NCWO are the umbrella initials of the original charitable trust – the National Children’s Wind Orchestra of Great Britain, formed in 1984 (registered charity number 326785). As standards rose and the musical demands of the players changed, more ensembles were added. Today there are three wind orchestras and three classical orchestral groups. The six groups are chosen by audition around the winter half term period, and those selected attend a residential course the following Easter at Queenswood School, Hertfordshire. With 55 members of staff, each course has its own identity, rehearsing in its own part of the school, but the NCWO is also well known for its social and pastoral programmes, which take place alongside the important musical content of the course. The disco, the late night football in the sports hall (won by the staff team last year), the swimming, the tennis, the staff cabaret and the sixth form bar all contribute to an exceptional week of music making and the forging of new friendships. Provision will be made for those players wishing to study for academic exams.




The NCWO structure

Wind Orchestras Chamber Orchestras
The National Youth Wind Ensemble
conducted by Phillip Scott
The National Youth Chamber Orchestra
Directed by Christopher Hirons
The National Children’s Wind Orchestra
The National Children’s Chamber Orchestra
The National Children’s Wind Sinfonia

Applications are invited from players of all orchestral and band instruments from age 10 to 19 and with a minimum standard of grade 5, up to players who are in their first year of college/university and beyond diploma level.
Players will be placed in the appropriate group depending on the results of the auditions.

Players selected for NYWE and NYCO are grade 7 to diploma level
Players selected for NCWO and NCCO are grade 7 upwards
Players selected for NCWS are grade 5 upwards

Course for 2019:
Dates: Friday 5 April 2019 – Saturday 13 April 2018.
Venue: Queenswood School, Shepherd’s Way, Brookmans Park, Hatfield, Hertfordshire. AL9 6NS


Concerts 2018
Each group will give a public concert at the end of the course.
For NYCO members Chamber Music is an integral part of the course fir the woodwind section and many members of the string section. Members of the NYWE may have the opportunity to play chamber music.

As a guideline fees for last year were £875 for NCWS, £980 for NCCO and NCWO and £1020 for NYCO and NYWE. Bursaries are available in cases of need.

Two appearances live on breakfast television, a radio broadcast during BBC Royal Albert Hall Promenade Concert 2000, subject of a Channel 4 documentary, represented Great Britain at WASBE international conferences in Sweden, Ireland and Taiwan, also the Shrewsbury and Cheltenham Music Festivals, toured Poland, Hong Kong and Macau, collaborated with the Aurora Orchestra in a BBC Prom 2010, commissioned numerous new works many of which are now standard repertoire played all over the world, performed concertos and organised masterclasses with eminent musicians. Soloists with NYWE and NYCO have included Colin Curry, Sarah Williamson and Huw Morgan. Our 30 year celebration concerts for NYCO, NYWE, NCCO and NCWO were held at Cadogan Hall, London on 12th April 2015.

A team of nationally recognised performers and teachers including members of the New London Chamber Ensemble, combine to provide the best possible sectional tutoring, and there is a team of pastoral staff and a resident nurse.

To apply click here