Daisy Joins National Children’s Orchestra

Posted: 16th January 2020

Year 5 Daisy has been invited to join the National Children’s Orchestra!

Daisy was first inspired to take up the trombone after hearing a fellow pupil play the Looney Toons theme tune on a red plastic trombone.  Four years later she has successfully auditioned to join the National Children’s Orchestra (NCO) of Great Britain.

Plastic instruments are a new invention to enable younger players to start learning some of the larger instruments earlier.  At Burgess Hill Girls we have nine students currently learning on plastic trombones.  Five years ago our school’s brass teacher, Sian Buss, created the Plastic Tromtastics club which enables girls to play as an ensemble and adds a fun element with a ‘rainbow’ of instruments performing together.

Daisy first joined the Plastic Tromtastics and then quickly progressed to working her way through the examination grades; she is currently studying for her Grade 4 exam.  Daisy plays in the School’s Jazz Group and Junior and Senior Orchestras.  She also plays in Evolution Brass, a training band formed with other young people and adults.  In addition to the trombone, she sings, plays the violin and has recently taken up the viola.


In 2020 Daisy will play in the Under 10 Age Group of the National Children’s Orchestra. Throughout the year she will have the opportunity to take part in regional rehearsals and attend a week-long residential, where she will perform as part of the National Children’s Orchestra in concert.

Daisy’s family is thrilled to see her embark on such a unique opportunity.  Mum Rachael said: “We are so proud of Daisy’s achievement in being selected for the NCO. She loves making music but also works very hard at it, so this has shown her that the time she has spent practising has really paid off.  We are also very grateful to Burgess Hill Girls for enabling her to experience different instruments and receive first rate tuition from the amazing peripatetic music teachers.  The School has also given her the opportunity to play music in a massive range of groups, with both Junior and Senior School students, a benefit of all parts of the School being located on one site.”

Daisy can’t wait to begin, “I’m really excited to be playing in the NCO.  I’m most looking forward to making new friends and playing lots of different types of music on our residential camp.”