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Kandersteg 2017

Every few years over 100 Scouts and Guides from Birmingham travel to the Alps in Switzerland for a week of winter adventure in Kandersteg at the International Scout Centre.

The week is packed with activities including three days skiing, snow shoeing, sledging down the mountain, curling, ice skating and a full evening programme too! We’re delighted that we’ll be returning in February 2017.

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2016 NSGSO Applications

We are really pleased to announce that applications for the 2016 NSGSO course are now open.

This year is a really exciting one for the NSGSO as we will be running an NSGSO Wind Band alongside the Main NSGSO Orchestra. So there is a choice of 2 ensembles to apply for. There is slightly different criteria for each.

The NSGSO meets every year for a fantastic week’s course of music and activities led by professional tutors and conductor. The course will be held in Stourbridge from Sunday 24th to Sunday 31 July 2016. The week will culminate in two evening concerts in Birmingham on Friday 29th and Saturday 30th July led by the Main Orchestra, with the Wind Band as Guest artists. The Wind Band will also take part in concerts in the community during the week.

The closing date for applications is midnight on Saturday 5th December.

To see for yourself what the NSGSO course involves visit the NSGSO Website.

The course is hosted by Birmingham Scout County in conjunction with Girlguiding Birmingham.

To apply for the 2016 NSGSO Course and to find out lots more detail go to

For the NSGSO Main Orchestra all applicants must be:
– A Member of the The Scout Association or Girlguiding.
– Aged 13-25 by 31 August 2016
– Proficient player of a least one orchestral instrument (Grade 5 or above)

Please note
1. String players who are Grade 4 may be accepted under certain circumstances.
2. Applicants between the ages of 26-30 will be considered in the event that a section is under-subscribed.

For the NSGSO Wind Band all applicants must be:
– A Member of the The Scout Association or Girlguiding.
– Aged 12-25 by 31 August 2016
– Proficient player of a least one wind band instrument (Grade 4 or above)

The cost of the course is £490, payable in four instalments (£470 for anyone participating in the 2014 or 15 courses). The course cost includes full board, accommodation, rehearsals and workshops with a professional conductor and sectional tutors, uniform for new members, transportation during the week and social activities.

For help with funding applicants should contact their group first, then district and then county. Applicants can of course do their own fundraising for this event. You can email enquiries@nsgso.com for specific advice to individuals if needed.

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.

Please email maggie@nsgso.com. if you require any further information.

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Tickets now on sale for the NSGSO concerts

Matinee Concert for Local Scouts and Guides – Saturday 1 August

On Saturday 1 August there is a short matinee performance for local Scouts and Guides to give them a flavour of an orchestral concert and possibly encourage them to join in future years. It is just an hour from 2-3pm and costs just £2 per person (no concessions!). It is not open to the general public. Please email tickets@nsgso.com and you will be sent information about how to obtain your seats and how to pay.

The concert includes a variety of film scores including The Magnificent 7, Batman, Hymn to the Fallen from Saving Private Ryan and The Empire Strikes Back. It will also include a piece entitled The Gang’s all Here!

The concert is applicable from Beaver or Rainbow age upwards. It is being held in the Adrian Boult Hall of the Birmingham Conservatoire, Paradise Place, Fletchers Walk, Birmingham, B3 3HG. It is about 5-7 minutes walk from New Street Station by walking up New Street and past the Council House in Victoria Square, and is behind the Town Hall.

Evening Concerts – Friday 31 July and Saturday 1 August 7.30pm

Tickets for our 40th anniversary concerts in Birmingham are now on sale via the Birmingham Rep Theatre or 0121 236 4455.

In addition to all the above pieces we are also playing Tchaikovsky’s 5th Symphony Young people are also welcome in the evening but that concert is more applicable from Explorer or Ranger age upwards and obviously to leaders. These concerts are open to the public

Tickets are £10 each or £8 for concessions or groups of 10 or more.

Concerts are being held in the Adrian Boult Hall of the Birmingham Conservatoire, Paradise Place, Fletchers Walk, Birmingham, B3 3HG.
It is about 5-7 minutes walk from New Street Station by walking up New Street and past the Council House in Victoria Square, and is behind the Town Hall.

General Information

The NSGSO has attracted an orchestra of 75 Scouts and Guides from all round the country who will have met just a week earlier to rehearse and work together on these pieces
We are welcoming Gill Slocombe Chief Guide Commissioner to the Friday concert and Tim Kidd, Deputy UK Chief Scout Commissioner on the Saturday.

 

Birmingham Pride 2015

Birmingham Pride 2015 has been hailed the biggest and most successful in its history with more than 75,000 spectators turning out to support the parade through the city centre and over 60,000 more attending the festival….and Girlguiding Birmingham was there!

Over the bank holiday weekend of the 23/24 May, Girlguiding volunteers handed out freebies during the parade and manned a charity stand at Birmingham Pride to shout out about how great we are. The parade drew in huge crowds all across Birmingham and the streets around the community stands and band stages were full of excitement and party spirit. Over the weekend we spoke to hundreds of people about the great work that Girlguiding Birmingham is doing and the opportunities that the organisation can provide for girls of all backgrounds and ages across the city. We really wanted to reinforce the message that we are for all girls!

We spoke to a variety of people ranging from current members to those that hadn’t before heard of our organisation (even the Scouts loved our stand!). It was really rewarding to be able to speak to existing members who said that being part of Girlguiding really helped give them a space to develop. We encouraged everybody to fill in our “girls can…” postcards and had a great range of responses…girls really can do anything!

In addition to chatting to people about what Girlguiding offers we also had stickers, pin badges, sweets and goodie bags available as well as face paints and even a bubble machine, which everybody loved! This event gave us some great access to lots of fun, enthusiastic potential volunteers and the fun atmosphere was ideal to show off how great guiding is. The weekend was a great success and we are really proud that we have managed to be part of it. A huge thanks goes to Friends of Girlguiding Birmingham (FoGB), Girlguiding Midlands and Girlguiding UK for your support…and not forgetting thanks to the amazing array of fantastic volunteers that helped over the 2 days!