First Thursday of every month (except August) 13:00 – 13:30
We have a wonderful variety of musicians and singers performing recitals during 2020. We hope you will call in and enjoy the performances each month.
|February 6th||Dorridge Methodist Church Choir|
|March 5th||Marie Curie Hospice Daffodil Choir||Conducted by Stephen Perrins|
|April 2nd||Yu-Mien Sun||Violin|
|May 7th||The Mastoly Quartet|
|June 4th||Stephen Perrins,
Emeritus Director of music at Solihull School
|July 2nd||Solihull School||Music Scholars|
|September 3rd||Linda Bates|
|October 1st||Iain Waddell||Tenor|
|November 5th||Stephen Perrins,
Emeritus Director of music at Solihull School
|December 3rd||Margaret Croucher||Organ|
Dorridge Methodist Church Choir
Thursday February 6th
DMC Choir is at the heart of worship at Dorridge Methodist Church, singing most Sundays. Methodists retain the reputation for being “Born in Song” and this is no exception at DMC where both the congregation and choir sing enthusiastically and from the heart.
Around 18 members of DMC Choir, directed by Judith Bootes, meet weekly for rehearsals and there is also a group of “friends of the choir” who love to augment the choir for special occasions and charity concerts. Over the last 10 years the choir has led a charity concert at DMC “Sing for SoLO” and raised over £15,000 to support our local charity, SoLO Life Opportunities. The choir contribute to special moments for people in and around Dorridge by singing at weddings, baptisms and funerals.
The choir’s repertoire is wide ranging, religious and secular. Our programme in February will share a range of our music with the emphasis towards our religious anthems and some of our secular favourites all of which convey the choir’s love of singing and we hope will enhance your day as you listen to them.
Daffodil Community Choir, Marie Curie Hospice
Thursday March 5th
The Marie Curie Hospice West Midlands Daffodil Community Choir was formed in May 2013. In line with the Hospice’s aims of reaching out to the local community, the choir is a community affair, offering a weekly time for people to come together and sing. The choir is open to anyone and combines a mix of people who are bereaved, patients, family members, hospice volunteers and staff together with people from the local community. In short, anyone who enjoys singing is welcomed!
The idea of creating a choir was the brainchild of Jane Murray, Adult Bereavement Support Co-Ordinator. The choir is conducted by Stephen Perrins who for 23 years was Director of Music at Solihull School before his retirement in 2015. With approaching retirement from school life, Stephen was recruited by Jane following a conversation with Stephen’s wife Sarah, who herself volunteers as a member of the Bereavement Support Team. With a choir training diploma, vast musical experience and boundless enthusiasm, Stephen aims to bring music alive, even to those who would claim that they cannot sing!
In the early days there were 8-12 singers each week. Gradually as the word spread that singing is fun, friends and relatives of those dozen founding singers came along and now the choir regularly sees 60 members braving all weathers to sing together. The choir meets once a week on a Tuesday evening from 7-8.30 preceded by ‘social’ time from 6.30 to simply have a chat over a cup of coffee.
The choir performs regularly in the hospice for patients, families and the community and has since been invited to sing at several events in the Solihull Borough. In August 2017 the choir recorded a CD as part of a nationwide project for ‘Choirs With Purpose’.
The choir is delighted to be singing once again at Solihull Methodist Church.
Thursday April 2nd
Yu-Mien Sun has established herself as a sought after young artist of her generation – praised for her sensitive approach and sincere musicality.
Sun graduated from Birmingham Conservatoire with a first Class honours degree in 2017, where she received the Principal’s Prize awarded by Julian Lloyd Webber, and won a number of international competitions. Sun later went on to study in the Royal Academy of Music, where she graduated with a Distinction in Master of Arts and DipRAM for an outstanding final recital. While still a student, Sun had the privilege of playing in the Master Classes given by the likes of Pinchas Zukerman and Leonidas Kavakos.
Her active performing career has taken her to prestigious venues in the UK, including the Royal Albert Hall, Barbican Hall, Symphony Hall and a number of BBC TV broadcasts. Recent highlights include the release of her CD ‘Reverie’ with Naxos Records and performances for Classic FM with composer Tamara Konstantin and cellist Jiakin Cheng.
The Mastoly Quartet
Thursday May 7th
Lynne Hodgson – Trumpet;
Tony Miller – Trombone;
Stephen Mayes – French Horn;
Margaret Croucher – Piano/Organ
The Quartet began its life, in 2013, as THE LYNTS BRASS TRIO. Lynne, Tony and Stephen met at Solihull Symphony Orchestra and formed the trio to play the Sonata for Horn, Trumpet and Trombone by Poulenc.
