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OPPORTUNITY: Harpists at last year's event
OPPORTUNITY: Harpists at last year's event


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ARE you a musical maestro of the future?

Could you be the next Nigel Kennedy or Vanessa Mae?

Well, your chance to shine may just have arrived thanks to an orchestra which is coming to the North east next month.

The National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain (NCO) will be making some noise on Sunday, July 24.

It will be leading an event called Access2Orchestra which is completely free and open to anyone who thinks they have talents with an instrument.

So, violinists to percussionists and harpists to oboists should get along to the Royal Grammar School in Newcastle for a fun-filled day that will give them a chance to meet other young musicians, rehearse music together and even perform in a full orchestral concert at the end of the day.

Events manager, Lindy Scudder said: “Access2Orchestra really does provide an incredible opportunity for young musicians. Not only can they play until their hearts’ content, they get to do so alongside some of the best young players in Britain, from the NCO.

“There will also be phenomenal tutors on hand every step of the way to help guide the children and make sure they get as much out of the day as possible. We can’t wait to come back to Newcastle and shine the spotlight on all of its very talented youngsters.”

Children aged six to 12 can join in. There is no cost and no need to audition.

All children who play an instrument at a Grade 3-8 standard are welcome to attend.

The National Children’s Orchestra holds nationwide auditions every year to find people for its five age-banded orchestras.

Last year saw a record number of children, over 900 hopefuls, audition for a place in the NCO’s 2011 orchestras, with over 480 being successful.

Places for Access2Orchestra are completely free but, due to the huge level of response, they must be booked through Lindy Scudder, before June 20.

Booking forms can be downloaded from the NCO website, at or requested by contacting Lindy on 01934 418855, emailing, or writing to 57 Buckingham Road, Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, BS24 9BG.