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Music scholars star in Britain’s top children’s orchestra

Two of The King’s School’s talented young music scholars performed for the National Children’s Orchestra (NCO) in Manchester’s 2,300-capacity Bridgewater Hall last month. 

Following a residential course in Lancashire, Tommy David (Re, Meister Omers) featured on Trombone while double bassist Theo Outram (Re, Marlowe) was chosen to accompany acclaimed young saxophonist Jess Gillam.

Ms Gillam was a finalist in the BBC’s Young Musician of the Year competition in 2016 and this year, at the age of 20, became the youngest saxophonist ever to reach No. 1 in the UK Classical Chart.

The NCO holds a highly competitive audition process every autumn, and those accepted are offered places on residential courses across the country with the aim of nurturing their musical talent and enthusiasm.

Tommy has been with the orchestra for the last three years and has appeared in concerts in London, Leeds and Birmingham in addition to this summer’s performance in the North West.

Both Remove boys have thrown themselves into the many musical opportunities on offer at King’s and receive dedicated support from our director of music, Will Bersey.

We are extremely proud of both boys, and particularly congratulate them on their parts in the very challenging performance of Mahler’s great Symphony No. 1 that evening.