The selection criteria and instruments differ slightly for each group, but generally speaking applicants need to be of grade 5 standard for the NSGSO and grade 4 for the NSGCB on your first instrument. You do not need to have necessarily taken the exams but you do need to be this playing ability level; if not you will not keep up and will struggle during the course. There are a few exceptions to this and you can see them below.
You need to be between the ages of 12 – 25 by 31 August 2021. However if you are aged 26-30 and play an instrument in short supply then your application will be considered after the closing date.
The Scout Association and Girlguiding
You must be a member of either The Scout Association or Girlguiding. We need your leader’s email and phone number when you apply. If you are a student and suddenly find yourself living in different parts of the country to where you have been a member, there are a number of options available to you to stay involved. Speak to your current leader or alternatively you could join SSAGO, a new local group, unit or Network, or still attend your previous group when you are at home during the holidays. If you have any concerns please email us
Applications are not based on your previous attendance at the course, but on your musical ability. The closing date for applications is midnight on Saturday 12th December 2020. We are very strict about this cut off date and applicants who have previously applied a day late have not necessarily made the final selection. Members are selected by the conductors during December and all members are notified of the outcome as soon after Christmas as we are able. Application is via the written form, not by audition. Please do not assume that because you applied before you will automatically get a place a second year.
2020 Course Applicants
Anyone who was successful in securing a place for the 2020 course that was cancelled will be guaranteed a place in 2021. However you must still complete the application form by the closing date on Saturday 12th December. This applies to anyone who was 25 in 2020 – we will honour your place for 2021.
A summary of the selection criteria is stated below. Please note that you will not be eligible if you do not meet the criteria for the group for which you have applied.
- Be a member of The Scout Association or Girlguiding
- Be aged 12-25 on 31st August 2021
- Be of grade 5 standard on an orchestral instrument or grade 4 on a concert band instrument