Music inspired by French can-can, a Russian Cossack dance and an Italian tarantella will feature in the Thames Youth Orchestra Summer Concert tonight, writes Clare Buchanan.

The ensemble of nine professional musicians and more than 70 young players from 17 schools combine large-scale orchestral favourites with new commissions for this year’s annual show.

With something for everyone the concert at All Saints Church in Kingston promises to deliver more of the adventurous programming the orchestra has become so well known for.

The forward-thinking music scores in this term’s programme all have a common link with the Ballets Russes, the influential Paris-based company whose collaborators included Pablo Picasso.

A flavour of street entertainment and circus can be expected from a percussion performance of Satie's Parade, featuring typewriters, cap guns, glass bottles and Acme sirens.

The finale will present Ottorino Respighi's La boutique fantasque, The Magic Toy Shop, based on a collection of piano pieces by Rossini.

Conducted by Simon Ferris, the orchestra play three yearly concerts at the Kingston church, alongside performances at the Royal Albert Hall and Holy Trinity Church in Sloane Square.

Tickets for the concert on Saturday, July 16, at 7.30pm, are £10, with £5 concessions and £20 family tickets available.

For more information phone 07984 417 278.