Solihull Symphony Orchestra is a lively and enthusiastic group of non-professional musicians who enjoy taking on the challenge of a diverse and varied repertoire. Our members span an age range from under 18 to over 80. Since September 2013, Jon Malaxetxebarria has been our Music Director and Principal Conductor.

The orchestra began life as an evening class in Solihull, becoming Knowle Sinfonia in 1990 with the late Malcolm Peters as its conductor. Martin Leigh became the orchestra’s first professional Music Director in 2001.

In January 2005, the orchestra changed its name to the Solihull Symphony Orchestra.


Membership of the orchestra is by subscription and is subject to conditions as described in the Rules and Constitution. There are no formal auditions or entry requirements, although players will normally be expected to have had some orchestral experience. However, a willingness to learn and a commitment to attend Tuesday evening rehearsals regularly are equally important.

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Our Next Concert

Shirley Methodist Church

Saturday 26 November 2022, 15:30

Guest Conductor: Keith Slade

Copland – Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes
Gershwin – Rhapsody in Blue (Piano: Anne Bolt)
Debussy – Prelude a l’apres-midi d’un faune
Dvorak – The Golden Spinning Wheel

Venue location | Tickets (available in September) | Future Concert Dates


Summer Term 2022

Rehearsals for our Summer Concert start on Tuesday 26 April at Shirley Methodist Church with guest conductor Richard Jenkinson. The concert focuses on the links between European and black American music in the early 20th century. The programme features works by Edward Elgar and Frederick Delius, who was born in Bradford, but spent several years …


Rehearsals are held every Tuesday evening from 19.30 until 21.45 during term time, with at least three concert performances each year. In addition our occasional Rising Stars concerts provide an opportunity for talented young local musicians to perform with the orchestra.

If you are interesting in joining, would like to buy tickets or can help us to promote our concerts please contact us. Or why not subscribe to our free mailing list?

Committee 2021-22

Chair :  David Evans  ~ double bass
Treasurer :  David Roper ~ 1st violin
Membership :  Louise Robertson  ~ cello
Librarian :  Marina Battey ~ 1st violin
Publicity and Social Media :  Manisha Chauhan  ~ 1st violin
Concert Manager :  John Maxwell ~ 2nd violin
Orchestra Manager:  Stephen Mayes ~ horn

Music Director : Jon Malaxetxebarria