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Posted on September 23rd, 2015 by admin
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We are really pleased to announce that applications for the 2016 NSGSO course are now open. This email is being sent to you as someone who might be interested in applying for this year’s course. Please also send it onto anyone else that you know might be interested.

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 closing date for applications is midnight on Saturday 5th December.

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

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

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 last year but we are still not as widely known as we would like. Please could you circulate via email/put on Facebook groups/county websites/tweet etc

To apply for the 2016 NSGSO Course and to find out lots more detail go to

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 should contact their group first, then district and then county. Applicants can of course do their own fundraising for this event. If Scouts and Guides would like to email 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.

Please do email me with any queries that you have at

The closing date is Saturday 5th December

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