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

Solihull Children’s Chorus Auditions and concert information

Please note that the Solihull Childrens’s Chorus auditions will be held on:

July 7th (please apply by Fri June 29th)

July 14th (please apply by July 6th)

July 21st (please apply by July 13th)

These will take place at Solihull Music Service, Daylesford Road, Solihull. B928EJ

Concert information:

The choir will be performing at:

The Opera Boys May 10th at The Core


Concert with Knowle Male Voice Choir on July 14th at Knowle Parish Church.


DVD – Order for OSOsic II and Brass Blast


We are pleased to announce that through  great support from we have recorded the OSOsicII and Brass Blast concerts.

You can order your DVD from this link.

a preview of Brass Blast can be found here:

Programmes from both events can be found here:

Brass Blast 2018

WAC programme

Best wishes


Saturday Music Centre 3rd March 2018

Dear parent/carer
Due to poor road conditions around the school and the prediction of more poor weather this afternoon/evening the Lyndon school site manager has made the decision to close the school on Saturday 3rd March. Therefore there will be NO SMC or Theatre Train on Saturday 3rd March. We will aim to put an extra session on in the summer term.

Please enjoy your Saturday off and stay warm.

Best wishes


SMS – 1st March Weather update -6.00pm Evening groups/lessons cancelled.

Dear Parents and Carers,

In line with other schools across the borough Solihull Music Service and Lyndon School have been advised to close at 6.00pm this evening.

This is to protect SMS staff, parents and pupils as nightfall’s and temperatures drop. The roads around the school are also hazardous

We are rehearsing the 4.30pm groups the best we can, as we are aware they are performing at Brass Blast on Monday 5th March and it will still be daylight.

Pupils having lessons at Arden school have been informed about their lessons on an individual basis.

Thank you for your understanding on this matter.

SMS welcomes the BBC

As part of the OSoSic II project we were fortunate to have a bid to the BBC concert orchestra accepted to support our project based around the BBC 10 pieces. This project features most of the secondary schools in Solihull and invited primary/junior schools

On Sunday 4th February over 140 young Solihull musicians descended on Lyndon school (home of the Music Service) to work with BBC musicians to help get us prepare for the performance on 16th February at the Warwick Arts Centre.

This is the feedback we received from the BBC

‘Hi Richard,

Thank you for a lovely day on Sunday – the musicians and I had a really great day. You have such lovely polite, engaged young people. They were sounding really great and I am sure the concert is going to be a fantastic success.’

Wow what praise indeed and well done to all!


BBC Rehersal Sunday 4th February @SMS

Sunday 4th February – BBC Rehearsals

Solihull Music Service C/O Lyndon School, Daylesford Road B928EJ

10.00-10.15- Pupils arrive and sign in (Lower school hall)

10.15 – 10.45 – Sectional allocation/Warm-ups/Technique – Delivered by HOM/SMS staff

Peter Pan Overture rehearsal (other players on lunch) – SMS ensemble room HT

10.50-12.15 BBC musicians arrive and Sectional 1 starts (with appropriate 10min break at some point)

12.30-1.00 All on lunch/individual practise.

1.00-2.15 Sectional 2

2.30-3.00 Full runs, with Heads of Music/ SMS staff conducting.

2.45pm Parent preview. – Lower school hall

3.00pm – close

Space for rehearsals:

SMS ensemble room – Percussion

Lower school hall – Brass

Dining area/L101 (depending on size) Strings

Hub – Woodwind

Break out space – foyer by the Hub


BBC Musicians

Brass player:

Ileana Ruhemann:           Wind (flute)

Stephen Whibley:            Percussion

Juan Gonzalez:                 Upper strings (violin)

Matthew Lee: Lower      strings (cello)


SYMSA to provide refreshments in dining area for pupils and staff