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Solihull Society of Arts

Solihull Society of Arts is a thriving organisation that has been in existence for 70 years. In 2002 it formed a partnership with Alderbrook School. This benefited both parties: the SSA was in need of a new home and Alderbrook School needed to raise £50,000 to gain Arts College Status. This also meant that over the years the school benefitted from additional funding from the Government because of its status. The partnership has been most amicable and was renewed in 2012.

The society has six sections. To find out more about the sections and for information about joining them, Expand the relevant boxes below or go to www.solihullarts.co.uk and click on the links to their websites.

Art Section

Art Section holds two meetings per month, except in July and August, usually on the first and third Monday. We meet at the Gantry which is part of the Edge Gallery at Alderbrook School, Blossomfield Road, Solihull. The meetings start promptly at 7.30pm and end at 9.30pm with a tea break at 8.30pm.

We have demonstrations and talks by professional artists, sketching evenings, critical appraisal evenings of the work of members and usually two exhibitions per year of members' artistic works. In addition we have, in winter, art workshops indoors, either tutored or untutored and in summer members can paint outdoors at chosen venues organised by the society.

Visitors are welcome for an admission fee of £3 and at present our annual subscription is only £25 per year. If you want more information, please ring Pat Ritchie 0121 706 5042 or Pat Coward 0121 705 4379.

Drama Section

Drama Section presents the best in local amateur theatre, ranging from family pantomime to Shakespearean tragedy (with plenty in the middle too!).

Whether you are looking to act, direct, stage manage or just socialise, then the SSA Drama Section will fit the bill perfectly for you.

Our recent hits include a David Bowie reimagining of Romeo and Juliet, Steve Thompson's sharp satire Whipping it Up, and the first ever amateur production of Jez Butterworth's instant classic Jerusalem.

For information about joining or to see a performance go to

Local History Circle

Local History Circle is a group interested in the history of Solihull and the wider West Midlands and Warwickshire areas. We hold meetings from September to April on the third Monday of each month when a talk on local history is given by a visiting speaker.

We meet at the WI Hall, Union Road, Solihull, gathering for refreshments from about 7.15pm, and our talks usually last for about an hour.

We hold an annual dinner in May and there is a joint lecture held in June with the Solihull Archaeology Society. This joint meeting is held on the third Tuesday in June with members gathering from about 7.15 pm. This meeting is held at the John Palmer Hall which is next to the WI Hall.

A programme of visits is also arranged by the Solihull Local History Circle.

For further details, please contact Laurence Ince on 0121 706 0204 or visit website

Recorded Music Circle

Recorded Music Circle is for lovers of music whether it is early, Baroque, classical, romantic or modern.

Programmes are presented by members on superior equipment and so the music is heard with the highest quality sound.

Meetings are on two Tuesdays each month at Alderbrook School at 7.30 p.m., finishing before 10.00 p.m., with a break for refreshments and a chat.

We are a relaxed and friendly group. Check us out before you join by coming to a meeting. For more information see our website at
or email ssarmc@gmail.com
or call 0121 705 1041.

Solihull on Stage

Solihull on Stage meets on Thursday evenings from 7.30 pm to 10.00 pm at Alderbrook School. We are a lively, vibrant and fast-paced amateur musical society.

SOS is continuing to inspire and excite audiences with a broad spectrum of productions ranging from classic Rodgers and Hammerstein to the latest contemporary West End Musicals. Recent shows include 'Jekyll & Hyde', Footloose', Oklahoma', 'West Side Story', and 'Guys and Dolls'. Our performances are always packed with high drama and high energy.

Staged at Solihull Arts Complex, SOS productions attract the very best of the area's producers, directors and choreographers who work with us to give that professional touch. Supported by full orchestra, costumes and sets, we are able to create an unforgettable evening for our audiences and performers alike.

For more information go to our website

SOSage Factory
SOSage Factory is a youth musical theatre group which was formed in 1993 following a production of "Oliver".

It is the youth section of Solihull on Stage and uses its acronym SOS. Each year the young people put on a major production at Solihull Arts Complex with full set, costumes and band. Shows have included 'Bugsy Malone', 'Pirates of Penzance'. 'Les Misérables', 'Guys and Dolls', 'Calamity Jane' and most recently 'Miss Saigon'.

We meet on Saturday afternoons at Knowle United Reformed Church. Over the years nearly 250 young people have taken part, many having gone on to work in theatre. Young people aged 9-18 are eligible to join although there is usually a short waiting list.

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