SMS Groups and Ensembles 2017/18

The Solihull Music Service currently offers many exciting, varied and wide-ranging ensembles for pupils to join.

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Ensemble Weeks 2017~18

For many pupils this is the highlight of their music making and offers:

  • An opportunity to make music with others to the highest standards, from beginner to advanced level.
  • High-class direction and coaching from specialist instrumental and vocal staff.
  • A range of concerts, events and courses, both within the Borough and beyond.
    Great music, great people, great fun!

All rehearsals take place at the  Solihull Music Service, Daylesford Road, Solihull. B92 8EJ.

Please look at the list of the many ensembles we offer and if you would like to join one of the groups please talk to your music teacher or contact the

Music Service at: messages.solmus.solgrid.org.uk or phone 0121 743 2483

Ensembles – Monday
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Wind Starters

Wind Starters is open to all players who have had just one term of tuition and have a range of five notes. Rehearsals focus on having a good time, learning to play together and develop skills like watching the conductor and play with dynamic contrast.
Conductor: Mr A Jones
Rehearsal time: Mondays from 4:30pm to 5:40pm
Location: Lower School Hall

Junior Winds

Junior Winds is open to all players who have had at least a year’s worth of tuition and some ensemble experience. Usually players move up to Junior Winds after one year in Wind Starters. The repertoire is using more challenging rhythms and accidentals, but still the emphasis is on enjoying the experience of playing together!
Conductor: Mr M Sharpe and Mr R Salt
Rehearsal time: Mondays from 4:30pm to 5:40pm
Location: Lower school dining area

Solihull Concert Winds

This is the intermediate wind band. It is expected that the members of SCW will have the skills in place to be able to tackle more advanced repertoire. They should be prepared to play music with 3 or 4 flats or sharps, and be comfortable with pieces of grade 3 standard. Players should play with expression, a wide range of dynamics and awareness of articulation. Players are accepted by audition.
Conductor: Mr M Sharpe
Rehearsal time: Mondays from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: Lower School Dining Area

Solihull Youth Wind Orchestra

SYWO is the top wind orchestra of Solihull Music Service. The standard of the orchestra requires the members to be dedicated and play at the top of their ability. It is expected that the members will have the skills in place to be able to tackle advanced repertoire. They should be prepared to play music with 5 or 6 flats or sharps, and be comfortable with pieces of grade 5-6 standard. Players should play with expression, with a wide range of dynamics and awareness of articulation. The orchestra performs in prestigious venues such as Symphony Hall. Players are accepted by audition.
Conductor: Mr K Allen
Rehearsal time: Mondays from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Location: Lower School Hall

Ensembles – Tuesday

First Frets

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The entry level guitar ensemble, with the emphasis on every player having music to suit their own ability.
Directed by Mrs A Bennett and Mr M Webb
Rehearsal time: Tuesdays from 4:30pm to 5:40pm
Location: Dining Area
Required level of playing:at least a terms worth of lessons and a note vocabulary of G – A’. The ability and the will to try to read and play from musical stave notation is encouraged.

Guitarristas
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For Guitarists of Grade 2 ability.
Conductor: Mr M Webb and Mr S Edwards
Rehearsal time: Tuesdays from 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Location: Dining Area
Required level of playing: The ability to read and play from stave notation in basic first position. A working knowledge of bass notes and notes found above fret 5 on string 1 on the higher leger lines. Knowledge of simple guitar chords is beneficial.

Strumtastic

This is the upper intermediate group of Solihull’s four guitar groups. Members are aged between 11 and 15, and play at around grade 3 level.
Conductor: Mr R Thomas
Rehearsal time: Tuesdays from 6:00pm to 7:45pm
Location: M101
Required level of playing: All notes in first position – including bass notes – ability to read and play confidently there. Ability to play up the fingerboard up to the 12th fret. Playing in 5th, 7th and 9th position. The enthusiasm, application and will to improve your playing and the whole group’s sound. Playing out and ‘projecting’ sound is critical.

