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Applications are welcome from any UK Scout or Guide aged 12-25 by 31st August 2020 – deadline for applications is midnight on Saturday 14th December 2019

The National Scout and Guide Symphony Orchestra and the National Scout and Guide Concert Band are hosted by Birmingham Scout County, with the 2020 residential course taking place for the 5th year in Stourbridge at Old Swinford Hospital School. The cost for 2020 will be £510 inclusive of all food and accommodation, tuition, music, social activities and transport during the course (attendees often fundraise to take part)

The NSGSO is now in its 45th year and its membership is around 80 players. The NSGCB was reformed in 2016 in its current format and now totals around 55-60 members. Both courses offer an intense week of rehearsals and workshops with a professional conductor and sectional tutors, culminating in concerts at prestigious local venues. There are 13 Scout and Guide Leaders who organise and manage the course during the year.

Over the week members work with our team of Scouts, Guides, professional musicians and conductors to ensure they develop their creative talents and have fun along the way. Both courses are integrated together for all social activities, accommodation and food. The courses conclude with concerts showcasing the talents of Scouting & Guiding in a prestigious concert venue. The NSGSO has two concerts on the Friday and Saturday evening. The NSGCB performs concerts in the community during the week and also at their main Saturday day time concert. They will also have the opportunity to take part in the two concerts with the NSGSO as guest artistes. Each course will have the opportunity to watch the others in their concerts.

“The previous courses I have attended have definitely given me some of the best moments I’ve had with Scouts and I would highly recommend to anybody that is interested.” Charlie Westbrook (Peterborough DYC)