Now in its 46th year, the National Scout and Guide Symphony Orchestra is usually made up of around 70 members of Scouting and Girlguiding aged between 12 and 25 who are proficient in at least one orchestral instrument. The Orchestra meets once a year for an intense week of music making alongside Scouting and Guiding activities, culminating in two concerts at prestigious venues in the Birmingham area.
During the week, the NSGSO usually undertake a symphony or extended orchestral work, most recently Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8 in 2019 and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 in D minor in 2018. This is complemented by a selection of other works, from Strauss waltzes to Holst’s planets and even the Star Wars suite. The NSGSO also join with the NSGCB for a grand finale to their concerts, performing Finlandia by Sibelius in 2019 and Peter Lawson’s Tunes from the Trenches in 2018, commemorating the centenary of the end of the First World War.
However we also have space during the day for rest and chat. You can find out more under Social Activities.
You can find out more information about the 46 years of the NSGSO under History and information about upcoming performances under Concerts.