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Louise Mitchell appointed as the National Children’s Orchestras Chair of Trustees

National Children’s Orchestras (NCO), the music charity that inspires young musicians aged 7 to 14 years old to achieve their full potential through orchestral performance, has announced our Chief Executive Louise Mitchell as its new Chair of Trustees.

Louise joins National Children’s Orchestras board of Trustees at a time when the charity is embarking on an ambitious new strategy to increase diversity and embed wellbeing, creativity and child voice across its orchestral training programme. She will also play a key role in the charity’s relocation to Bristol in 2020 as it seeks to develop partnerships and networks with Bristol’s thriving education and arts sectors and beyond.

Founded in 1978 by Vivienne Price and in response to a gap in provision for younger players to experience orchestral performance at a national level, today NCO consists of 11 national and regional symphony orchestras made up of 703 remarkable young musicians. The charity’s bursary fund enables over 100 children each year to participate in residencies and performances. In 2020 NCO’s orchestras will perform at some of the UK’s finest concert halls including Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, Queen Elizabeth Hall at London’s Southbank Centre and Town Hall Birmingham.

Louise Mitchell said:

“I’m so pleased to be joining National Children’s Orchestras at this crucial time for the organisation. I’ve been impressed with their reach and clear ambition to inspire young musicians and I can really see how the organisation adds value to the local and national music education scene. I look forward to doing everything I can to support Managing Director Sophie Lewis and the rest of the senior leadership team.”

Louise takes over from Interim Chair, Janet Baker who said:

“The recruitment of Louise is an incredibly positive story for NCO. Louise is an active and committed champion of classical music in the UK, and the success she and her team are making of running the music education hub in Bristol is exciting to see. I know I’m leaving the organisation in safe hands.”

We’d like to congratulate Louise on her new position as the Chair of Trustees for this inspirational organisation that mirrors Bristol Music Trust’s own ambitions.