Rising Stars 2018

Saturday 24 March 201815:00
Shirley Methodist Church

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.

When considering applying, it is best to consider music which is out of copyright, as this can usually be hired more easily. Please bear in mind that any additional costs (parts for contemporary music, performing rights payments, the sourcing of unusual works, and any specialist supporting musicians) may have to be borne by the Rising Stars themselves.

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

Rising Stars 2018 poster

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 may sometimes be grouped into a composite - see examples from previous years for ideas. Imaginative and unusual shots are welcome (see the 2008 poster for examples) - but please ensure that photographs are taken with a good digital camera, ideally against a light, uncluttered background. Photographs taken by a professional photographer or in a studio are preferred where possible.

Rising Stars 2018 Key Dates

20 October 2017 - closing date for applications.

Application Form - DOC (Word) | PDF

November / December 2017 - auditions

31 December 2017 - final date for payment of non-refundable fee (£50) by successful applicants.

February / March 2018 - Rising Stars rehearsals

Saturday 24 March 2018 - 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 August 2017


See Gallery for more details of all past concerts.

Rising Stars 2016

Rising Stars 2015

Rising Stars 2014

Rising Stars 2013

Rising Stars 2012

Rising Stars 2011

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Rising Stars 2010

Rising Stars 2010

Rising Stars 2009


Rising Stars 2008


Rising Stars 2007

Rising Stars 2007 RS2007

Solihull News letters page 9 March 2007

Rising Stars 2006 | more | more


Rising Stars 2005

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Rising Stars 2004