National Children's Orchestras of Great Britain auditions

  • National Children's Orchestras 57 Buckingham Road Weston-super-Mare BS24 9BG United Kingdom

About the National Children's Orchestras

The NCO invites applications from children aged 7-13 for its orchestras.

The National Children's Orchestras of Great Britain (NCO) offers young musicians a unique opportunity to take part in residential courses and public performances under the guidance of leading professional musicians. 

There are six national age-banded orchestras and six regional orchestras. The national orchestras meet for residential courses in the school holidays. Each course culminates with an orchestral concert – the older Orchestras perform at major venues such as the Royal Festival Hall, Colston Hall and Leeds Town Hall.

Entry to the different orchestras is by audition and the search for members of the 2017 NCO orchestras is now under way.

Age requirements

Candidates should be aged 7–13 (age on 31 December 2016).

Audition timetable and locations

Auditions take place between 2 October – 1 November 2016. There are 36 venues and 68 days of auditions at different locations around the UK. The NCO tries to accommodate specific requests from candidates for audition locations.

How to apply

Applicants should read the auditions booklet, which contains full details of the application process, before filling in and returning an application form or applying online. The booklet includes information about the different NCO Orchestras, eligibility and bursaries as well as audition venues, dates and what to expect on the audition day. NCO also recommends that applicants and parents read about the NCO audition process and FAQs for parents and players.

Financial support

Musical ability is the only criterion for membership and full financial support is available through a bursary scheme.

Contact information

For further information please visit the NCO website.