National Children's Orchestra of Great Britain
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Best Classical Music Education Initiative - The Nominees
2. National Children's Orchestra of Great Britain
The NCO is in fact five age-banded orchestras for young musicians aged seven to 13, supported by a number of regional training orchestras around the country, a structure which gives hundreds of young musicians the chance to play with the NCO every year. Like the National Youth Orchestra, the NCO runs an outreach programme which includes days for any young musician to come along and experience orchestral playing. As well as being known for an exceptional standard of music-making, the NCO also runs a pioneering young conductors’ course.