Rehearsals start at the beginning of September and continue until the summer concert in June, with breaks of about three weeks at Christmas and two weeks at Easter. There are usually four concerts a year, which take place in various venues in and around Solihull. The rehearsal starts with a short warm-up, and then it’s heads down for some hard, but enjoyable, work. We break for coffee part way through, which is a good opportunity for getting to know each other and catching up on news. There is also an afternoon rehearsal on the day of the concert, at the concert venue.