TKFO Small Benefactors Scheme
(One and a half cups of coffee per week!)
Due to the generosity of one of our supporters and, following research into how other professional orchestras do it, we have - at long last - started a 'TKFO Small Benefactors Scheme'. The astonishing fact is that if 20 people donated the price of one and a half cups of coffee each week (i.e. £20 per month), over a period of one year, this would provide the cost of mounting one concert with the full orchestra each season! Would you like to take an important part in enabling your own professional orchestra to survive and prosper in our area by contributing one and a half coffees per week, or even 3/4 of a cup per week (not in liquid form please!)? Why should the orchestras south of Worcester always be the ones to thrive!? Please click on Supporting Us to find out how you can help!
Young Soloist winner - Gayle Hearn
Many congratulations to Gayle Hearn who has won the inaugural TKFO Young Soloist Platform Prize. She will be performing the Albinoni Oboe Concerto in the Spring Concert on 6th April. You can read more about Gayle here.
New Marketing and Funding Consultant
We are pleased to announce the assistance of Rachel Shepherd as the Marketing and Funding Consultant for the Orchestra. We feel sure that her skills will, within a short period of time, have a highly positive affect upon the financial well-being of the orchestra. Welcome Rachel...
New Principal Second Violin
We are delighted to announce that Eleanor Cooke has been appointed to TKFO as our new Principal of the second violin section. We look forward greatly to the, no doubt, excellent input that she will have on our ensemble. Welcome Eleanor.
Wonderful reactions to the first three concerts
Trevor Tipple MBE - "So much enjoyed this wonderful concert by an amazing group of high calibre musicians. The varied programme was superbly executed throughout. Brandenburg 4 was absolutely stunning, a performance I will not forget. This orchestra under the baton of Annette Jackson is well deserving of praise and should have a secure future when it is fully recognised. I hardly ever put pen to paper but on this occasion felt it was so necessary."
Amanda and Jim Sullivan - "This is to thank you and all the members of The Kidderminster Festival Orchestra for a wonderful concert at Theatre Severn Shrewsbury yesterday afternoon. The standard of live musicianship was truly fabulous and equal to anything that we have heard at Symphony Hall Birmingham (Kurt Masur did actually become airborne once, but personally I wouldn't recommend it). It must make you very proud to lead such talented people."
Peter Knott - "Many thanks for a most enjoyable concert in Shrewsbury this afternoon. Once again the orchestral sound was both rich and incisive, and the soloists were as amazing as in the inaugural concert! I hadn't been to Theatre Severn before; the auditorium perhaps surprisingly has quite an intimate feel to it. As was the case in Kidderminster, I have no doubt that the word will spread from the few who were present in the audience. Lets have some more Classical and Romantic works."
From The Birmingham Post:
"The Kidderminster Festival Orchestra ... produced under (scoreless) Jackson's fluent, clear baton a crisp, fresh sound.", "Horns and trumpets were particularly splendid, and the bassoons coped magnificently with the breathtaking speed Jackson set for the Mozart's Marriage of Figaro Overture ...", "A selection of Baroque items mixed authentic performance practice (excellent harpsichord support, including in Haydn's symphony 'Le Matin', on the cusp of of Baroque and Classical) with the more questionable rich string vibrato ...", "Concertmaster Shulah Oliver was the awesome solo violinist in Bach's Fourth Brandenburg Concerto, joined by the sweet toned, athletic recorders of Michelle Holloway and Katie Allsop, the latter being part of the TKFO's Young Graduate scheme. Alan Thomas was the simply brilliant soloist on a bright instrument in E in a lively account of the Trumpet Concerto by Hummel ... ", "Overall the evening was a triumphant vindication of Annette Jackson's vision ... who conducted with authority and charm."
Christopher Morley - Birmingham Post
From the Seetickets website:
Harvey Will - "Great programme and great performances. This concert far exceeded our expectations. The items selected for the programme were exactly the type of music we like and not a boring piece anywhere. The performance of the conductor and players was also excellent. Well done. One of the best concerts my wife and I have ever attended."
Beechey - "A wonderful event. It is really amazing to be able to hear an orchestra of this calibre in Kidderminster, and a privilege to be present at its inaugural concert. The programme was unusual and it seemed quite a risk not to go for popular favourites, but it certainly paid off, and produced an extremely enjoyable evening. I look forward to many more concerts with The Kidderminster Festival Orchestra. I loved hearing recorders sounding .... well, nothing like they did when I played. And the trumpet concerto was brilliant."
Bard - "Superb performance. What an utter pleasure and delight to be able to enjoy a cultural experience of this standard at a local venue! I would normally have to travel to Birmingham's Symphony Hall to experience performance of this calibre. Top quality and entirely to my taste."