The National Children's Orchestra (NCO) has received bursaries from the Trust since 2005 which support highly talented young musicians, and its annual graduation ceremony for their 20 Leverhulme Scholars was held at the Royal College of Music on Saturday, 20 March 2010. The NCO operates five age-banded orchestras for children aged between 7 and 13 years. Each year, almost 500 young musicians from all over the UK are drawn together and divided into these five age-banded orchestras. The eldest group - the Main Orchestra - is one of the world's finest children's orchestras.
The Trust is pleased to support this unique organisation which offers talented children the opportunity to play in a full symphony orchestra. The photograph shows nineteen of the graduating Leverhulme Scholars, the twentieth having to leave the ceremony early; she had just heard that she had progressed to the next round of a competition, and would be performing that evening!