts Council England developing orchestral provision in Yorkshire and the Humber.  A former cellist, Webb was a member of the London Philharmonic Orchestra from 1996-2005, playing a leading role in the LPO's education programme and was chair of LPO Board of Directors for five years.


 PHOTOS of Peter Stark and Simon Webb are available on request.

For further information please contact: Katrina Kelly, NCO development and marketing administrator, Tel: 01934 418855 or E-mail:


The National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain provides young people with a world-class foundation in orchestral performance and musicianship. Over 900 young musicians aged 7-13 audition each year for a coveted place in one of its five age-banded orchestras. Once selected, they attend week-long intensive residential courses where they receive first-class training from tutors drawn from major national orchestras and the best specialist music schools around the country. Each residential course culminates in a full orchestra concert performance with the senior orchestras performing in concert halls all over the country from Birmingham to Gateshead, Cardiff to Nottingham as well as London and No 10 Downing Street on occasion. For its 30th Anniversary in 2008 the NCO performed at the Symphony Hall, Birmingham where more than 500 members and ex-members performed to a packed house. The NCO also tours internationally, most recently to China and Italy.

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