We are delighted to welcome members of the press to our concerts.‚Äč

NCO public concerts are the culmination of a week's work for our three eldest orchestras. The members embark on residential courses - held at schools around the country - where they train and rehearse together with world class conductors and music tutors.

NCO concerts showcase the talents of our young musicians, specially presented for an audience of classical music lovers, family and friends of orchestra members, NCO supporters, music educators, industry professionals and members of the local and national press.

NCO was founded in 1978, by Vivienne Price MBE. Vivienne had a vision that younger musicians should be able to train in full symphonic orchestras, much like the youth orchestras she joined as a teenager. Each year NCO welcomes musically talented 7-13 years to audition for a place in one of the six national orchestras. Aside from the age-banded national orchestras, NCO also operates six regional orchestras who meet up once a month to rehearse and socialise with local members.

Aside from the amazing residential training courses and incredible performance opportunities, the young musicians in the orchestras are often given the chance to participate in exclusive projects. In the recent years, NCO has embarked on two international tours - to China in 2006 and to Italy in 2008. In 2012, NCO were invited to perform at Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's Jubilee Lunch at Westminster Hall.

Various performance opportunities have arisen through NCO's connect to the esteemed violinist, Nicola Bendetti MBE. Nicola is a Vice-President of the organisation and also an alumni member. In 2015, Nicola performed at the Under 13 Orchestra's Summer Concert at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. The young musicians were also joined in the same concert by virtuoso trumpeter, Wynton Marsalis. Later on in the year, Nicola invited string players from NCO's eldest orchestras to join her on tour in Manchester and Birmingham.

Most recently, NCO has featured on Classic FM for a weeklong celebration. From 27 June to 3 July 2016, Classic FM broadcast a series of interviews between young musicians from the NCO and notable alumni and Vice-Presidents of the charity. The professional musicians involved were Nicola Benedetti MBE, Dame Evelyn Glennie, Guy Johnston, Martin Bartlett, LSO's Maxine Kwok-Adams and international conductor Daniel Harding. The week was a huge success for Classic FM and NCO, both on-air and digitally.

Upcoming concerts

Main Orchestra - Sunday 11 December - Barbican Centre - 7pm

Under 13 Orchestra - Sunday 11 December - Barbican Centre - 7pm

If you are a member of the press and would like to attend one of these concerts, please contact Claire Vautier, Marketing and Development Manager. To download the photo at the top of this page click here (photo credit: Bill Hiskett), or contact the team for alternative images.

Click here to read our 2015 concert review digest.

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