April 16, 1984: Princess Diana pictured above on a walkabout during her visit to watch a rehearsal of the National Children’s Orchestra at the Wellington College, Berkshire. She was presented with a small violin as a gift for Prince William.
The NCO is Great Britain’s premier symphony orchestra for children. It offers children a life-changing experience with training from top professional musicians.
The National Children’s Orchestras of Great Britain was formed in 1978 by Vivienne Price, MBE, who saw the need for talented children aged under 14 to have their own symphony orchestra.
Diana, above, with Vivienne Perry, MBE c. 1988.
Youth orchestras existed for teenagers, but younger children, if they were admitted at all, felt they did not fit in socially, however brilliant their playing.
In 1983, Diana, Princess of Wales became Patron and paid several visits to their courses and concerts. Below, Diana, in blue, visiting in 1986.