At the heart of VaCO courses is the drive to present outstanding live concerts and recitals in a variety of locations and settings.

VaCO is committed to bringing live music to the widest possible audience. We deliver high quality concerts across a diverse landscape and are particularly keen to perform in areas where such events might be rare or infrequent. We like to combine these concerts with workshops and events in local schools, where possible, to engage and encourage the next generation in live music-making.

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