National Children's Orchestras of Great Britain

National Children's Orchestras: Future Maestros

The NCO has become the foremost provider of orchestral training for children across the UK aged 7-14. Future Maestros will enable over 600 musically talented children from across Great Britain to benefit from first class orchestral tuition in 2017.

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It ran from 2:31 PM, 26 November 2010 to 12:00 AM, 1 December 2016

Registered Charity in England and Wales (803026)


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The NCO offers talented young musicians from all over the UK unbeatable orchestral training and performance opportunities. We want to ensure that every talented child has the chance to experience the thrill of playing in a full symphony orchestra, regardless of their background, financial circumstances and where they live.


NCO runs six national age-banded orchestras and six regional orchestras, open to all talented musicians who successfully audition. We deliver residential courses in spring and summer for Main, Under 13 and Under 12 Orchestra, plus a residential summer cou

  • "Genuinely moving"

    — The Guardian

  • “NCO has allowed my daughter to grow, not only as an orchestral musician, but personally in finding her identity and developing lasting friendships”

    — NCO parent

  • “NCO has given me more than I could ever have hoped for – I have this incredible confidence in myself and what I can achieve.”

    — NCO member