The National Scout & Guide Symphony Orchestra and Concert Band 2020

*Please note this event has been cancelled*

However, you can watch 2020 and 2019 participants in a special perfomance by visiting:

The NSGSO and NSGCB meet every year for a fantastic week of musical tuition and social activities, culminating in two concerts in the community for the Concert Band, including at Severn Valley Railway, and multiple concerts for both the Concert Band and the Symphony Orchestra at prestigious venues in the Birmingham area. This year the 127 participants performed at Bramall Hall in Birmingham University, supported by 12 volunteer staff members.

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, including kayaking, abseiling, morris dancing, archery, as well as the much anticipated massed finale item at the concerts.

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.

Applications are now open for the 2020 course and information can be found at:


Aged 12- 25



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