This is NCO's National programme.

NCO's National programme consists of three symphony orchestras - Main (13-14 year olds), Under 13 and Under 12 - who meet for two week-long residentials in the spring and summer school holidays, culminating in astounding concerts in public concert venues.

Through varied repertoire, positive partnerships and connections with stellar professional musicians, tutors, creative and wellbeing experts and conductors, the National programme is going to be fantastic this year. Please see details of the Summer programme below.

"NCO has meant the world to me. As each activity passed, I immediately looked forward to the next one, both for the pure enjoyment of playing in an orchestra with such such talented young musicians as well as seeing friends that live nationally." NCO National Member, aged 14.

"Rehearsing and performing the most ambitious and varied repertoire, the 300 exceptional young musicians of the National Orchestras will be immersed in the skill and joy of orchestral playing. How they help us to shape their learning and show us what a difference they can make to the world is one of the great joys of NCO." Catherine Arlidge, Artistic and Educational Director

Joining NCO 

Auditions have closed for 2024. We are open for auditions for 2025 until 31st July 2024!

See more about joining NCO, including information on auditions, fees and financial support.