The National Children’s Orchestras of Great Britain (NCO) operate the UK’s premier symphony orchestras for children. We offer children a life-changing experience with training from top professional musicians.
Our performances are renowned for their intensity, vivacity and commitment, but above all their professionalism. The NCO has six national age-banded orchestras, open to children from 7-13 years old. Membership is on an annual basis, with auditions taking place in October each year.
The National Children’s Orchestras of Great Britain provides young people with a world-class foundation for orchestral performance and musicianship. We bring together hundreds of 7-13 year olds from across the country and offer them a life-changing experience – meeting like-minded people and being guided by top professional musicians. As well as creating a safe, stimulating environment in which to explore and enhance their skills and passions, our friendly residential courses also help to broaden the social development of our young musicians.
Established in 1978, the NCO has gone from strength to strength, building up an international reputation as an outstanding orchestra whose maturity belies the age of its members. The NCO has performed in a wide variety of concert venues, from the Royal Albert Hall in London to the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing, and promises audiences an entertaining and uplifting performance.
Passionate about music, our musicians aspire to the highest standards. Welcome to the next generation of world-class music professionals.