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Northern Chamber Orchestra

Updated: 05 April 2024 | 13:43 PM

An agreement between Northern Chamber Orchestra (NCO) and MU for self-employed orchestral musicians.

Rates of pay effective from 1 October 2023

Concert rates

A concert for up to 3 hours with a rehearsal of up to 3 hours on the same day.

Tutti Sub-Principal Principal
£141.93 £152.85 £163.77

Buxton opera rates

For rehearsals and performances of fully staged opera in Buxton.

Two sessions of up to 3 hours each in one day (rehearsal or performance) One single session of up to 3 hours (rehearsal or performance)
Sub-Principal Principal Sub-Principal Principal
£170.32 £182.33 £109.72 £121.19

Education work fees

Standard fee (single 3 hour session) Whole day fee (two 3 hour sessions on same day) Project Leader (single 3 hour session) Project Leader (two 3 hour sessions on same day)
£113.55 £181.24 £124.47 £204.17

Schools and Educational Concerts rates

Please see the full agreement.

Distance/Travel (more than 15 miles musicians' home base)

Distance (where transport is provided) Travel (where transport is NOT provided)
22p per mile 48p per mile


Basic M25 Supplement
£74.20 £26.50

Late return

Midnight - 12:30am 12:30 - 1:00am 1:00 - 2:00am
£7.64 £13.10 £18.56


Contact details

General manager: Charlie Rowley
NCO, MMU, Brooks Building, 53 Bonsall Street, Manchester, M15 6GX

0161 247 2220

MU Steward: Jamie Manson