National Scout & Guide Symphony Orchestra 2016

NSGSO Main Orchestra and (new) NSGSO Wind Band

This year is a really exciting one for the NSGSO as we will be running an NSGSO Wind Band alongside the Main NSGSO 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 activities led by professional tutors and conductor. The course will be held in Stourbridge from Sunday 24th to Sunday 31 July 2016. The week will culminate in two evening concerts in Birmingham on Friday 29th and Saturday 30th July led by the Main Orchestra, with the Wind Band as Guest artists. The Wind Band will also take part in concerts in the community during the week

The course is hosted by Birmingham Scout County in conjunction with Girlguiding Birmingham.
To apply for the 2016 NSGSO Course and to find out lots more detail go to   apply.nsgso.com
For the NSGSO Main Orchestra all applicants must be:
– A Member of the The Scout Association or Girlguiding.
– Aged 13-25 by 31 August 2016
– 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 NSGSO Wind Band all applicants must be:
– A Member of the The Scout Association or Girlguiding.
– Aged 12-25 by 31 August 2016
– Proficient player of a least one wind band instrument (Grade 4 or above)

Further Information 
The cost of the course is £490, payable in four instalments (£470 for anyone participating in the 2014 or 15 courses). 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.
For help with funding applicants, you should contact your group first, then district and then finally your county. Applicants can of course do their own fundraising for this event. If Scouts and Guides would like to email enquiries@nsgso.com we can offer specific advice to individuals if they need it
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.
The closing date is Saturday 5th December
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