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Ed’s Musical Adventure

Find out about Ed’s adventure with the National Scout and Guide Concert Band and more information about other talented Norfolk Young People could get involved.

Scouting provides opportunities for Young People with talents they have gained externally to showcase them with other members to help build friendships, complete awards and have wonderful experiences.

The National Scout and Guide Symphony Orchestra and Concert Band course 2018 will be held in Stourbridge from Sunday 29 July – Sunday 5 August 2018. Accommodation is at Old Swinford Hospital School, a boarding school in Stourbridge, and  concerts will be held in the Birmingham and Stourbridge area.

This year, North East Norfolk Explorer Scout, Ed Cubitt attended…

“I have attended the National Scout and Guide Concert Band for the last two years. I first came across the course when I was looking for a Gold D of E and  Queen Ccout residential and the opportunity to do this at an event which combined two of my interests: scouting and music, was an opportunity not to be missed. This is a feeling which I know many others share, as it is a popular residential for people doing these awards, and many people go once to do there residential and then keep going back.

The course itself is a very fun filled, busy week. Right from the first day you are into rehearsals, and these carry on all through the week.

The course is not however just about music, there is plenty of time for other activities from exploring the local town to an afternoon of outdoor activities, alongside evening entertainment each night. There is also plenty of time to make new friends from all over the UK, as there are many breaks throughout the day when you can talk ,and everyone is soon sharing a joke in rehearsals.

You may come as a stranger, but you will leave as part of a big family.

The music is also of a high quality, with piece in the concert band last year including light hearted pieces like “Cartoon express” (a medley of cartoon themes) to the more serious pieces like Tchaikovsky march No2. The orchestra also plays many great pieces such as Vaughan Williams Symphony No2. At the end of the week all the hard work pays of with concerts for both the concert band and orchestra taking place in venues which this year included The Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and the MAC Birmingham.

In conclusion the NSGSO is an opportunity not to be missed. I guarantee you will make friends for life, while at the same time making great music together.”

The closing date for applications is 16 December 2017, please see this NSGSO Detailed Information.

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