The Wyre Forest Symphony Orchestra was formed in 1974 and is a local non-professional orchestra serving the towns of Kidderminster, Bewdley and Stourport-on-Severn and the wider community of the Wyre Forest area of the West Midlands. We give three concerts a year, plus other musical events as and when they offer the opportunity.

The conductor is James Lloyd Thomas and the Leader Gillian Pendrous

The Orchestra
James Lloyd Thomas
Gillian Pendrous
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James studied at Trinity College of Music and London University. He holds fellowships from Royal College of Organists and Trinity College London as well as an MA in composition and performance.

He is an experienced Conductor and has worked in Hong Kong and New Zealand. Now a resident of his native town Stourbridge he is Director of Music at St Thomas Church. 


Gillian started playing the Violin at a young age and played in the Lancashire Schools Symphony Orchestra. She then put aside her violin whilst training to become a Doctor. In 2004 she took up the instrument once again and now plays in many Orchestras across the West Midlands. She became our leader in 2018.

New Players are always welcome particuarlly Trumpet and string players

No formal auditions are requested but a standard around grade 7 is usually needed. Please contact us for a trial at info@wfso.org.uk  

Wyre Forest Symphony Orchestra is a registered charity  number 513971

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