NCO auditions for 2014

(39 Posts)
GampyWabbit Tue 08-Oct-13 13:14:13


Are any of your dcs doing an audition for the National Children's orchestra this month?

Dd (9) is trying for the under 11s orchestra. It is her first audition and she is violinist.

She is desperate to get in and I am hoping for the best for her! smile

GampyWabbit Fri 06-Dec-13 23:34:02

Yay, well done to him!

Any info about the regional rehearsals and residential course would be greatly appreciated!

maggiethecat Sun 08-Dec-13 21:56:31

Darkhorse, I imagine that you attended the concert, how was it? The excerpt that I heard (Sibellius) sounded amazing!

DarkHorse2013 Mon 09-Dec-13 00:14:17

Only just got home, and the concert was amazing, hard to believe they are all so young and yet produce that standard of music! Sounds like they all had a wonderful weekend too - now we just need a good week with a nice YES for Main - fingers crossed......

maggiethecat Mon 09-Dec-13 01:03:09

Definitely fingers (and toes) crossed for you! Dd played in another orchestra and they played Finlandia this year and while it was haunting, joyful, rousing etc, the excerpt of the NCO version on the website sounded AMAZING.
Agree -it is difficult to remember how young these children are.
Glad you enjoyed it, shame we do not live down south anymore or else I would have been at southbank.

Grayt1234 Mon 09-Dec-13 11:43:00

Do you know if all under 11s letters went out last week? My dd auditioned and we haven't heard anything yet. She's 9. Hope this doesn't mean it's bad news...

maggiethecat Mon 09-Dec-13 11:51:56

don't know but would think it depends on post - we got ours on saturday morning so your letter could be on its way this morning if you haven't already got your post today.
good luck!

Grayt1234 Mon 09-Dec-13 13:00:22

Thanks, maggiethecat! Nothing in today's post so fingers crossed for tomorrow.

GampyWabbit Mon 09-Dec-13 14:14:55

We got our offer for under 11 on Friday, but others at our music school (who are more advanced than dd, hadn't yet heard). Hopefully tomorrow will bring good news for you.

Lilly2013 Thu 11-Dec-14 00:49:08

My daughter auditioned for the first time and got into the under 10 Orchestra. Can you do the course and be non residential?

Wafflenose Fri 12-Dec-14 12:13:11

The FAQs on the website say no, as a rule. But they will consider it in the case of complex medical issues or similar.

My DD will be there. Nearer the time, we could get them to look out for each other, if that will be helpful?

janet41 Mon 15-Dec-14 08:53:51

Lilly - dd also under 10s and happy to join up. Wafflenose - I think you are I SW from you other posts re swms? We spend most of the holidays in Devon (near exeter)if you ever want a coffee meet up ahead of the summer

Wafflenose Mon 15-Dec-14 14:34:35

Excellent janet - I will message you.

musicjane Mon 22-Dec-14 14:19:21

It is the most fabulous experience...My son played in it last year and has got an under 11s place this year too (Clarinets). I was really worried about how he would cope with the course but they employ fabulous social staff (ex NCO players) and it is so well organised there is really no need to worry. Also it is possible you can meet some other course members if you do the regional orchestras which re monthly and the most amazing experience. You can agree to have your name on lists so that you know who else is going on the course your child is attending and can make contact with anyone local to you before hand and arrange play dates etc. Enjoy your NCO journey. It is the experience ever for musical children!

musicjane Mon 22-Dec-14 14:22:44

Gampy..>Where are you based? Just wondering if your daughter will be in our regionals? We do South Westerlies.

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