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 played orchestral piano/continuo harpsichord & organ for VaCO for several courses and was given a fantastic opportunity to play Ravel's piano concerto a few years later on a Christmas course. The courses themselves are thoroughly enjoyable, I've worked with fantastic musicians (students and professionals - many of whom I still work with today!) and have also made some friends who I still see regularly, not just from the UK but all over the world. Anyone would enjoy themselves in such a great atmosphere and if you get the chance to do one of the courses don't miss the opportunity!

Simon Passmore

Freelance Pianist and former VaCO soloist

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