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, or phone 0121 745 5548

At the moment, we are actively looking for new players in the following areas for our next concert on Saturday 24 November 2018. Rehearsals start on Tuesday 4 September at Shirley Methodist Church, but new members welcome from whenever they are available!

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 18 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.

Autumn Term 2018

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

23 Oct - Beethoven with Chloe Miller - Horns/Brass
Shirley Methodist Church

30 Oct Half Term

6 Nov - Beethoven - Flutes/Oboes

13 Nov - Grieg, Sejourne - 1st Violins

20 Nov - Beethoven - Clarinets/Bassoons

22 Nov - Sejourne, Grieg - Violas
Shirley Methodist Church

24 Nov Autumn Concert (3 pm)
Shirley Methodist Church

27 Nov 2nd Violins

4 Dec - Rising Stars Auditions Cellos

11 Dec Orchestra Social

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

Last updated 18 November 2018