About the orchestra
Shropshire Chamber Orchestra is a group of enthusiastic musicians who came together to perform muic mainly from the Classical symphonic repertoire and Baroque concertos. Part of our programme of concerts is to help raise money for charities.
The orchestra grew out of a collaboration between Shifnal Chorale and the Telford Orchestra. In March 2009 the orchestra formed under the umbrella of Julia Johnson’s ensemble Pro Musica and presented its first full concert in October 2009 at Holy Trinity, Much Wenlock. It was at this stage we felt the orchestra needed its own identity.
The name reflects our location and soloists are usually regular players with the orchestra.
We have performed for a number of charities including Hope House, Air Ambulance and Medic Malawi.
Making music happen
Paul Kelly started his conducting career studying with George Hurst at Canford Summer School and later became a private pupil of Ezra Rachlin, a former assistant to Fritz Reiner. He is Musical Director of Shifnal Chorale, Much Wenlock Male Voice Choir and Church Stretton Choral Society.
Claire was first taught to play the violin by her father and went to study both violin and piano s a Junior Exhibitioner at the Royal Academy of Music. She also leads the Ludlow Orchestra, plays in the Eroica Camerata and gives regular chamber music recitals.
"It's a priviledge to work with such great musicians and I love the baroque and classical repertoire they play." says Chris. He joined the orchestra shortly after moving to Shropshire in 2014. He also plays with Shrewsbury and Wrexham Symphony Orchestras. Highlights with Shropshire Chamber Orchestra include Vivaldi's bassoon concerto in e minor and Telemann's concerto for two oboes and trumpet.