Tony Veal

It is with sadness that we announce that former Head of Solihull Music Service Tony Veal, passed away peacefully at home on 13th September. Our condolences go to Cynthia, his wife, and the family.

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He will be sorely missed as his contribution to music in Solihull and beyond was huge.

He was truly a most long loyal supporter of music in the UK who gave his time and skills for decades with Solihull Music Service/BASBWE and NCBF, always in a most kind manner. We will miss his presence.

All our thoughts from Solihull Music Service  are with his family at this sad time.



Saturday Music Centre (SMC) Open Morning


On saturday 22nd September between 9.00am – 12.15pm we are holding an open morning for pupils that are learning an instrument, dance and want to take part in drama.

Please see below the classes on offer:

  • Soul Band– Any brass players/ guitarists/ vocalists/bass players/ sax players/ keys/drummers can join the successful gigging bands (10.45—11.30pm)
  • Flute Choir – suitable for beginners to grade 7, this choir is a brilliant opportunity to work alongside fellow flutists to develop musical expression and general ensemble skills within a relaxed, fun environment. (9.45am—10.30am)
  • SMC Orchestra—for all acoustic instruments (10.45 –11.30pm)
  • Ukulele Group— a group for all ages and all abilities (9.45am—10.30pm)
  • Beginners guitar group—for anyone who has just started play a guitar (9.00 –9.45am)
  • Steel pans– every steel pan class is carnival time. Join this group and play great tunes.(10.45-11.30am)
  • Drama– develop your acting skills through role play, improvisation and script reading.(9.45 –11.30am)
  • Dance– to compliment the musical and drama groups. For beginners (9.00-9.45am)
  • SMC Jazz Band– is an exciting swing band playing the latest Big Band Charts. (9.00 –10.30am)
  • Theory– theory classes cater for all levels of ability form grade 1 to 8. Helps with A level and GCSE music      (11.30am—12.15pm)
  • SMC voices– explore your voice in this cool choir. (9.45 –10.30am)
  • Rock & Pop– S.M.C.’s rock & pop department offers the opportunity for guitarists to learn to play chord   patterns and develop these skills in the context of a group playing their favourite songs. Rock & Pop groups are encouraged to     develop their own material with guidance from experienced musicians. There are regular  opportunities to perform the repertoire they have rehearsed to a receptive audience. (9.00 –12.15pm)

No audition is required players, with advice from the teacher, decide which group or groups they wish to join.

For more information and an application form please visit

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Welcome back!

Solihull Music Service would like to welcome you back to a new school year and we hope everyone is settling in to their new schools and year groups!

SMS staff have been working hard trying to get timetables up and running so they start teaching next week. ( 10th September). All SMS ensembles will start next week. If you have not been contacted about a lesson please be patent as we are still awaiting some school requirements which has a knock on effect timetabling lessons.

Please remember we deliver 33 lessons over a 39 week period which allows time for missed lessons to be made up.

Saturday Music Centre (SMC) starts on the 15th September for existing pupils and the open morning for new pupils will be the following week on September 22nd.


We look forward to seeing you all next week.

Cavern Club Concert July 9th and 10th – Final details

Hi Folks,

Please find below the final details if you are travelling with an SMS/SMC band (and are using the SMS coaches)

sms final cavern concert details for parents and pupils (Autosaved)

If you are traveling with schools please see the final info letter here:

sms final cavern concert details for schools

Those pupils that have ordered tee-shirts – they should be arriving on Wednesday/Thursday I will email schools  to let you know so they can be picked up or we will give them out on the day!

I have been given a discount code solix010 for anyone who want to book a cavern tour (just enter it online.)

And one final thing please remind parents or audience members they need to have purchased a ticket before hand this can be done here:

This is the programme for the event.

Cavern 2018- programme



Rock and Pop Nights June 2018

Please find below the Soundcheck times for the Rock and Pop Nights on June 12th, 13th and 14th.

