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

Violas, trumpets, timpani, percussion wanted!

New members are welcome any time. At the moment, we are actively looking for extra players in the following areas for our forthcoming concerts on Saturday 1 February and Saturday 14 March 2020.

Strings - vacancies for a couple more violas and double basses, but enquiries always welcome from other string players.

Timpani / percussion - enquiries welcome from any musicians able to help with percussion parts on concert days, and from timpanists (ideally with their own kit.) We're very happy to consider school or college students who are learning drums and would like to try playing in an orchestra!

We maintain a waiting list for woodwind players willing to deputise at short notice for occasional rehearsals or join us for works with expanded wind sections.

Keyboard players are sometimes needed for concerts, but enquiries welcome from anyone willing to attend occasional rehearsals as well to fill in occasional harp, xylophone or piano parts.

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.

Updated  10 March 2020

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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

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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), and players must aim to arrive by 19:15 to allow for a punctual start. Entrance is at either end of the building - the doors should be open during rehearsals.

If you arrive late, the barrier may be down, but you can use the other school car park (entrance opposite Morrisons) which has no barrier.

Autumn Term 2020

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

Unfortunately we have not been able to meet at all during the Summer Term.

We hope to be able to resume rehearsals of some sort in September. Here, conductor Jon Malaxetxebarria discusses the Brahms Double Concerto, which we will be playing at some point next season, with violinist Cristi Bacanu and cellist Katie Tertell.


Please watch this space and check mailings and social media for further announcements.

Bowed parts for Brahms Double Concerto - violin 1 | violin 2

Advice and research on orchestrs and Covid 19 Risks

Making Music advice

Norwegian Music Council Recommendations

University of Freiburg Research Findings

These documents are for background information only and do not constitute policy or recommendations.   

Last updated 11 July 2020