MUSICAL Solihull School students played a jubilant tune as they witnessed the start of construction work on a £3 million state-of-the-art music centre.
The new School of Music is scheduled for completion in September 2009, in time for school's 450th anniversary in 2010
Head teacher Phillip Griffiths helped cut the first turf for the new teaching, recital and recording facilities.
He said: "I am delighted to see the start of work on the final element of a performing arts quarter that I believe will be amongst the best in the country.
"The new music school will reinforce our commitment to offering successive generations of pupils the highest quality learning experience, and provide a fitting landmark to celebrate our 450th anniversary."
The two-storey stand-alone facility has been designed by Birmingham-based Malcolm Payne Group and is being built by Knowle-based Greswolde Construction.
The investment was paid for by the school's endowment fund and follows a £220,000 revamp of the school's 40-year-old chapel organ earlier this year.