12th June 2018


4.45pm      Langley Jazz Band

5.15pm      Heart of England Bands – 3 of them

5.45pm      Jazz Matters

6.30pm      Lighthall Jazz

13th June 2018


4.30pm      Lode Heath

4.45pm      Lode Heath year 7 band

5.00pm      All Sorts

5.15pm      M Webb – session 4 band

5.30pm      The words

6.00pm      Parkhall Bands (4)

14th June 2018


4.30pm      Caution Tape

5.00pm      Lyndon School Band

5.15pm      Capacity

5.30pm     Jnr Jazz Matters

6.00pm      Soul Matters

6.30pm      Shirley Heath

All tickets available from the


SMS – Summer Concert info

SMS Concerts Summer 2018

Wednesday 20th June – Bushell Hall – Woodwind WCET

Featuring WCET Woodwind schools and 2nd winds, iSax, SMC Flutes, Windstarters and Concert winds

Monday 25th June – Core Theatre

Concert 1 – The Core

Evening: B92’S, SMC Pans, SMC Jazz and Dorridge orchestra

7.00pm start.

Tuesday 26th June – Core Theatre

Concert 2- The Core

SYWO, Jnr winds, SYBB, JNR Brass,

7.00pm start

Wednesday 27th June – Core Theatre

Concert 3- The Core

All string groups

7.00pm start

Friday 29th June WAC – Guitar explosion!

WCET Schools and SMS guitar groups


Tickets available from WAC

Monday 9th and Tuesday 10th July – Cavern Club – Liverpool

Featuring: Jazz Matters, Soul Matters, Jnr Jazz, SMC

All tickets available from the Core Theatre (unless stated different)

String Explosion – WAC 15th May

A massive thank you to all schools that took part in the string explosion at Warick Arts Centre on 15th May 2018.


Pupisl from all schools played really well and we have recieved so many lovely comments.

Please remeber to order a DVD from :

We are also holding a taster session for all the pupils that took part in  last nights concert at the Music Service on Wednesday 23rd May 4.30pm -5.40pm

Best wishes



Brass master class – 20th May Bushell Hall

Spring brass master class

Please find details below of an exciting event which is taking place at Bushell Hall on Sunday 20th May. Students from Solihull Youth Brass Band are taking part in a masterclass with Mark Wilkinson, who is one of the UK’s leading cornet players. Entry to the afternoon masterclass is free of charge, and the day’s events will conclude with an evening concert showcasing Solihull Youth Brass Band, Shirley Band and Mark Wilkinson as guest soloist. It promises to be a fantastic musical event for performers and audience alike. Further details can be found below.

Cornet virtuoso Mark Wilkinson, the principal cornet of one of the UK’s top brass bands, the Fodens Band, is to hold a free masterclass for brass players in Solihull on Sunday 20 May. The masterclass is being organised by Shirley Band and Solihull Youth Brass Band (part of Solihull Music Service), who later in the day will be accompanying guest soloist Mark in concert at the two bands’ Spring Brass Explosion, which is due to be held at Solihull School. Shirley Band is conducted by David Hirst and Solihull Youth Brass Band is conducted by Richard Bull.

Mark, who has been principal cornet of Fodens since 1992, is Visiting Cornet Tutor at the Royal Northern College of Music, cornet tutor with the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain and has performed as a soloist all over the world.

Brian Johnson, Shirley Band’s secretary said: “We’re really excited that Mark is joining us in concert for our Spring concert, which we’re also delighted to share with Solihull Youth Brass Band. We’d certainly encourage brass players, music teachers and parents to come to the masterclass and concert, in what I’d expect to be one of the musical highlights of the year.”

Richard Bull, conductor of Solihull Youth Brass Band, added: “Being part of another musical collaboration with Shirley Band will be exciting and inspiring for our students and one which Solihull Music Service really values. We are also very fortunate to be joined by Mark Wilkinson, and I know that each and every brass player at the masterclass and concert will benefit from Mark’s musicality.”

The concert will begin at 6.15pm and the masterclass will be from 3pm. The two events will be held at Solihull School, Bushell Hall, 793 Warwick Rd, Solihull B91 3DJ. Concert tickets are priced £8 (adults), £6.50 (students / OAPs) & free to children under 12.

To sign up for a free place on the masterclass and to buy concert tickets for the concert, go to Call Mob 0772 5551374 or on the door.20 May - final poster small (1).jpg