The National Scout and Guide Symphony Orchestra (NSGSO)
The NSGSO was founded following joint meetings between the Girl Guide Association and the Scout Association in 1975, with the first official course taking place at Gilwell Park over New Year 1976/77. In the early years, led by founding conductor Professor George Odam, the Symphony Orchestra performed at many prestigious venues such as Westminster Abbey, the Royal Albert Hall and The White House. The NSGSO have undertaken several international tours, firstly to Germany in 1984 and most recently to Estonia in 2004. Back in the UK, the Symphony Orchestra has given hundreds of Scouts and Guides the opportunity to perform at many impressive venues including the O2 arena and the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.