We are grateful for the generosity of all our supporters, including NCO parents, individual donors, trusts and foundations, our corporate sponsor ABRSM and the Arts Council of England.

We are an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation, which means funding thanks to taxpayers plays a huge part in supporting our work.


Trusts, Foundations and other organisations

We wish to acknowledge our grateful thanks to all of the trusts, foundations and organisations who have supported NCO.

  • Anonymous
  • Baron Davenport’s Charity
  • Cecil King Memorial Foundation
  • Colwinston Charitable Trust
  • Derek Hill Foundation
  • The Edward Cadbury Charitable Trust
  • Foyle Foundation
  • Garfield Weston Foundation
  • G. C. Gibson Charitable Trust
  • The Golsoncott Foundation
  • Harrison-Frank Family Foundation
  • The Humphrey Richardson Taylor Charitable Trust
  • The Kirby Laing Foundation
  • The Leverhulme Trust
  • The Linder Foundation
  • Marsh Charitable Trust
  • Mary Robertson Trust
  • Misses Barrie Charitable Trust
  • Mrs. Pat Ripley Charitable Trust
  • Oakley Charitable Trust
  • PF Charitable Trust
  • Three Monkies Trust
  • Universal Music UK Sound Foundation
  • Veronica Awdry Charitable Trust


Thank you to NCO Parents, who have shown so much generosity to NCO.


We would like to thank each one of our dedicated supporters on our Friends and Patrons scheme for their generous support.

Pianissimo Friends:

  • Nicola & Martin Clapham
  • Mary Cordall
  • Virginia & Richard Cornish
  • Vicky Eltringham
  • Sarah Freeman
  • Drs R & B Grover
  • Fiona Harvey
  • Beth Higham-Edwards
  • Geoffrey Hirst
  • John & Diana Lampen
  • William Norris
  • Annabel Noton
  • Michael Ruffle
  • Peter Stark
  • Harry & Nicky Yoxall

Crescendo Friends:

  • Catherine Arlidge
  • Janet Baker
  • Alan Clarkson
  • Michael Ferraro
  • Melanie Haydon
  • Sophie & Simon Lewis
  • Kathy & Vince Ludlow
  • Jonathan Mayes
  • William O’Farrell
  • David Stride
  • Clare Thompson
  • Moira Usher
  • Brian & Jennifer Weir

Forte Friends:

  • John Bradley
  • Chris Lamb
  • Jean Marsh
  • Robert Mitchell
  • Paul & Alison Richards

NCO Patrons:

  • Anthony and Stella Capo-Bianco
  • Andrew & Gillian Kemble
  • Louise Mitchell

Bursary Patrons:

  • Nina Kaye & Timothy Nathan

Conductor’s Circle Patrons:

  • Howard & Celia Gough

Special thanks to Adrian and Tessa Suggett for their exceptional support in 2023.


We would like to acknowledge the generous legacy NCO received in 2018 from the estate of Keith Lovet Watson, in memory of his mother, for which we are most grateful.