VaCO is a UK Registered Charity that runs residential chamber orchestra courses for advanced young musicians, offering professional training in a relaxed, but tutored, environment.

VaCO courses offer fantastic career development opportunities whilst being exceptionally good value for money. Courses are highly subsidised to ensure they are affordable for aspiring young talent.

Our courses focus on exciting orchestral repertoire, as well as exploring and developing a wide range of chamber music and small ensemble pieces – coached by some of the UK’s leading musicians.

I’ve been on a lot of VaCO courses during my time as a student and afterwards; they’re always so much fun and you get to meet people from all over the country and even from other countries that you would never meet otherwise. It’s incredibly satisfying to work with such high calibre musicians to make music of an extremely high standard - I always come back for more. The courses are hard work but it is all worth it – because of VaCO I’ve seen myself grow massively as a musician and a person.

Emily Farren

Freelance Clarinettist/Teacher