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.

VaCO is also one of the most sociable courses I've ever attended and gives some amazing chamber music opportunities. I first started attending the Christmas course and enjoyed them and the evening / late night chamber music sessions so much that I've been back ever since. These chamber music sessions also help cement friendships that can last for years, provide contacts with the professional world and make connections which are vital to succeeding in today's musical world as well as allowing you to play some amazing music - Schubert cello quintet and the Mendelssohn Octet spring to mind alongside a complete Vaughan-Williams chamber music marathon one evening.

Peter Banks, Head of Chemistry

The Purcell School