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Melissa Bradshaw

National Children’s Orchestras of Great Britain announces 2020 season

12:16, 18th February 2020

The National Children’s Orchestras (NCO) of Great Britain has announced its 2020 season.

Throughout the year, the season will include collaborations with acclaimed conductors and creative producers, as well as a partnership with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and support from media partner Classic FM and supporter ABRSM.

Highlights include:

  • NCO’s Main Orchestra performs at Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts for a celebration of Pure Indulgence (Sunday 12 April) conducted by Jonathan Bloxham, featuring Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier Suite and Ravel’s La Valse
  • The Under 13 Orchestra performs a dance-inspired programme, Movin’ & Shakin’ at The Anvil, Basingstoke (Saturday 18 April) conducted by Natalia Luis-Bassa, featuring Marquez’s Conga del Fuego Nuevo alongside favourites from Bernstein’s West Side Story and Borodin’s Polovstian Dances
  • A Romeo and Juliet inspired concert performed by the NCO Main Orchestra at The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester (Sunday 2 August) conducted by Alpesh Chauhan, principal conductor of the Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini, Parma
  • The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra hosts young musicians from the Under 13 Orchestra for an interactive session, allowing children to refine their ensemble and listening skills, musical characterisation, physicality and musical communication
  • NCO introduces Virtual Hangouts to its residencies, allowing its musicians the opportunity to take part in digital Q&A sessions with key figures in the industry. Visiting artist Catrin Finch will spend time with the young harpists over several days in April
  • A winter concert to close the season at Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, London (Sunday 6 December) which will see the NCO Main Orchestra perform works by Varèse and Prokofiev under the baton of Jonathan Bloxham

‘Creating the artistic year at NCO is such a joy,’ says artistic and educational director Catherine Arlidge MBE. ‘Children come to NCO for experiences they cannot find elsewhere and they are hungry to perform the ambitious music in the programme.

‘Throughout 2020 we will focus on the individuality of the children in Surround Sound, our creative music workshops, and through our team of specialist wellness practitioners, we will support their physical and emotional wellbeing. With over 700 children aged 7 to 14 years old in membership this year, there are many voices to be heard and we are ready to listen.’

www.nco.org.uk

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