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Olly - young tuba player accepted for NCO
Olly - young tuba player accepted for NCO

Olly Douglas from Greetham is to play with one of the world’s finest children’s orchestras, the National Children’s Orchestras of Great Britain (NCO) for the second year running.

Olly, who has played the tuba for 2.5 years, auditioned for the NCO this October and has been selected to play with the Under 11s orchestra 2016.

He has previously been a member of the first ever Under 10s NCO orchestra.

Olly is thrilled about winning a place with the orchestra once again this year.

He said “I’m really proud to be chosen to be in the National Children’s Orchestra again.

“Last year was so brilliant, my playing really improved and it was so nice to meet other children who love music like me!

“I’m also very grateful to Arts for Rutland who sponsored me last year.”

This year the NCO auditioned a staggering number of talented youngsters.

A record number of applications this year meant that a record number of more than 1,130 children, aged from 7-13 years, tried out for a coveted place in one of their six age-banded orchestras – making Olly’splace all the more special.

Instrumentalists who win a place with the NCO will attend exciting residential courses.

The tutors for these courses are drawn from major national orchestras, specialist music schools and conservatoires – giving members access to the highest standard of tuition the UK has to offer.

Members are also given the chance to show audiences just what can be achieved when passion and talent combine. Each course culminates in a performance, with the senior NCO orchestras, main and Under 13s, performing at prestigious venues across the country.

The main orchestra will perform at Colston Hall, Bristol; Preston Guild Hall and the Barbican.

The Under 13s orchestra will play at The Anvil, Basingstoke; Leeds Town Hall and the Barbican.

In 2015, the NCO was thrilled to welcome back another ex-member, and vice-president, Nicola Benedetti – one of the UK’s most creative and innovative violinists – as guest soloist for a very special concert at Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall.

Benedetti invited along her colleague, esteemed trumpeter Wynton Marsalis to also perform with the children.

It was a fantastic experience for all involved and another example of the unbeatable opportunities the NCO offers its young players.

Auditions for a place in one of the NCO’s 2016 orchestras are now closed, but will reopen for 2017 in June.

Talent is the only criterion for winning a place and full bursaries are available, so no child or parent should be deterred from auditioning due to financial concerns.

To audition, instrumentalists must submit an application form, available June 2016.

For more information about the NCO visit www.nco.org.uk, or phone 01934 41 88 55.

Olly was generously sponsored last year by the Arts for Rutland Project Fund who support local people to further their work in the arts.

He attends Exton and Greetham CE Primary - Rutland’s only school to hold the platinum Sing Up Award - who have also been very supportive, allowing him to fully embrace his musical talents.

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