Louise Mitchell to chair children’s orchestras

Bristol Music Trust’s CEO Louise Mitchell is to chair the National Children’s Orchestras, the NCO announced today.

She succeeds interim chair Janet Baker, who described the recruitment as “an incredibly positive story for the NCO", which is starting a new strategy to increase diversity, well-being, creativity and singing across its orchestral learning programme.

“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” said Mitchell, who, as head of the BMT, manages Colston Hall in Bristol which is currently undergoing a £48.8m transformation which will culminate in a name change to after Edward Colston after whom the hall was named was identified as a 19th century slave trader.

The NCO, a charity, was founded in 1978 by the late Vivienne Price, a violin teacher, to help seven-to-14-year-olds achieve their potential through orchestral performance. There are now 11 NCO orchestras around the UK made up from 703 young musicians. Its president is Sir Simon Rattle.

Louise Mitchell profile at https://www.artsindustry.co.uk/feature/1223-solving-bristol-s-50m-colston-dilemma


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