Children orchestra move ‘put on hold’

PUBLISHED: 09:00 26 June 2014

The orchestra will be staying in Weston.

The orchestra will be staying in Weston.

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A NATIONALLY renowned youth orchestra has shelved plans to abandon its headquarters in Weston and move to the Midlands instead.

The National Children’s Orchestra (NCO), which has offices in Buckingham Road, last month revealed it was going to end its long association with the town and relocate to Birmingham.

But opponents to the proposal said managers had pushed the plans through without consulting staff or parents.

Some claimed the move was a cover for a reduction in staff members.

NCO managers had said the relocation would move the organisation closer to other nationally and internationally-renowned music groups.

More than 2,000 names were added to a petition by a group called Our NCO, which said it was a group made of parents, volunteers, staff and pupils.

NCO founder Vivienne Price also supported the protest. Following discussions, the move to Birmingham has been put on hold, for the time being at least.

A statement issued on the Our NCO website said: “During the coming months new governance structures will be finalised. The proposed office move to Birmingham will be put on hold.

“In the new year, the interim board will take a fresh look at all issues surrounding any move, considering all options afresh and consulting with the rest of the organisation before any decisions are taken.

“These arrangements have been agreed in a spirit of collaboration and goodwill on all sides. We ask that everyone comes together in the same spirit to support the NCO we all care about so much.”

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