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Making music magical – Leeds to welcome back UK’s brightest young musicians this August!


A hundred-strong orchestra of the country’s finest young musicians is gearing up for its upcoming performance at Leeds Town Hall on Saturday 13 August – all of them thirteen years of age or younger!

National Children’s Orchestras of Great Britain performances are a regular feature at Leeds Town Hall, and the Under 13 Orchestra members are determined to impress audiences yet again.

“This is my fourth year playing with NCO, and I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience, both musically and socially. My playing has improved tremendously,” comments Peter Stobart, an eleven year old percussionist from Halifax. “I am really looking forward to playing at Leeds Town Hall in August, as it is really close to my home!”

The young musicians will spend just over a week rehearsing together at Sedbergh School, in Cumbria, before its performance in Leeds. The musicians will have eight days together at the school where they will enjoy a combination of rehearsals and recreation. The school has stunning grounds for the children to have fun and relax in when they are not rehearsing.

The performance is guaranteed to delight and inspire audiences of all ages. The children’s enthusiasm matches that of NCO’s Artistic Director and Principal Conductor, Roger Clarkson: “We cannot wait to deliver another triumphant concert in Leeds. When you hear this Orchestra perform you are guaranteed to be inspired by the passion and commitment of our young musicians. Close your eyes and I guarantee you will forget you are listening to an Orchestra made up of players aged thirteen years of age and younger!”

Its performance is guaranteed to delight and inspire music lovers of all ages. Audience members can expect to witness a variety of stirring classical pieces including Saint-Saëns spine-tingling Danse Macabre, Strauss Jnr’s Overture to Die Fledermaus and Borodin’s descriptive In the Steppes of Central Asia.

Jessica Ellis - a twelve year old oboe player from Manchester - cannot wait to perform again with the NCO. She says: “I’m really excited about performing at Leeds Town Hall. I love being a part of the NCO. I've made some great friends who all share my passion for music. It's wonderful that we can showcase our talents at such exciting venues across the UK.”

Founded in 1978, the National Children's Orchestras has performed in some of the world's most prestigious venues and locations, including the Royal Albert Hall in London and the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing. Its performances are renowned for their intensity, vivacity and commitment – but above all for their professionalism.

Tickets to see the National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain: Under 13 Orchestra at Leeds Town Hall are priced at £22, £18, £15 (concessions available) and are available from the Box Office on 0113 376 0318 or book online at


Bassoonists - Bill Hiskett