Join the NSGSO 2017 Orchestra

We are really pleased to announce that applications for the 2017 NSGSO course are open. I would be really grateful if you could ensure that these details are circulated as widely as possible amongst Scouts, Explorers and Network members aged 12-25 in your county, district, group or unit.

We are taking applications for both the Orchestra and Concert Band. The course and concerts are based in Stourbridge, West Midlands and runs from Sunday 30 July – Sunday 6 August 2017. The closing date for applications is midnight on Saturday 10 December. Last year 115 young people attended – a record year and we hope to take even more in 2017.

The course is hosted by Birmingham Scout County in conjunction with Girlguiding Birmingham.

NSGSO Orchestra and  NSGSO Concert Band

The Orchestra is now in its 42nd year, and after the success last year of forming the Concert Band it will again be run alongside the Orchestra. So there is a choice of 2 ensembles to apply for. There is slightly different criteria for each – please see below and also our website for specific information.

The NSGSO Course

The NSGSO meets every year for a fantastic week’s course of music and social activities led by professional tutors and conductors and hosted by 6 staff members. The course will be held in Stourbridge from Sunday 30 July to Sunday 6 August 2017. During the week the Concert Band will perform 2 concerts in the community and also their main Saturday lunch time concert on 5th August. They will also have the opportunity to take part in the two concerts with the Orchestra as guest artistes. For the Orchestra the week will culminate in two evening concerts in Birmingham on Friday 4th and Saturday 5th August with the Concert Band as guest artists. Both the Orchestra and the Concert Band will also play a joint piece together at the Friday and Saturday evening concerts. Alex Peace Gadsby, England Commissioner is already booked to attend the concert on Saturday evening 5th August.

To see for yourself what the NSGSO course involves watch our short promotional film   NSGSO Promotional Video

Our aim is to make sure that this email and flier reaches as many young people as possible.

The NSGSO had its 40th anniversary concert in 2015 but we are still not as widely known as we would like. Please could you circulate via email/Facebook groups/county websites/tweet etc. We would be most grateful.

To apply for the 2017 NSGSO Course and to find out lots more detail go to

The closing date for applications is midnight on Saturday 10th December.

For the Orchestra all applicants must be:
– A Member of the The Scout Association or Girlguiding.
– Aged 13-25 by 31 August 2017
– Proficient player of a least one orchestral instrument (Grade 5 or above)

Please note

  1. String players who are Grade 4 may be accepted under certain circumstances.
    2. Applicants between the ages of 26-30 will be considered in the event that a section is under-subscribed.

For the Concert Band all applicants must be:

– A Member of the The Scout Association or Girlguiding.
– Aged 12-25 by 31 August 2017
– Proficient player of a least one concert band instrument (Grade 4 or above)

Details of all instruments are on the website at
Further Information 

The cost of the course has been kept the same as last year at £490, payable in four instalments. The course cost includes full board, accommodation, rehearsals and workshops with a professional conductor and sectional tutors, uniform for new members, transportation during the week and social activities. You just need to transport yourself to Stourbridge and after that everything else is paid for other than pocket money. We can pick you up from Stourbridge station or Birmingham airport.

For help with funding applicants should contact their group first, then district and then county. Applicants can of course do their own fundraising for this event. We can help you with contact details if you would like to email.

For anyone wishing to use this course for their DofE, QSA or QGA residential then this year must be the first time that they have attended.

Please do email me at with any queries that you have.

Thank you,

Jill Bowman

NSGSO Manager

The National Scout & Guide Symphony Orchestra


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