The National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain (NCO) has begun their search for children to join the NCO in 2011. They are offering the very best young musical talent the UK has to offer a chance to audition for a place in one of their five age-banded orchestras.
Successful candidates aged 7-13 will be offered a life-changing experience with the NCO – being invited to courses and concerts, meeting like-minded people and being guided by top professional musicians. Membership is for one year, after which children may audition again if they are still young enough.
The audition process for 2011 has already begun so if you’re interested in becoming part of the NCO experience download the application form below. While the auditions are in October places are awarded on a first come first served basis, so we recommend you send your application in as soon as possible.
Please read the information about the application process below before filling in the application form. It includes information about the NCO Orchestras, eligibility and bursaries as well as audition venues, dates and what to expect on your audition day. We recommend you also read the FAQs for parents and players.
You do not have to have taken any grade exams to join the NCO. To give you an idea of whether you are playing at a suitable level, there is a list of the grades that the NCOs current members have or are working towards available HERE. This is only a guide and varies from year to year.
Once you have read the information and decided that the NCO sounds like something you want to be part of, all you need to do is download the application form, fill it in and send back to NCO with your audition fee.
For more information about the NCO you can visit there website: http://www.nco.org.uk/
… and finally, below you can see the NCO in action playing Elgar’s Pomp & Circumstance
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