ALL ABOUT US“What the National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain offers our musical youth isunrivalled in the UK. Whether working with a seven-year-old, new to the excitementof ensemble playing, or with a 13-year-old, desperate for new musical challenges– the NCO provides a unique orchestral experience. Not only do children gainaccess to the very best level of tuition and performance opportunities, they also findthemselves in the company of other children who share the same passions as them.The perfect mix of fun, friendship and phenomenal playing!” Sir Simon Rattle CBE We have five orchestras: The NCO offers talented young musicians aged Main Orchestra 7-13, from all over the UK, unbeatable orchestral Under 13 Orchestra training and performance opportunities – this is Under 12 Orchestra your chance to be a part of it! Under 11 Orchestra Training Orchestra (strings only) Our residential courses combine exceptional musical tuition with a great deal of fun. Each course culminates in a concert where you can show off your skills. It’s amazing what you can learn on an NCO course – the There will be plenty of social tutors who guide you through are the very best in the staff with you every step of country, coming from conservatoires, specialist music the way to ensure your NCO schools and leading national orchestras such as the journey is filled with fun, and a Philharmonia Orchestra and the BBC National Orchestra medically qualified nurse to look of Wales. after you too. We also offer Regional Orchestras for members of the NCO. Held monthly in four regions across the country, these meetings are a brilliant chance for members of all ages to meet up with other young musicians from their area before the residential courses.To become a member of the NCO you mustapply to audition. All children aged 7-13 on31 December 2012 are eligible to apply for aplace in one of our 2013 Orchestras. You don’tneed to choose which, if you’re successful we’llplace you in the most appropriate Orchestra.
EVENTS IN 2013 Here are the exciting events you will be involved in if you become a member. Please make sure you’re free for the dates which apply to your age group (age on 31 December 2012) – in most cases this is the Orchestra you’ll be placed in if you’re successful at audition. A MAIN ORCHESTRPort Regis, Dorset ››NCO TIMETABLE 29 Mar–6 Apr Spring residential course: 6 Apr Leicester Spring concert: De Montfort Hall, 19–27 Jul ge, Berkshire Summer residential course: Wellington Colle 27 Jul Summer concert: The Barbican, London 31 Aug Hall Birmingham Special gala concert: Symphony 7–8 Dec Powell House, London Winte r non-residential course: Baden 8 Dec Winter concert: Royal Festival Hall, London UNDER 13 ORCHESTRA ol for Girls, Dorset Sherborne Scho 30 Mar–7 Apr Spring residential course: 7 Apr gstoke Spring concert: The Anvil, Basin 9–17 Aug ergh School, Cumbria Summer residential course: Sedb 17 Aug Summ er concert: Leeds Town Hall 31 Aug Hall Birmingham Special gala concert: Symphony 7–8 Dec Henry Wood Hall, London Winter non-residential course: 8 Dec Hall, London Winter concert: Royal Festival UNDER 12 ORCHESTRA l course for the Under a special additional Spring residentia This year the NCO is introducing you to let us know in advance. Also to attend – we just ask 12s. The course will be optional for the Orchestra in summer. new for 2013 is a public concert 7–12 Apr Regis, Dorset Spring residential course: Port 17–24 Aug gham, Rutland Summer residential course: Uppin 24 Aug Summer concert: Town Hall Birmingham 31 Aug Hall Birmingham Special gala concert: Symphony UNDER 11 ORCHESTRA , Dorset e: Port Regis 23–30 Aug Summer residential cours 31 Aug Hall Birmingham Special gala concert: Symphony TRAINING ORCHESTRA Academy, Wiltshire e: Wellington 23–30 Aug Summer residential cours 31 Aug Hall Birmingham Special gala concert: Symphony the right to cancel any course. ficient numbers the NCO reserves In the event that there are insuf The Under 12 Orchestra will perform a concert for family and friends at the course venue, on the last day of their Spring course. In summer, Training and Under 11 Orchestra will do the same. All five Orchestras will perform together at Symphony Hall Birmingham on 31 August to celebrate the NCO’s 35th anniversary.
THE AUDITIONSMost people get nervous about auditions, but there’s no need to worry. Remember,everyone else is in the same boat – everybody has to audition for a place each year, evenif they have been a member of the NCO before. A big part of the NCO experience isabout enjoyment, and we want that to happen right from the start, at the audition. How much does it cost to audition? This year we have a special rate of just £10, thanks to support from Youth Music. What do I have to prepare? Two pieces of music, up to five minutes each, which contrast in speed and style. What else will I have to play? What, no scales? There are two short pieces of sight reading. No. No scales, no singing and no aural tests. How long will my audition last? Usually up to 15 minutes. Harpists and percussionists are given extra time for setting up, so their auditions last up to 30 minutes. Do I audition for a specific Orchestra? No. Our Principal Director of Music decides who is given a place in which Orchestra, based on your ability and where you would best fit in. Can I audition on piano? Can I audition on more than one instrument? No, only on an orchestral instrument. Yes, but please submit an application form for each. Please visit our website if you’re If the auditions are on the same date and at the same unsure which these are. venue the charge is £5 per additional instrument. How good do I have to be? It depends on how old you are. You don’t have to have taken any grades, but here are some examples of music each Orchestra played recently (which you can watch on our website or YouTube channel) to give you an idea of the standard. Main Orchestra: Under 13 Orchestra: Bernstein, West Side Story Shostakovich, Symphony No. 5 Under 12 Orchestra: Under 11 Orchestra: Training Orchestra: Arnold, Peterloo Bizet, Farandole Strauss, Pizzicato PolkaTo check out standards of each Orchestra by instrument take a look at the grades list on our website.Trombone and tuba players should be able to read bass clef; percussionists should be able to play tunedpercussion, timpani and snare drum.
