A PROFESSIONAL Kidderminster orchestra will be hitting the right notes in Shrewsbury later this month.

The Kidderminster Festival Orchestra (TKFO) will perform a Sunday matinee concert at Shrewsbury’s Theatre Severn on June 17 at 3pm.

TKFO, made up of 30 musicians from the Midlands and London, will open with The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba and will also perform pieces including Vivaldi Piccolo Concerto in C major, Marriage of Figaro Overture and the “Surprise” symphony of Haydn.

The group made its debut in Kidderminster last year and was formed with the intention of providing a professional orchestra in North Worcestershire, South Staffordshire, Shropshire and Herefordshire.

It is based at Kidderminster Town Hall and has been supported by the Musicians’ Union.

Founder and Artistic Director, Annette Jackson, said: “I have conducted a great deal in Spain, and have spent a lot of my career working in specialist music schools.

“I was Assistant Director of Music to the Purcell School, England’s first special school for musically gifted children, which is a training ground for several BBC Young Musicians of the Year.

“It is this ethos that I want to bring to TKFO as we develop, and so encouraging young musicians to flourish.”

Musicians’ Union Regional Organiser, Stephen Brown added: “We have supported TKFO with advice and encouragement to ensure that England’s newest provincial professional Orchestra gets the best start it can.

“I’d urge the public to sample the delights of this professional Orchestra so they can say ‘I was there at the start’.”

For tickets to the Shrewsbury performance, visit http://www.theatresevern.co.uk/shows/opera/kidderminster-festival-orchestra/