The National Children’s Chamber Orchestra (NCCO) is conducted by David Johnston, and is characterised by its musical flair and speed of learning new repertoire. No compromise is made for lack of age and experience. Standard works of the chamber orchestra are studied, backed up with sectional coaching, ready for a performance at the end of the Easter Course. The NCCO has had music especially written for the group, which helps to strike a balance between classical and modern repertoire. There are places for five desks of 1st and 2nd violins, four desks of violas, four desks of ‘cellos and three double basses. Spaces are also available for two each of flutes, oboes, clarinets, bassoons, trumpets and horns.

Recent repertoire includes:

Serenade No 1 – Brahms
Piano Concerto No 2 – Shostakovich
Egmont Overture – Beethoven
La Clemenza di Tito Overture – Mozart
Symphonies 3 & 4 – Schubert
Fingal’s Cave – Mendelssohn
When I Wake Up Dancing – Morgan-Williams (world premiere)
Variations for Orchestra – Moseley (world premiere)
Masques et Bergamasques – Faure
Serenade for Small Orchestra Op26 – Arnold
Three Bavarian Dances OP27 – Elgar
Drei Sätze Für Orchestra und Marsch in D-moll – Anton Bruckner
John Henry – Aaron Copland
Petite Suite pour orchestra – Claude Debussy
Symphonies 3 & 4 – Schubert
Praeludium and Berceuse – Jarnefelt
Divertimento In B Flat For Orchestra – Lennox Berkeley


Standard required: Grade 7 upwards