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Southern Sinfonia regional orchestra based in Newbury, with musicians, soloists and conductors of national and international renown, performing classical music for audiences all over the south of England. The Sinfonia also makes music accessible to wider audiences through its educational and community work and its concerts in informal settings.

With repertoire ranging from classical to light and TV music, the BBC Concert Orchestra was formed in 1952 and has close links with BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 3, it is well known for its weekly Radio 2 show Friday Night is Music Night, which has been running for 45 years.

The London Symphony Orchestra continues to build a formidable reputation, attracting the world's top performers, touring the world, initiating ground-breaking and original education and access projects and playing to large audiences in the UK and abroad.

The National Association of Youth Orchestras was formed in 1961 in order to represent youth orchestras throughout the UK and to foster their development. Its membership is open to all such organisations including student orchestras, chamber orchestras, symphonic, wind and jazz orchestras and chamber music ensembles, whether independent or under the control of local authorities or music services.

The National Children's Orchestra gives talented children the chance to play in a full symphony orchestra. Our week-long residential courses are stimulating, educational and great fun. Members enjoy performing in concerts up and down the country.

The BBC National Orchestra of Wales occupies a very special role as both a national and broadcasting orchestra, recognised not only for the quality of its performances but also for its importance within its own community.

The National Schools Symphony Orchestra was born in Suffolk, making its debut in the county's great musical centre, The Maltings Concert Hall, Snape in 1994. The Orchestra meets a real need in the complex pattern of music education for young people.

The National Symphony Orchestra of London, "one of the finest and most versatile orchestra in the world".

The National Youth Orchestra is one of the world's finest youth orchestras which draws together each year over 150 talented musicians, aged between of 13 and 19 years, from all over the UK. Each member of the orchestra has one thing in common - a passion and commitment to the study and performance of great music.

The work of The National Youth Orchestras of Scotland is extensive. NYOS provides top class music education and performance experience for young musicians throughout Scotland.

The National Youth Jazz Orchestra is well-known throughout the world as a glittering show-case for the country's best young musicians. During the orchestra's 30 year history most of the rising generation of jazz musicians have passed through its ranks, often becoming established jazz stars whilst still playing with NYJO. One of NYJO's aims is to share the talents of these exciting young players with as wide an audience as possible.

The National Youth Orchestra of Wales has the distinction of being the first national youth orchestra in the world. It combines traditional expectations with a contemporary outlook, develops a first-class training experience into performances that are full of energy and passion, and is not afraid to challenge audiences with a repertoire that is bold and adventurous.

The BBC Philharmonic Orchestra can boast one of the most extensive repertoires of any orchestra in the world.

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra is Scotland's national symphony orchestra. Based in Glasgow, the Orchestra tours to Edinburgh, Dundee and Aberdeen throughout the year, as well as making regular appearances elsewhere in Scotland, the UK and abroad.

Originally formed in 1935 as the BBC Scottish Orchestra, The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra is now one of the pillars of Scottish musical life.

The BBC Symphony Orchestra was founded by Adrian Boult in 1930 as London's first permanent orchestra. Since then, its impressive roll-call of Chief Conductors has included Antal Dorati, Pierre Boulez, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Sir Colin Davis and Sir John Pritchard.

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