ACCESS FOR ALLFees & FundingWe aim to make joining the NCO as easy as possible for everyone, irrespective of financialcircumstances.BursariesFor those most in need, we offer a range of bursaries, to help meet the costs of joining theNCO and travelling to courses and concerts. The bursaries operate on a sliding scale. Anyhousehold with an annual income of up to £56,000 is eligible to apply for a bursary, subsidisingpart of your membership fee. For households with an income of less than £28,000 we canoffer you a full bursary to meet the entire cost.We send bursary application forms with offer letters following the auditions, which explain howto apply in more detail. Further details can be found on our website.ScholarshipsThrough the generosity of the Leverhulme Trust, we arealso able to provide 20 scholarships each year. Youcan’t apply for these scholarships; they are awardedat the discretion of the Principal Director of Music torecognise outstanding performance at audition.Membership FeesThe annual membership fee you pay depends onthe Orchestra you are invited to join, and covers allyour course expenses:• For the 2012 Orchestras the course fees were £765 for the three younger Orchestras and £1495 for Under 13 and Main Orchestra.• We hope to keep these rates the same or similar for the 2013 Orchestras and can promise that any increase will not be higher than the retail price index (RPI). We will confirm the exact cost if you are offered a place.• The cost of Under 12 Orchestra membership will rise proportionately if you decide to take part in the additional Spring course.Through fundraising activities, the NCO subsidisesall places to make them more affordable for you– the fees are only about half of what it actuallycosts. Photos: Dwayne Senior, Alex von Koettlitz and John Mitchell
APPLICATION FORM PLEASE USE BLOCK CAPITALSFirst name _________________________________________________________ Surname___________________________________________________________Gender______________________________________________________________ Date of birthAge on 31 December 2012 Years MonthsInstrument for audition___________________________________________ Approximate standard___________________________________________Address______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Postcode_ _________________________________________________________Telephone number________________________________________________ Mobile number____________________________________________________Email addressWhich audition venue do you wish to attend? Please provide a second choice.1st choice__________________________________________________________ 2nd choice_ _______________________________________________________Preferred time of day (approximate and not guaranteed) _____________________________________________________________________________Instrumental teacher’s name_ ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________Teacher’s address__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Postcode_ _________________________________________________________Telephone number________________________________________________ Mobile number____________________________________________________Email addressTeachers: if you want pupils to have adjacent auditions, please send applications together, with an explanatory note.Do you play any other instruments?______________________________________________________________________ Approximate standard_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Approximate standard_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Approximate standard___________________________________________Where did you get this application form from?__________________________________________________________________________________________If you are applying for the first time – where did you hear about the NCO? (please tick) Instrumental teacher School Family/friend/relative Other NYMO (please specify) Website (please specify) Advert (please specify) Article (please specify) Music service (please specify) Other (please specify)Specify_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Application form continued – please turn over
APPLICATION FORMThe NCO’s work is generously supported by various funders, including Youth Music, who require some anonymousbackground data. The following information is collected for statistical purposes only and will not impact on your child’sparticipation in the NCO.Name of school attended _ ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ _What type of school is this? (please tick) State school State-maintained specialist music school / performing arts college etc. Independent school Independent music school Home school Other (please specify)__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Do you receive a scholarship for your full time education? Yes NoDo you board? Yes NoWhich local authority do you live in?______________________________________________________________________________________________________Do you receive musical tuition from any of the following sectors? (please tick all which apply) Private Music services Centres for advanced training (CATs, eg junior music departments) State schoolEthnicity (please tick)White White & Asian Black or Black British White British Other mixed background Caribbean White Irish Asian or Asian British African Other White background Indian Other Black backgroundMixed Pakistani Chinese or other ethnic groups White & Black Caribbean Bangladeshi Chinese White & Black African Other Asian background Other ethnic groupDo you consider yourself to have a disability? Yes NoIf yes, please specify________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Completed forms and cheques (made payable to ‘NCO’) should be sent to:Geraldine Jones, Auditions, NCO-GB, 57 Buckingham Road, Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, BS24 9BG Please ensure you include the following: Completed application form (one for each instrument) Audition fee*: £10 plus £5 per additional instrument (cheques should be made payable to ‘NCO’) Signature of parent / guardian below.Signature of parent / guardian____________________________________________________________ Date_________________________________________Title (Mr/Mrs/etc)________________________ First name__________________________________ Surname________________________________________* Non-refundable once an audition place has been booked.The information you have supplied on this form will be stored on our databaseand will be subject to the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1984.