About Solihull - the official site of Solihull Council

UK Amateur Orchestras - lists, maps and links for the whole country

Making Music - the national organisation for music groups

Solihull Observer / Arden Observer - local newspapers

From elsewhere ...

Mahler in Venice?
The background to Visconti's film, "Death in Venice"

What should classical musicians wear on stage?
Soloists typically are granted considerable leeway when it comes to attire. Same for conductors. But the rest of us . . . ?

A Guide to the symphony orchestra
"String players ... never bathe carefully (or often). Brass players are loud-mouthed drunkards. Percussionists ... have the worst table manners"

No time to cut Britain's musical culture
An abundance of events evidences our appetite for classical music
The Guardian, February 2010

The Passion Players: Amateur Music in the UK
The Guardian, January 2010

Why so serious?
How the classical concert took shape.
The New Yorker, September 2008

Metal Maestro
World's first humanoid to conduct an orchestra. Does anyone notice the difference?
The Guardian, May 2008

The Rest is Noise
Blog and other articles from Alex Ross, music critic of The New Yorker

Free the Piano Player
Were 19th century performances more entertaining?

The well tempered web
Classical music is thriving online
The New Yorker, October 2007

Keeping Score
Multimedia presentations of Tchaikovsky, Beethoven et al from Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony

The Rambler
A well informed blog from Tim Rutherford-Johnson.

Do orchestras need conductors
The Guardian Notes and Queries | more

Teach our Kids to Play
the benefits of learning a musical instrument are many
The Guardian, February 2006

Pit of Despair
life in professional orchestras
The Guardian, Febuary 2006

Why we look so miserable
The Guardian, December 2005

Is Classical Music Popular Again?
article and letters from The Guardian, February 2005

Playing Music - the lost freedom
from the New York Review of Books
October 2005

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