About the orchestra

Solihull Symphony Orchestra is a lively and enthusiastic group of non-professional musicians who enjoy taking on the challenge of a lively 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.

Jon Malaxetxebarria

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.

Malcolm Peters  Martin Leigh

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

The orchestra is affiliated to Making Music, (the National Federation of Music Societies), and has received supported from the PRS Foundation for new music. Since 2014, the Mayor of Solihull has been Patron of the orchestra and the orchestra maintains a close relationship with Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council.


The Solihull Symphony Orchestra is a Registered Charity No 1118720