At the young age of 12, Emily Barron, a Senior I pupil from St Columba’s School in Kilmacolm, recently successfully auditioned for the prestigious National Children’s Orchestra (NCO) of Great Britain.

Emily is the first pupil from St Columba’s School to gain a place in the prestigious National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain.

The National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain inspires children and young people to achieve their full potential through learning, performing and creating orchestral music.

Photo: Emily Barron

Every autumn, NCO auditions over a thousand 7-14 year olds and identifies 600 young musicians to form 11 orchestras: five age-banded national symphony orchestras and six symphonic mixed-age regional orchestras.

As part of the NCO of Great Britain Emily will attend 2 residential courses (a Spring Residential held at Port Regis School in Dorset from 7th-14th April and a Summer Residential at Rossall School, Lancashire from 11th-18th August), culminating in a concert at Birmingham Town Hall on 18th August 2019.

Having played the clarinet since the age of seven, Emily also plays the saxophone and piano. In addition to her NCO success, Emily has also been offered places in both the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland and the National Youth Choir of Scotland Girls’ Training Choir.

St Columba’s School is well represented in the NYOS Senior Orchestra, which brings together the best young musicians in Scotland, with Senior VI pupils Rory MacLean and Hannah Findlater invited to take part this year. Rory and Hannah have both also successfully auditioned for West of Scotland Schools’ Symphony Orchestra and Concert Band.

Photo: Rory and Hannah

Senior V pupil, Isla Macpherson (clarinet), Senior I pupils Sasha Charter, Emily Barron (both clarinet) and Callum Hendry (bassoon) will represent the School this year also.

Photo: Isla, Sasha, Emily and Callum

Mrs Angus, Rector at St Columba’s, said: “We place great value on music in the curriculum at St Columba’s School, whilst also offering a wide range of extra-curricular musical opportunities.

“We are very proud of our history of musical excellence and see it as a vital part of our educational provision. We aim to give all children the opportunity to perform and participate fully in musical activities in the classroom and beyond, whilst encouraging a life-long appreciation.

“I am delighted to see that the dedication, hard work and commitment from Emily, and many of our talented musicians, has been recognised at a national level. We are immensely proud of their achievements.”