The Soli­hull So­ci­ety of Arts

Solihull News - - LETTERS & EMAILS -

THE restora­tion of the grave of the group’s main founder, Dr Was­sell, has been com­pleted.

The doc­tor was the or­gan­ist at the parish church of St Martin in the Bull Ring in Birm­ing­ham for over 20 years up un­til 1942, when he be­came or­gan­ist at St Alphege, un­til his death in 1949. He also con­ducted the Birm­ing­ham City Po­lice band for over 20 years, and was the au­thor of a num­ber of hymns and mil­i­tary band mu­sic.

He was the main founder of The Soli­hull So­ci­ety of Arts in 1944. The So­ci­ety has made a sub­stan­tial con­tri­bu­tion to the cost of restor­ing his grave. Other con­tri­bu­tions came from pri­vate in­di­vid­u­als.

The Soi­hull So­ci­ety of Arts cel­e­brates its 75th an­niver­sary next year. It has sec­tions for Art, Recorded Mu­sic, Lo­cal His­tory, Drama and Soli­hull on Stage ( both adult and youth), and was founded dur­ing World War Two to im­prove morale on the Home Front.

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