The NCO office is run by a small team of full and part time staff. All of our staff are passionate about NCO and music education, and bring their own expertise and experience to their roles.
Catherine joined NCO in July 2017, charged with developing the artistic and educational vision for the orchestras. She is a portfolio musician - alongside her role at NCO she is a professional violinist with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and a founder member of The Stringcredibles, a string quartet dedicated to exploring the relationship between classical performers and their audiences. Her priorities for NCO will be to bring the best conductors, tutors and repertoire to all our orchestras, to articulate and refine our curriculum and to connect NCO as widely as possible to the broader educational sector.
Bébhinn joined the NCO team in February 2021. She’s an AAT qualified accountant who has spent her career working for arts organisations and charities including The Burlington Magazine, The Wardrobe Theatre and MAYK. She is passionate about accountancy and is excited to join NCO to transform the finance function. Despite her name meaning melodious in Irish, she does not yet play a musical instrument. She’s keen on many arts disciplines and is a proud genealogy anorak.
Vicky has been a part of the NCO team since 2017. She has over 15 years of senior-level experience in development work for a variety of arts charities including Barbican Centre and English National Opera. Vicky's role focuses on fundraising to support NCO's vital work in the UK music education landscape. She loves music and also enjoys art and design exhibitions, reading, running and poker.
Sarah joined the NCO team in November 2018. She is responsible for looking after our important supporters, alongside managing an active portfolio of Trusts and Foundations, and handling the growth of the NCO Friends and Patrons programme. Sarah read Italian and Music at Cardiff University and, following a year spent living in Venice, she furthered her studies with a Master’s degree in Musicology. A dedicated advocate for the arts, she has previously worked for Sinfonia Cymru and artist management company, Sulivan Sweetland. She plays the French horn, adores Italy and is an obsessive baker.
Ellie joined NCO in June 2019. Ellie will oversee all aspects of NCO activity and operations. Ellie has over 10 years of experience in producing and delivering orchestral experiences in educational and outreach settings. She has worked with National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, Sinfonia Cymru, Southbank Sinfonia, Barbican Centre and English National Opera. She played a key part in developing and implementing NYO’s ground breaking access and inclusion programme ‘Inspire’ and is passionate about the role the arts can play in empowering individuals and communities.
Lizzy joined the NCO team in March 2021. She works behind the scenes to make NCO activity such as auditions and residential courses run smoothly. Prior to joining NCO, Lizzy worked for 6 years in the Learning & Participation team at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance in London. She has produced projects and performances with and for people of all ages at Tate Modern, Laban Building, Royal Festival Hall, Lewisham People’s Day and Queen’s House. Lizzy is passionate about bringing diverse communities together through transformative creative experiences. She is also a violinist and loves folk music, Swing Dance and bumbling around the countryside in her campervan!
Sophie joined NCO in February 2018. In her role as Chief Executive, Sophie will oversee everything NCO does with responsibility for the strategic development of the organisation. Sophie has worked in the arts for 25 years, holding positions at English National Opera, Arts Council England and Welsh National Opera. As Chief Executive of Sinfonia Cymru from 2006, Sophie led significant growth in the orchestra’s programme, reach and profile; an achievement formally recognised in 2012 as winner of the inaugural ABO/Rhinegold Orchestra Manager of the Year.
Charlotte joined the NCO in September 2021. She is responsible for assisting the Communications Director in engaging with our young musicians and their parents as well as supporting the continued delivery of the NCO's message across various platforms. Charlotte has recently submitted her PhD in Soviet Hungarian music at Cardiff University, is an enthusiastic piano teacher and also enjoys working with young musicians developing their musicianship skills at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.
Alex joined NCO in March 2021. She works behind the scenes providing administrative support across all NCO activities. Alex studied music at the University of Birmingham where she made the most of an exciting and eclectic music scene. She is passionate about arts education and has previously worked at Junior Trinity.
David Rees joined the team as Stage & Equipment manager in 2019. He supports the General Manager in looking after all of our equipment and overseeing it being moved across the country for our national music programme. David has been working with NCO for a long time both supporting logistics and as a member of the Social Staff.