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Applications are OPEN for the National Scout and Guide Symphony Orchestra and Concert Band Course 2021

We’ve been asked to share the following message by the National Scout & Guide Symphony Orchestra and Concert Band

We are very pleased to be able to announce that applications for the 2021 NSGSO and NSGCB course are now open. We are accepting applications 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, as well as our first ever completely joint concert between the NSGSO and NSGCB at Coventry Cathedral. The course runs from Sunday 1st August – Sunday 8th August 2021 and the closing date for applications is midnight on Saturday 12th December 2020.

I would be really grateful if you could circulate this email and attached flier as widely as possible amongst young people aged 12-25 in your county, district, group or unit. Our aim is to make sure that this email and flier reaches as many young people as possible and we appreciate your support in ensuring this.

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.

With this application period we are proud to share our brand new website with a new domain name – Do take a look to find out more about the NSGSO and NSGCB, and how to get involved.


Please see this flyer:

Click to access NSGSO_NSGCB_Flier_2021.pdf

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 6th and Saturday 7th August at prestigious venues in the Birmingham area. This year we are particularly excited to introduce a completely joint concert between the Concert Band and Symphony Orchestra at Coventry Cathedral to coincide with Coventry being UK City of Culture 2021. To see for yourself what the course involves, watch our short promotional film.


The NSGSO and NSGCB Ensembles

The 2021 course will be the 46th year of the Symphony Orchestra, with the Concert Band having been reformed in its current format five 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, and this year they will be completely sharing the concert in Coventry Cathedral for the first time! 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.



We were very disappointed to have to cancel our 2020 course and we are acutely aware of the fact that COVID-19 still poses a risk to us being able to hold the 2021 course. At the current time we are planning on being able to deliver the course as planned for 2021, but please feel assured that we will be monitoring the situation at every stage in our process, with our first priority being to keep all of our participants, tutors and staff members safe. Please do still send your applications in during our application period, and feel free to contact us on with any concerns. We will be updating these questions as further information is given to us by The Scout Association, Girlguiding and the government.


To apply for the 2021 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 31st December 2020 if your application has been successful or not.

Please email me at with any queries that you have.

The closing date for all applications is midnight on Saturday 12th December 2020.

Many thanks,


Alice Coomer

NSGSO and NSGCB Coordinator (Publicity)

National Scout & Guide Symphony Orchestra and Concert Band