Useful Links


 Other websites and links that might be of interest (in no particular order) :

Omega Music

When the Solway Sinfonia needs a piano for a concert, we hire from Omega Music.  For many years, Omega Music has boasted an extensive piano department, offering both new and reconditioned instruments, piano restoration and hire services.  Their piano hire fleet is regularly used by the Northern Sinfonia, as well as opera groups, music festivals and entertainment venues across the North of England.


British Double Reed Society

The British Double Reed Society is a non-profit-making organisation established to further the interests of all involved with the oboe and bassoon.  The BDRS acts as a national forum for debate and the exchange of ideas, information and advice on all aspects of double reed instruments.  It also fulfils an important role in encouraging greater interest in the instruments, and securing their place in the wider cultural and educational environment.


British Horn Society

The British Horn Society is the UK organisation dedicated to the art, craft and fun of French horn playing.  The Society, which is run by horn players, publishes a special magazine, The Horn Player, organises festivals and other special horn playing and study events featuring the best international soloists, and arranges concessions for members from leading orchestras and retailers.


Making Music

Making Music represents and supports amateur and semi-professional music groups of all genres throughout the United Kingdom.  They provide a comprehensive range of artistic and administrative services and development and training opportunities.  Making Music also lobbies on behalf of its members to national and local government and other agencies.


Band Supplies

Band Supplies, of 13-15 Old Dumbarton Road, Glasgow G3 8QY (tel: 0141 339 9400, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) supplied us with our new Adams copper timpani.  Ronnie was most helpful ironing out some glitches in their supply and delivery.


D&G Arts Festival

The Dumfries & Galloway 10-day Arts Festival takes place annually at the end of May.  It offers a wide range of events: music, including classical, jazz and folk, dance, theatre, literary, children’s plus the visual arts and films.  Events take place in a range of venues throughout the region, from large to small, formal to informal, urban to rural. is a website that lists concerts and events all over the UK.  It is used by ClassicFM as their catalogue of live music events.



MuseScore is a leading software to create, play and print sheet music. It is free and open source music notation software that runs on Windows, Mac and Linux. MuseScore is easy to use and it provides a way of sharing scores online via You can find out more about MuseScore and download it for free from


Phillip Solomon Violins Phil is a former player with the orchestra.  He is based in Dumfries and Galloway at Portwilliam, but his business as a violin dealer and repairer takes him regularly to London and Glasgow.  The core of his business is selling violins, but he also carries out repairs for the trade and for private individuals.  See his business Facebook page here  He can also be reached on 07775431232 and at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

James Rawes Violins James Rawes is a violin maker and restorer in the Carlisle area who supplies a complete range of violins, violas and cellos, and string accessories.  He can supply instruments from modest violin outfits for young players, to antique and refurbished instruments and indeed you may even consider an individually commissioned instrument.


Hattericks House Design  Ken Smyth of Hatterick's House Design in Gatehouse of Fleet set up the Solway Sinfonia website and is the first port of call for our design needs.