Welcome back to September 2021

Dear Parent/Carer

We are delighted to be back, and are looking forward to starting teaching music again.

One to one and small group lessons will start back next week the 13th September.

On Monday 20th September all Solihull Music after school ensembles will start back at Lyndon School. We have moved the date back a week to enable SMS staff to teach for a week and recruit members for the ensembles.

Start times have changed slightly to accommodate our move later this term. All information is on our new portal so please make sure you click on this link and sign up.

Existing pupils must also do this as we are changing systems, group members are not automatically carried over.


Solihull Music Move:

We are delighted to announce that over the course of the next two terms Solihull Music is moving premises to the Core Theatre.

Our daytime admin team has already moved across, and after October half term, other areas of music service work will move over to the new venue. We are very excited by this move as it will enhance the offer and experience that our parents and pupils will have.

Further details will be sent out in due course as we are able to confirm, who what and when!

Please note that our new phone number is 0121 704 6500.
Email is Solihullmusic@solihull.gov.uk

End of term – Thank you

Dear Parents,Carers, Schools and Pupils
As we come to the end of another really tough year we wanted to thank you for your patience and support over really difficult circumstances.
Despite the difficulties we have managed to continue our instrumental lessons (even jumping between online lessons) restarted Saturday Music Centre and most recently our weeknight ensembles. This will help us recover quicker in the new term.

For information on instrumental lessons including videos please click HERE

There will be many exciting changes over the next year and we cannot wait to share them with you, however that can wait until September…..in the meantime have a great summer, stay safe and although SMS staff start back on the 1st September, we look forward to seeing you with lessons recommencing on 13th September.
Enjoy some of the performances below:

Junior Strings Shufty’s Hornpipe
Junior Winds

Junior Strings – An Arabian Night
Con Brio/ Vivace
Con Brio/Vivace
Con brio/ Vivace

Solihull Music Service – Instrumental lessons 2021-22

Dear Parent/ Carer.
Despite the pandemic, we are belive that every pupil is entitled to a musical offer. As I am sure you are aware, this would be the time of year we would be out in schools delivering assemblies/workshops encouraging the next generation of pupils to sign up for lessons and the SMS ensembles.

Due to the restrictions, we are unable to do this so we are in the process of creating online promotional videos for pupils to watch and to introduce some of the instruments they may wish to learn. You can find lots of exciting instruments on our YOU TUBE CHANNEL and on our ONLINE PLATFORM

If you wish to apply for lessons with Solihull Music please click HERE and follow the instructions

Please see below a selection from our woodwind team: (More to follow)

Welcome to the SMS Woodwind Family
The Sax Team
SMS Flutes
SMS Clarinets
SMS Bassoon
SMS Recorder team!

Welcome Back – Summer 2021

Hi Everyone – Welcome back to the summer term 2021!

So, following the successful return of Saturday Music Centre (SMC) before half term, we would love to see pupils that play guitar (9.00am), electric guitar (10.00am), woodwind (10.40am), flutes (9.45am), ukulele(9.45am) and Brass (9.30am) come and join us at SMC.

Please be aware that if any of your pupils want to come and join any of the groups before the end of term you just need to email dfetherstone@solmus.solgrid.org.uk so we can plan for numbers. We really hope that we will see more students return to make some music over the rest of this term.

Please remember that pupils are to be dropped off as we are not allowed parents on site.  Pupils will need to sign in at the front desk, use the NHS Track & Trace App and wear masks whilst on site.  The front desk will be manned at all times and a sign will be displayed indicating what rooms are assign to what group, as set out below.   Please note staggered start and finish times and please do your best to adhere to them.  

SYMSA will be back serving refreshments this week and the times (for each group doing more than one session) to have a break are listed in brackets (Please stick to these times and brings some money with you!)

Groups rehearsing:

9.00am – 9.40am   SMC Guitars –   M Webb – Dining Hall (refresh 9.40am)

9.45am – 10.30am SMC Ukuleles – M Webb – Dining Hall (refresh 10.30am)

9.30am – 11.00am SMC Jazz Band -A Jones – Lower School Hall (refresh 10.15am)

(Please note Jazz band numbers have been increased to a maxim of 20 students)

Rock and Pop Groups:

9.00am – 11.00am   Code 4  – O Sansom (Room 202) (refresh 9.50am)

9.30am – 11.20am   Roadmen – R Jones (Room 101) (refresh 10.20am)

9.45am – 11.15am   Approx/Checkmate – R Jones (Room 201) (refresh 10.35am)

10.00am – 11.30am Superkicks – T Whitehouse (Room 203) (refresh 10.50am)

10.00am – 10.45 SMC Electric Guitars – P. Beatty (Room 206)


9.45am – 10.30am – A. Morgan – Learning Support


10.40am – 11.25am – A. Morgan – Dining area

SMC Teaching Staff will also leave when their sessions have finished. 

Next week (19th June) we hope to add more Rock and pop groups (such as drumstix) 

Kind Regards, 

Richard Jones