Blow your trumpet (or play any instrument?)

Date: 23rd Sep 2019 Author: Peter Tomlin

Applications for the 2020 NSGSO and NSGCB course are now open. Applications are being accepted for both the Symphony Orchestra and the Concert Band. The residential course is held in Stourbridge, West Midlands, with concerts held at prestigious venues in the Birmingham area, and runs from Sunday 26th July – Sunday 2nd August 2020. The closing date for applications is midnight on Saturday 14th December 2019.

The course is hosted by Birmingham Scout County in conjunction with Girlguiding Birmingham but is open to applicants from across the UK who meet the selection criteria.

Download a flyer here.

The NSGSO and NSGCB Course

The NSGSO and NSGCB meets every year for a fantastic week’s course of music and social activities, culminating in two concerts in the community for the Concert Band, and multiple concerts for both the Concert Band and the Symphony Orchestra on Friday 31st July and Saturday 1st August at prestigious venues in the Birmingham area. To see for yourself what the course involves, watch our short promotional film.

The NSGSO and NSGCB Ensembles

The Symphony Orchestra is now in its 45th year, with the Concert Band having been reformed in its current format four years ago, running alongside the Orchestra course. The NSGSO and NSGCB have separate identities but are managed together, so whilst they have separate rehearsals and concerts, participants from both groups come together for accommodation and social activities, as well as the much anticipated massed finale item at the concerts. Applicants therefore have the choice of the two ensembles to apply for, though there are slightly different criteria and instrument choices for each. Please visit our website for more detailed information.

To apply for the 2020 NSGSO or NSGCB course and to find out more details, please visit

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.

You will hear before the New Year if your application has been successful.

Please email me at with any queries that you have.

The closing date for all applications is midnight on Saturday 14th December 2019.

Many thanks,


Alice Coomer

NSGSO Coordinator (Publicity)

National Scout & Guide Symphony Orchestra and Concert Band




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