Membership

Solihull Symphony Orchestra is an amateur orchestra based between Birmingham and Coventry in the West Midlands - all our members play for enjoyment and relaxation rather than monetary reward. Membership is by subscription and is subject to conditions as described in the Rules and Constitution.

The subscription rate for members from September 2018 is 135. We encourage members to pay online annually, but a termly rate of £50 is possible in some circumstances. The subscription covers the costs of rehearsals, orchestral tuition and occasional sectional coaching from CBSO members or other professional musicians. Subscriptions are not normally charged for a new member's first term, or for student members.

Instrumentalists interested in joining the orchestra are invited to contact us. We also welcome enquiries for short term membership - if you're studying here for a year, or on a short term work placement for example ?

Email info@solihullsymphony.org.uk, or phone 0121 745 5548

More Violas wanted!

At the moment, we are actively looking for new players in the following areas for our next concert on Saturday 2 February 2019. Rehearsals start on Tuesday 4 December, but new members would be very welcome from January next year.

Strings - immediate vacancies for two more violas, and enquiries always welcome from other strings players, especially violins.

Wind and Brass - we would welcome trumpet players who are able to attend regularly. We maintain a waiting list for wind players willing to deputise at short notice for occasional rehearsals or join us for works with expanded wind sections.

Percussion and keyboard players are often needed for concerts, but enquiries welcome from anyone willing to attend occasional rehearsals as well! If you're learning drums at school, this may be an ideal opportunity?

There are no formal auditions or entry requirements, although players will normally be expected to have had some orchestral experience. However, a willingness to learn and a commitment to attend Tuesday evening rehearsals regularly are equally important.

New recruitment poster PDF (A4)

Updated 28 November 2018

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Forthcoming Rehearsals ...

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Regular weekly rehearsals are normally held in the David Turnbull Music Centre, Solihull School, B91 3DJ, but some are elsewhere - check the listing below.

Use the entrance opposite New Road, and park on The Level - both are marked on the map.

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Solihull School
Photo - Malcolm Payne Group

Drive through the car park, then up the narrow road alongside the playing field. The Music School is straight ahead - follow the road round and park behind the building.

Rehearsals take place in the studio facing onto the field, at the right of the photograph above. All rehearsals begin on time (19:30), so players should aim to arrive by 19:15 to ensure a punctual start. Entrance (via a key code) is at either end of the building. If you are likely to arrive after 19:45, please ring or text to make sure barrier remains open, or park outside the school premises.

Spring Term 2019

rehearsals are at Solihull School unless specified otherwise below. Coffee rota to the right

8 January Basses

15 January1st Violins

22 January Cellos

29 January Clarinets/Bassoons

31 January (Thursday) Shirley Methodist Church 2nd Violins

2 February New Year Concert
Shirley Methodist Church

Rehearsal 10.30 am - 1.15 pm, Concert 3.30 pm

5 February Flutes/Oboes

12 February Shirley Methodist Church 1st Violins

19 February Half Term

26 February Cellos

5 March Violas

12 March 2nd Violins

19 March Shirley Methodist Church Brass

26 March 1st Violins

28 March (Thursday) Shirley Methodist Church Basses

30 March Rising Stars Concert
Shirley Methodist Church

Venues and repertoire may change, so check website, emails and Facebook regularly for up to date information

Last updated 8 January 2019

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