B92’s Steel Band

This is the Borough’s senior steel band, playing traditional and contemporary pan music.
Conductor: Mr P Collier
Rehearsal time: Tuesdays from 6:00pm to 8.00pm
Location: Lower School Hall

Senior Brass Ensemble (SBE)

This new group is made up of the most talented brass students in the Borough, giving them the opportunity to perform chamber music at the highest level.
Conductor: Mr R Bull
Rehearsal time: Tuesdays from 6:00pm to 8.00pm
Location: L106

Second Winds

Second Winds is an intermediate chamber ensemble for woodwind players of grade 3-4 standard. Members are accepted by audition. The players get the opportunity to play individual parts in an ensemble and get to develop intonation, dynamics and ensemble skills in an enjoyable atmosphere. The ensemble performs as part of SMS concerts several times a year.
Conductor: Miss J Ebbon
Rehearsal time: Wednesdays from 6:00pm to 7.45pm
Location: The learning centre

iSaxs

An enthusiastic group of advanced saxophonists, playing a diverse repertoire.
Conductor: Mrs S Simpson
Rehearsal time: Tuesdays from 6:00pm to 7.30pm
Location: M102

Ensembles – Wednesday

Superstrings

Superstrings is especially for young players in their first few years of learning a string instrument. The focus is on enjoying playing music together and children will be able to reinforce basic string techniques in a positive and supportive atmosphere.
Conductor: Miss E Gosling
Rehearsal time: 4:30pm to 5.40pm
Location: Lower School Hall

Allegro Strings

Allegro Strings caters for young string players who are working at a level between Grades 1-3. Pupils develop their ensemble skills, learning to listen to each other and watch the conductor whilst playing an appealing choice of repertoire.
Conductor: Mrs A Hawthorne
Rehearsal time: 4:30pm – 5.40pm
Location: Dining Hall

Con Brio Strings

Con Brio Strings is aimed at intermediate to advanced level players (approximately Grade 3-7). Players further develop their ensemble skills and build on string techniques appropriate to their level (position changing, vibrato, bow strokes and articulation), preparing them for tackling more advanced repertoire.
Conductor: Mrs C Aylward
Rehearsal time: 6:00pm to 8.00pm
Location: Lower School Hall

Vivace Strings

Vivace Strings was formed in September 2008 to provide the opportunity for the most advanced string players to tackle challenging works from the standard repertory. Entry is by audition and players are expected to be of a good grade 7 standard with experience of ensemble playing and awareness of different styles.
Conductor: Mrs A Hawthorn
Rehearsal time: 6:00pm to 8.00pm
Location:The Hub

Ensembles – Thursday

Junior Brass Band

Conductor: Mr R Bull and Mr A Lancaster
Rehearsal time: Thursdays from 4.30pm – 5.40pm
Location: Dining Area

Junior Jazz Matters
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Conductor: Mr A Jones
Rehearsal time: Thursdays from 4.15pm – 5.40pm
Location:Lower School Hall

Solihull Youth Brass Band (SYBB)

SYBB is made up of pupils from across the Borough who are at Grade 2 standard and above. They perform regularly in Solihull and Birmingham, using repertoire that ranges from traditional brass band music to arrangements of film and popular music.
Conductor: Mr R Bull
Rehearsal time: Thursdays from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: Dining Area

Solihull Children’s Chorus

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Conductor: Mr Fifer
Rehearsal time: 5.00pm – 6.45pm
Location: Rehearsal Room

Solihull Children’s Chorus (Training Choir)

Conductor: Mr Fifer
Rehearsal time: 5.00pm – 6.15pm
Location: L101

Jazz Matters
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This Solihull’s Premier jazz ensemble. Players are expected to be of a high standard, as they will be playing challenging music and be learning to improvise.
Conductor: Mr A Jones
Rehearsal time: Thursdays from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: Lower School Hall

Soul Matters
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This is one of Solihull’s most successful gigging groups. The band regularly performs around the West Midlands, playing music from the 60’s to the present day. They have played at such venues as the Royal Albert Hall, NIA, NEC, Birmingham Town Hall, The O2 and Wembley Stadium.
Conductor: Mr R Jones
Rehearsal time: Thursdays from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: Rehearsal Room
Website: http://www.rockandpop.org.uk

Chamber Music
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Chamber Music Groups

Chamber music coaching for invited members of Vivace Stings and Con Brio Strings. Participation is by audition in the summer term.
Rehearsal time: Thursday 5.45pm – 7.15pm.
If you would like any information about our exciting chamber music programme, please contact Miss Gosling at the Solihull Music Service.

If you wish to become a member of one of our bands please complete a consent form and bring it along with you on the relevant evening:

Conductor: Miss E Gosling

 

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