In the autumn of 2017 they asked Margaret to fill a “guest spot” at one of their concerts and the rest, they say, is history. In 2018, The Mastoly Quartet was formed.
They perform concerts, free of charge, and aim to raise money for charities and deserving causes.
Please see their website – www.mastolyquartet.co.uk
You can also follow “The Mastoly Quartet” on Facebook.
Thursdays June 4th & November 5th
Stephen began his musical education as a chorister at Coventry Cathedral. He studied piano and organ while at school then went on to read music at Cambridge University as organ scholar of Peterhouse. After graduating, Stephen joined the music staff of The Howard School, Rainham, Kent.
Awarded the Royal College of Organists’ Choirmaster’s Diploma, Stephen returned to Coventry as Director of Music at King Henry VIII School and at the same time was also an assistant organist at the Cathedral, assistant director and organist to the Cathedral Chapter House Choir as well as working with the Cathedral’s choral society. Stephen was also Musical Director of the Warwick and Kenilworth Choral Society during this period.
Following a move to Sussex as Director of Music at Ardingly College, Stephen returned to the Midlands as Director of Music at Solihull School, a post he held until his retirement, now holding the grand title of Emeritus Director of Music!
Stephen is a frequent organist at several local churches including Saint Mary’s, Lapworth and Saint Alphege, Solihull.
Music Scholars of Solihull School
Thursday July 2nd
Musical activity at Solihull School is thriving and wide-ranging, both in and out of the classroom. The School’s staff of full time academic musicians is supported by a large team of specialist vocal and instrumental tutors. Choirs, orchestras and ensembles abound, with an extraordinarily large number of pupils involved in music making of one kind or another. The School has a strong tradition of leavers going on to study music at university or the principal music colleges in England, with many former pupils engaged in musical careers as teachers or performers.
Today’s performance offers some of our Music Scholars a lovely opportunity to perform out of school and to showcase their hard work in preparing for today’s lunchtime recital.
Thursday September 3rd
Linda’s love for singing developed while performing with SMASH as a child and teenager. After two years training in musical theatre and drama at Arts Educational School in Tring, Linda focused on choral music at university, singing with Trinity Hall chapel choir and King’s Voices, the mixed voice choir of King’s College Chapel.
Now, once again a member of SMASH and a contributor to church music, Linda shares her love of singing with others, running weekly sing and sign sessions at Solihull Children’s Special Needs Association playgroup, and leading SoLO choir for teenagers and adults with learning disabilities.
Thursday October 1st
Iain’s interest in singing began when he took up folk singing in his early twenties, something which took him to Edinburgh and The Festival Fringe and a number of years later to the Royal Albert Hall where he sang two songs unaccompanied.
He also, around this time, developed an interest in appearing on stage, first of all in Scout Gang Shows and then in musicals, appearing in Camelot, South Pacific, and West Side Story before taking on his first principal role – that of Freddy in My Fair Lady. Other roles followed before he left Aberdeen.
On his arrival in Solihull he once again got involved in Gang Show, this time directing and he helped set up SMASH with Peter and Judith Farndon. He also continued to take part in musicals and Gilbert and Sullivan operas. He has taken on various roles including Curly in Oklahoma, Marco in The Gondoliers, Nanki Poo in The Mikado and Beauregard Jackson in Mame.
These days Iain alternates his appearances in musicals with directing. He has recently directed The Mikado, Brigadoon, and the Broadway version of The Pirates of Penzance [for which the Society concerned received a regional award from the National Operatic and Dramatic Association].
Thursday December 3rd
Margaret began learning piano at the age of 5 after her mother became frustrated with her playing melodies by ear on the piano. She learned for the next 13 years with Irene Badger, working her way through the grades and performing in the Birmingham Music Festivals each year.
She did not want to pursue a career in performance and so she turned to teaching, training in Hampshire and carrying on her piano studies with John Talbot. She graduated from Southampton University and, having been offered a job she returned to Birmingham. Whilst teaching she continued her studies at Trinity College of Music in London obtaining three further diplomas.
She has also been a church organist for 20+ years. After taking early retirement from teaching Margaret became freelance, this enabled her to follow her love of accompanying and, following the death of John Joubert in January 2019, she became the President of ‘The Heart of England Singers’.