The Northern Chamber Orchestra (NCO) has come a long way since it was set up in 1967.  It now presents a successful, annual series of eight concerts at the Heritage Centre in Macclesfield, which attracts top-flight soloists.  The 2016 / 17 season features: violinists, Chloe Hanslip and Matthew Trusler; pianists, Steven Osborne and Lara Melda; flautist, Adam Walker and NCO’s principal horn, Naomi Atherton.

The NCO is the ‘orchestra in residence’ at Buxton Festival, playing for its main opera productions, and now regularly gives orchestral concerts at Buxton Opera House / the Pavilion Arts Centre.

The orchestra also performs across the North of England and is regularly included in Orchestras Live programmes across rural areas, including the Lake District.

The members of the orchestra (approximately twenty in total) are distinguished chamber musicians who regularly appear as soloists.