SMS Jazz Concert June 27th 2017

What an amazing evening – Jazz Matters, SMC Jazz and Junior Jazz were joined by special guests. These included Matt Ford (Vocals) Neil Bullock (Drums) Russell Bennett (Trumpet) and Eliott Sansom (Piano).

It was a very special evening of high quality music and we know the pupils were inspired! The concert was filmed and will be made into a live DVD. You can download the form for the dvd off the website.

Photos from the event can be found here:


Please look at some of the comments from the concert below:

Neil Bullock:

“Dear Anthony, it was an absolute honour to be asked to play with you all and VERY humbling. To play with such positive young people at relatively the start of their musical journey is such a thrill. The standard just keeps going up but the attitude of all of them always remains grounded and sincere.

Working with you Anthony reminds us what’s it’s about…Music and fun and always trying ones best.

Send my gratitude to all of your wonderful staff but mainly the fantastic kids.

Kindest regards,

Neil. “

Lawrence Smith – Core Theatre Manager:

Dear Anthony

Thank you for your email, I couldn’t agree more how inspiring the concert was for all involved. It is coming along to events such as this that helps reinforce the good work that we all do and why we do it.

I really enjoyed the concert and the pupils were a credit to you and the Music Service.

Best wishes

Lawrence Smith


Hi Anthony,

Congratulations on the concert last night. 

It was the most spectacular event I’ve seen and in the second half I completely forgot I wasn’t watching a very expensive, professional jazz orchestra. Amazing talent.

Credit to the whole team for an event that inspired the performers and also my daughters in the audience – especially the cornet player in the family.

Expect to see a new recruit at Jazz starters in September!

Thanks again for everything you do for music in Solihull and for each of our three kids.

See you at the Rock & Pop festival!


Emma Lindsay – Parent

Dear Ant,

I just wanted to email and congratulate you on an amazing performance on Tuesday, it really was spectacular! It was evident the amount of hard work that this entailed from yourself and many of the music service staff.

To provide such an experience to all the performers involved is invaluable and long may it continue! Not only was it obvious from the applause and crowd participation how much this was enjoyed, it was also wonderful to see how much the children, professionals and staff enjoyed it too!

On the evening I brought with me friends and family (2 of which had travelled from Newcastle) and they we all astounded by the standard of the performances.

Congratulations again to you and the music service staff. I am already looking forward to next year!

Thank you and best wishes


School Secretary

Greswold Primary School

Lewis Robertson – Parent and Trombone player in SMC jazz

Dear all,

As a member of SMC JAZZ  I attended the concert at the Core Theatre last Tuesday. My wife her parents, sister and brother in law also came along. We all thought the concert was fantastic . There were superb performances from all the bands who played especially Jazz Matters who were exceptionally good. With the support of some professional musicians who obviously enjoyed playing and singing with the the bands.

It is clear that the hard work of the music teachers in Solihull is paying dividends, not only in improving the musical ability of the children involved but just as importantly improving their confidence and social skills.

The amount of work that the teachers put in is exceptional. I turn up at Lyndon school on a Saturday morning and see numerous children attending various bands and playing music. I have personally seen children turn up as shy, introverted and  not putting themselves forward and over time turn into confident people as their musicianship imroves.

The music service must be seen as more than just a Music service. It improves the whole person giving children confidence and the ability to perform in public, improving the whole person.

What would these children be doing to improve themselves if they weren’t playing music in these  bands?

My children have greatly benefited from attending Solihull  Music Service.

It would be a travesty if this service was reduced in any way.

Yours faithfully,

Lewis Robertson