Northern Chamber Orchestra

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The Northern Chamber Orchestra (or NCO) is a chamber orchestra based in Manchester, England. Established in 1967, the orchestra gives concerts at Heritage Centre, Macclesfield and The Stoller Hall, Manchester as well as a Christmas concert at Tatton Park, Knutsford and one off engagements around the country. They are also currently the resident orchestra for the Buxton Festival.

As of the 2010-2011 season, the orchestra contains 19 musicians. Diana Cummings was leader and soloist of the NCO for 10 years from 1975 to 1985. Since 1984, the orchestra's musical director and leader has been the violinist Nicholas Ward.

The orchestra has recorded commercially for the Naxos label, including works by composers such as Joseph Haydn,[1] Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart[2] and Georg Philipp Telemann.


  1. ^ "Haydn Symphonies - No. 22 in E flat, "Philosopher"; No. 29 in E; No. 60 in C, "II distratto". Northern Chamber Orchestra / Nicholas Ward. Naxos © 8 550724". Gramophone: 46. June 1995. Archived from the original on 2010-12-30. Retrieved 2010-12-04.
  2. ^ "Mozart Symphonies. Northern Chamber Orchestra / Nicholas Ward". Gramophone: 88. December 1995. Retrieved 2010-12-04.

External links

  • Official Northern Chamber Orchestra website
  • Naxos Records profile of the NCO
  • East Riding of Yorkshire Council, 16 September 2008, information on £3,750 grant from Orchestras Live
  • Royal Academy of Music biography of Diana Cummings
  • Musicweb International website review of Naxos 8.554019, Telemann, Don Quixote Suite

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