Rising Stars 2020

Saturday 14 March 202015:30
Shirley Methodist Church

Rossini - The Barber of Seville Overture
Grieg - Piano Concerto Ziying He
Elgar - Romance for Bassoon Connor Huss
Binge - Saxophone Concerto Emily Ashby
Schubert - Symphony No 8 (unfinished)

Conductor - Jon Malaxetxebarria


Since 2004, Solihull Symphony Orchestra has organised an annual Rising Stars programme each spring. The programme allows a small number of talented young local musicians the opportunity to perform a movement from a concerto, an aria, a song cycle or something similar with a full orchestra - usually for the first time. The performance is not a competition - it is an informal family affair and always attracts a large audience of family, friends and regular concert goers. It is open to all musicians of school age living or studying in or very near Solihull.

Recruitment for Rising Stars begins in the Autumn of each year - please contact us if you would like further information.

Applicants are asked to provide a short biography (250 words) and a small selection of high quality photographs (at least 2 Mb file size), both with and without instrument, to be used in publicity materials. These will sometimes be grouped into a composite - see examples from previous years for ideas. Imaginative and unusual shots are welcome (see 2008 for example) - but please ensure that photographs are taken in good light, ideally against a white background. Photographs taken by a professional photographer or in a studio are preferred where possible - it may be possible to arrange this through the orchestra.

Rising Stars 2020 Key Dates

Rising Stars 2020 Poster (updated version to follow)

18 October 2019 - closing date for applications.

Application Form - DOC (Word) | PDF

These forms may be completed on screen before printing.

November / December 2019 - auditions

31 December 2019 - final date for payment of non-refundable fee (£50) by successful applicants.

February / March 2020 - Rising Stars rehearsals

Saturday 14 March 2020 - Rising Stars Concert

All successful applicants will be required to agree to a simple contract which is included with the form.

Businsess sponsorship of the orchestra would allow your organisation to be associated with this programme. Please contact us for further details.

updated 17 January 2020


See Gallery for more details of all past concerts.

Rising Stars 2019

Rising Stars 2018

Rising Stars 2017

Rising Stars 2016

Rising Stars 2015

Rising Stars 2014

Rising Stars 2013

Rising Stars 2012

Rising Stars 2011

Rising Stars   Rising Stars DL

Rising Stars 2010

Rising Stars 2010

Rising Stars 2009


Rising Stars 2008

Rising Stars A4 poster 2008 RS2008

Rising Stars 2007

Rising Stars 2007 RS2007

Solihull News letters page 9 March 2007

Rising Stars 2006 | more | more


Rising Stars 2005

Rising Stars 2004