Mourners are expected to fill Solihull Methodist Church today (Friday) to pay their respects to one of Solihull’s ‘musical leading lights.’
Jennifer Wardman, who was awarded a Civic Honour in 2011 and is remembered for her tireless contribution to amateur dramatics in the borough, passed away on September 22.
The musical stalwart was involved with many of the borough’s best known troupes, including Solihull Theatre Company and St Alphege Musical Production Society (STAMPS). She also directed and produced for Knowle Operatic Society.
Jennifer, who was in her 70s when she died, also ran two choirs, hosted charity functions and taught in her own home.
Chris Macrow, chairman and founder of Solihull Theatre Company, paid tribute to ‘a dear friend.’
“Jennifer was instrumental in setting up Solihull Theatre Company. She was a vibrant lady, an inspiration. She always demanded perfection but had a great sense of humour with it. She was extremely talented and her energy levels were extraordinary.”
Kathy Lovell, secretary of STAMPS, added: “Jennifer’s massive contribution to amateur theatre and her talents as musical director, choreographer, producer and accompanist have been experienced throughout the borough of Solihull and beyond.
“A sad day for all who knew her - she will be greatly missed and never, ever forgotten.”
Dave Pinwell, who had been a member of Jennifer’s Victorian Follies Group for 25 years, described her as ‘Solihull’s musical leading light.’
Jennifer directed a production of Mikado in 2002 for Knowle Operatic Society’s 40th anniversary.
Committee member Janet Seabridge said: “Jennifer was a very talented lady. Music was her life. She was involved with a lot of groups and produced and directed for us over the years.
“She will be greatly missed by a lot of people.”
Jennifer’s family are holding a private funeral service and the memorial service will follow at 2.30pm, which is open to all.