OUR STORY SO FAR
ENGLAND'S NEWEST PROFESSIONAL ORCHESTRA IN DECADES
TKFO is England’s first new professional Chamber Orchestra in decades. It consists of some 30 extraordinarily gifted professional Midland and London musicians, each with their own amazing story, who came together in 2017 under their Artistic Director - Annette Jackson - to both public and critical acclaim. This medium sized ensemble has the capacity to perform to the highest standard the challenging music from the Baroque through to the early Romantics, and from the 20th century to the present day. TKFO was formed with the specific intention of placing a top class professional orchestra into what many regard as the much culturally neglected area of North Worcestershire, South Staffordshire, Shropshire and Herefordshire. It is a brand new orchestra with a mission. Kidderminster have given the use of their magnificent Town Hall as a base of operations due to its central location in the area to enable top quality musicians from across the Midlands, to come together for rehearsals and some of their performances (hence the name Kidderminster being in the title).
The Artistic Director's background is in composition, conducting (mainly with major Spanish orchestras) and teaching. It is the teaching experience in establishments such as the Purcell School that has influenced her in forming, with the assistance of Julian Lloyd Webber (Principal of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire), the TKFO Young Graduate Programme. “It is our way of introducing young gifted performers into permanent seats within the orchestra and, to ensure that there are opportunities for the next generation of our young gifted musicians to join the profession” says Annette.
The Musician’s Union Regional Organiser, Stephen Brown says “We have supported TKFO with advice and encouragement to ensure that England’s newest Provincial Professional Orchestra gets the best start it can. No one should underestimate the determination and difficulties involved in establishing such an ensemble, or just how gifted the musicians are who have come on board to make it happen. I’d urge the public to sample the delights of this professional Chamber Orchestra so they can say ‘I was there at the start’.” Some of the excellent reviews, along with other information, may be found on this site.