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The NCO prepare for upcoming concert at the Hexagon, Reading

Issued: April 12, 2010

FROM: THE NATIONAL CHILDREN’S ORCHESTRA OF GREAT BRITAIN

The National Children's Orchestra of Great Britain prepare for upcoming concert at the Hexagon, Reading

The young musicians from the National Children’s Orchestra (NCO) are beginning a fun, inspiring residential music course, in preparation for their performance at The Hexagon on Sunday 18 April, 3 pm.

The intensive residential course began April 10 for the NCO’s Main Orchestra, during which first-class musical training is teamed with socially-developmental activities. The course is led by tutors drawn from major national orchestras and specialist music schools around the country. The course culminates in a full orchestra concert performance at The Hexagon, which should not be missed.

The children will be working hard to perfect the ambitious concert programme, spending up to seven hours a day rehearsing. It is not all work though, and there will be plenty of time for them to relax and have fun together. They have willingly given up some of their school holiday to attend the course, showing just how dedicated and passionate they are.

Director of music, Roger Clarkson comments:
“As we move closer to our performance at The Hexagon I become even more excited about the outstanding standard of music that will be produced. The NCO has a spell-binding programme and I have no doubt that the audience will be enchanted by the extraordinary playing of this talented young orchestra, in which no child is older than 14.”

World-famous conductor, Christopher Adey, is to lead the brilliant young instrumentalists through a captivating programme, certain to appeal to all music-lovers. The Main Orchestra will perform Shostakovich’s celebratory Festival Overture and Delius’ Walk to the Paradise Garden amongst other exciting and engaging pieces.

Audiences will be amazed by the talent of these young musicians who are sure to wow at The Hexagon and play with a heightened sense of vigour and enthusiasm following their stimulating residential course.

Tickets for the National Children’s Orchestra Spring Concert range from £10 to £18, with a £2 discount for concessions, and £5 for children under 16. Telephone The Hexagon on 0118 960 6060, email boxoffice@readingarts.com or visit www.readingarts.com.


For further information please contact: Katrina Kelly, NCO development and marketing administrator, Tel: 01934 418855 or E-mail: k.kelly@nco.org.uk

PHOTOS OF THE NATIONAL CHILDREN’S ORCHESTRA IN PERFORMANCE AND A HIGH RESOLUTION LOGO ARE AVAILABLE FROM Katrina Kelly, NCO development and marketing administrator, Tel: 01934 418855 or E-mail: k.kelly@nco.org.uk


NOTES FOR EDITORS

NATIONAL CHILDREN’S ORCHESTRA AT THE HEXAGON, READING
Sunday April 18, 2010 at 3pm

THE PROGRAMME

MAIN ORCHESTRA     Guest Conductor – Christopher Adey

Shostakovich Festival Overture
Dukas La Peri
Delius (arr Beecham) Walk to the Paradise Garden
Tchaikovsky Symphonic Poem - Francesca Da Rimini

 

 

 

 

NATIONAL CHILDREN’S ORCHESTRA OF GREAT BRITAIN

The National Children’s Orchestra holds nationwide auditions every year to populate its five, age-banded orchestras with the most gifted young orchestral players that the UK has to offer. The quality of orchestral training provided to NCO members is unrivalled, with children being given the opportunity to take part in intensive residential courses where first-class musical training is teamed with socially developmental activities.


The tutors for these sessions are drawn from major national orchestras and specialist music schools around the country. Each residential course culminates in a full orchestra concert performance, like the one being held at The Hexagon.


RESIDENTIAL COURSE DETAILS

We would like to invite members of the press to see for themselves the wonderful developmental work that takes place with the children as part of our intensive courses. The Residential course for our Main Orchestra directly precedes the concert at The Hexagon and runs from 10-18 April. This year’s course is being held at Port Regis School in Dorset.

For further information or photo opportunities please contact: Katrina Kelly, NCO development and marketing administrator, Tel: 01934 418855 or E-mail: k.kelly@nco.org.uk


LOCAL NCO MEMBERS

  • Alexander (Fozzy) Foster, aged 13, from Reading. Alexander plays the French horn and has been a member of NCO since 2008, when he joined the Under 12s Orchestra. He also played as part of NCO’s newly formed sinfonietta in March this year at the Foundling Museum, London.
  • Imogen (Mog) Taylor, aged 13, from Chapel Row. Imogen plays the oboe and is embarking on her first year with NCO this year. She also played in NCO’s newly formed sinfonietta in March this year at the Foundling Museum, London.

Both are members of the Main Orchestra and will therefore be performing at The Hexagon.


For further information please contact: Katrina Kelly, NCO development and marketing administrator, Tel: 01934 418855 or E-mail: k.kelly@nco.org.uk

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