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Week-long celebration of National Children's Orchestras starts on Classic FM

Laura  Barnes
Week-long celebration of National Children's Orchestras starts on Classic FM

Classic FM will be celebrating the work, musicians, and achievements of the National Children’s Orchestras of Great Britain (NCO) all week long through a mixture of on-air and online content.

Starting today (June 27th), Classic FM will feature interviews all week long with major classical stars and NCO alumni who support the orchestras.

Some of the musicians set to appear on Classic FM include Dame Evelyn Glennie, Nicola Benedetti, Daniel Harding, Guy Johnston, Maxine Kwok-Adams, and Martin Bartlett.

In a twist from tradition, each interview will be conducted by a current young NCO member studying and performing the same instrument as the celebrity interviewees.
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As part of NCO Week on Classic FM, there will be a special Full Works Concert on Wednesday 29th June, featuring exclusive extracts from a recent NCO concert recorded at The Anvil, Basingstoke.

“We are thrilled that our friends at Classic FM have recognised the absolutely vital role the NCO plays in nurturing the nation’s best young orchestral musicians,” said international conductor and NCO Chairman Dr Peter Stark.

“The significant coverage during this week will provide a real boost for our work and the brilliance of our players (and tutors), and we look forward to NCO orchestras moving centre stage with thousands of new fans who are sure to be astounded by the exceptional talent on display.”

Classic FM presenter Aled Jones, who will be hosting the station’s morning show throughout NCO Week, added: “All of us at Classic FM care deeply about nurturing and promoting the next generation of musical talent. I can’t wait to shine the spotlight on these brilliant young musicians and I’m looking forward to hearing many of them interview professional performers, who were also once members of the NCO.”

NCO Week on Classic FM aims to raise awareness of the Orchestras, reaching new fans, and potential members. It coincides with tickets going on sale for NCO’s summer concert programme, the launch of a new NCO-GB website ( and the opening of audition applications for a place in one of the 2017 orchestras.

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