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Sun 14 Apr 2024


National Children's Orchestra of Great Britain

Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra Concert

Beacon Hall

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An orchestra of young people stand after a performance

Bringing together young musicians from across the United Kingdom; National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain (NCO) and Bristol Beacon are delighted to be working together for this concert – to share the joy of music and ensemble playing with musicians from Bristol and beyond!

At just 13 and 14 years old, the young musicians of National Children’s Orchestras’ Main Orchestra are some of the UK’s most remarkable young musicians, and their creativity, skill, resilience, determination and flair is truly impressive.

This concert is a showcase of Main Orchestra’s hard work during their week-long spring residential of rehearsals, artist workshops, creative work and wellbeing session. The concert will also, for the first time, bring together an NCO orchestra with an ensemble of 35 young musicians from Bristol Beacon for a special side-by-side performance, introducing the makeup of a symphony orchestra through the performance of Benjamin Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra.

NCO’s concerts are for everyone. Join us to discover the joy and energy that can only be experienced in the presence of a wonderful children’s orchestra and be part of supporting the next generation of musicians.

Presented by National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain

Format: Reserved seating
Age: All ages, babes in arms included

Andy Morley Conductor
National Children’s Orchestra – Main Orchestra
Bristol Beacon Ensembles



Benjamin Britten The Young People’s Guide to the Orchestra
Modest Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition
Randy Newman Arr. Kristina Arakelyan You’ve Got A Friend In Me from Toy Story
Teresa Carreño (arr. Rachel Wick) Mi Teresita
John Williams Nimbus 2000 from Harry Potter
Paul Dukas Fanfare La Peri
Ed Arngeziano Stinkin’ Garbage
Pérez Prado Que Rico Mambo


Performance times

Doors: 15.30

All timings are approximate and subject to change

“If it wasn’t for NCO I don’t know where I would be now!”

– National NCO Member, age 13

About Beacon Hall

Our new flagship venue at Bristol Beacon

The venue

Beacon Hall

at Bristol Beacon

Getting to the venue

Location: Beacon Hall is located within Bristol Beacon. Head to Level 1 and follow signs to find the auditorium.

Address: Bristol Beacon, Trenchard Street, Bristol, BS1 5AR


Bicycle racks can be found in front of the main entrance on Trenchard Street, Colston Street, and on the city centre promenade. Find your nearest cycle routes using Cycle Planner.

Car parking

Trenchard Street multi-storey car park is 200m away, directly behind Bristol Beacon.

  Bristol Clean Air Zone

Bristol Beacon is inside the Bristol Clean Air Zone. Check if your vehicle will be charged and how much you’ll have to pay.


Most bus services stop in and around the city centre promenade, 250m from Bristol Beacon.

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Spaces for wheelchair users are in:

  • row S in the centre of the rear Stalls (10 spaces)
  • row Z in the left and right wings at the back of Lower Tier (4 spaces, 2 on each side),
  • rows G/H on the left only at the back of Upper Tier (2 spaces)

Assistance Dogs

Assistance dogs and emotional support animals are allowed in the performance space. Seats in row F are most suitable. If you prefer, you can leave your animal with a member of staff during the performance.

Hearing Facility

A Sennheiser MobileConnect assistive listening system is installed in the venue. Download the free App and use your own mobile device and headphones to listen to the performance. (Devices are available on request.)

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