National Children’s Orchestras are coming to the Guild Hall this Summer

Posted on - 13th July, 2016 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - City Centre, Music, Preston City Centre, What's On in Preston

Delnavaz Martin_by Bill Hiskett

Preston is welcoming the UK’s most talented young musicians who will perform their stunning classical programme at Preston Guild Hall on Saturday 30 July at 7pm.

The National Children’s Orchestra, a hundred-strong group with all members aged 14 years or below, are set to take to the stage later this month to deliver its ‘Main Orchestra Summer Concert’.

This talented group, founded in 1978, have performed in some of the world’s most prestigious venues, including the Royal Albert Hall in London and the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing.

In preparation the young musicians will partake in eight days of rehearsals at Rossall School, Lancashire, exploring material from their latest repertoire with the support of top class music tutors and pastoral care staff.

NCO Guest Conductor, Natalia Luis-Bassa, said: “Working with the vibrant and highly talented young musicians of the NCO is always a highlight of my year!

“Come along and experience the extraordinary talents of these incredible musicians.”

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The NCO performances are renowned for their intensity, vivacity and commitment – but above all for their professionalism.

Hoping to inspire music lovers of all ages, the programme will include a variety of stirring classical pieces, such as Ravel’s arrangement of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, Bernstein’s Overture to Candide and Márquez’s ferocious Conga del Fuego Nuevo.

NCO Main Orchestra_Bill Hiskett

Photo by Bill Hiskett

Delnavaz Martin, a 14-year-old viola player from North Yorkshire, cannot wait to perform again with the NCO.

She said: “Being a part of the NCO for the last three years has been an incredibly enriching experience.

“The programme is exciting, but challenging. I have no doubt we will rise to the occasion with the guidance of our Guest Conductor, Natalia Luis-Bassa.”

The price of tickets ranges from £5.00 (child ticket) to £22.00 (top price adult ticket) excluding booking fees. Group booking offers and special discounts are also available.

Tickets can be purchased online at or telephone the Box Office on 01772 804444.

Are you going to watch the NCO? Have you been to the Guild Hall recently? Let us know in the comments below

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