National Children's Orchestras of Great Britain

National Children's Orchestras of Great Britain

Charity information

National Children's Orchestras of Great Britain

National Children’s Orchestras exists to inspire children and young people from all backgrounds to achieve their full potential through learning and performing orchestral music.

Founded 1978

  • Mission statement

    Founded by Vivienne Price in 1978, NCO has 40 year's experience in identifying, nurturing and training exceptional musical children. But we want to do better and do more. Orchestral music provides the soundtrack to our lives. It is everywhere from the concert hall, and the radio, it is film and game soundtracks as well as being an integral part of rock, pop, jazz and folk music. Orchestras are versatile, innovative and relevant. The educational, social and emotional benefits of learning a musical instrument are well documented. However, the marginalisation of music in a narrowed school curriculum, the restrictions of whole class teaching leading to sustainable progression routes combined with decreasing budgets all at primary school level are quickly eroding the very foundation of orchestral music in the UK. Our leadership role is therefore clear. Over the next three years, we will do three things: 1. In partnership with music hubs and other providers, we will champion the joy of orchestral playing amongst primary school children and support them through a new national access programme. 2. We ensure easier progression routes for children both within NCO membership and for children engaged in our access programme, including free session and a comprehensive bursary programme. 3. We will place child wellbeing and creativity at the centre of our national orchestral activities, investing in and developing our practice to create meaningful change in our sector.

  • Aims

    National Children's Orchestras of Great Britain aims to:

    • We will champion the joy of orchestral playing amongst children of primary school age and support their musical development via a national access programme.
    • We will place child wellbeing and creativity at the centre of our orchestral activities, investing in and developing the practice with the potential to create meaningful change for the sector.
    • Retaining our reputation for excellence, we will change our framework to allow easier progression routes for both children in our national orchestras and children engaged in our access programme.
  • Overview

    Established: January 1978

    Registered Charity Number: 803026

    Board members: 12

    Full time staff: 6

    Part time staff: 3

    Phone number: 01934 418855

    Address: 57 Buckingham RoadWeston-super-Mare, Somerset BS24 9BG

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