Shropshire Charity Concerts Incorporating Shrewsbury School Community Choir

Welcome to the Shrewsbury School Community Choir web site

We are a friendly, non-auditioning choir aiming to perform a wide range of classical and contemporary choral works to a high standard:

  • we are able to use unrivalled reheasal and performance facilities;
  • we are led by the charismatic and highly experienced John Moore, Director of Music at Shrewsbury School;
  • we are supported by the Shrewsbury School Music Department and Orchestra;
  • we also perform with the Shrewsbury Symphony Orchestra;
  • we give at least four concerts each year, including:
    • under the Shropshire Charity Concerts banner, Handel's Messiah in December in Shrewsbury Abbey to raise money for local and national good causes
    • at a major National Festival with world class musicians

The Choir was formed in 1982 and is now some 170 strong.

Please see further information on the About Us page

Singers who would like to join are invited to contact us by clicking here or the Contact Us tab at the top

Thanks to all who made our performance of Bach's dramatic, beautiful St John Passion such a resounding success at Shrewsbury Abbey on 13th April.


On 22 June we will be singing Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle in the Alington Hall.
Rehearsals start on Monday 29th Apr in the Maidment at 7.15 pm
See Calendar and Rehearsals pages.

We will be using the Ricordi edition, as previousy. 
If you wish to take part, please check whether you have a 
Ricordi score already.  Either the full vocal score or choral part version will be fine.

To order a new score through the choir:
Full vocal score edition will be £10 per copy. These will be available to purchase & collect at our first rehearsal for the Rossini.  

Please note carefully that a request to order a copy through the choir comes with the commitment to buy that copy as a result of your specific request.  We do not hire copies, nor does the choir hold a stock of extra copies.
‚ÄčIf you would like to add your name to the order list, please
 email  no later than the end of Monday 15th April.

Subs will be £35.00, or if you are including your score then £45.00
Please pay by BACS to Barclays, A/C 43526062 
Sort Code 20-77-85.  Please include your name in the details you provide when paying your subscription so we can easily track your payment, and let us know by e-mail.
If by cheque, payable to Shropshire Charity Concerts with your name on the back.
No cash please - any problems, contact 
or 07786 195222. 

The English Haydn Festival this year will not include a choral concert. 

On 25 March we were delighted to present cheques to the three local charities from our Messiah concert: 
Midlands Air Ambulance, Sight Loss Shropshire and Wheels 2 Work. 

Did you know that singing makes us healthier?  !

Looking back.....

AUTUMN  2018
The Annual General Meeting of Shropshire Charity Concerts was held on 10th December. The documents may be found here 

Messiah at Shrewsbury Abbey on 22nd December raised money for the Midlands Air Ambulance, Wheels to Work, and Sight Loss Shropshire. The 30th time the choir has sung it and by all accounts, the best yet! 
John Moore spoke on Radio Shropshire on 19 December,  (10:00 to 49:04), including the history of Messiah and its connections with the school. Heartily recommended! 

Haydn's Paukenmesse at the November St Cecilia Concerts was performed to great acclaim. 

Wilfred Owen Concert (Bob Chilcott) November 4th at Theatre Severn.
Our performance was broadcast on Radio Shropshire on Sunday 11 November at 2000.
.... a remarkable evening; beautiful music and superb performances from local musicians .. young and old. Andrew Petch, Shropshire Star
A performance with the BBC singers was broadcast on Radio 3 on 11 November at 2230

'Mozart' Concert:
Thank you for an excellent concert on 29 April

Haydn Festival Choir:  Creation 9 June
Antony Hodgson's review (extract below):
John Moore has performed The Creation at the Festival on many occasions. The Haydn Festival Chorus... responded to his direction with immediacy and admirable accuracy. I felt this to be one of his finest performances; his familiarity with the work over so long a time .... brought him new insights year by year

IN 2017......

Handel Messiah
: Christmas Concert, The Abbey, 23rd December
Thanks to all who made this a great success.
Presentations were made on 19th February to:
The League of Friends of the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital MRI scanner appeal; Dancing for Parkinsons Shrewsbury, and The Friends of the Samaritans.

Bach Magnificat on 11 and 12 November 2017, in support of the School’s charities Shewsy House in Everton, and Medic Malawi .
Review by Mr Fraser-Andrews: ..... despite the piece’s considerable complexities, the massed forces of the Shrewsbury School Community Choir and orchestra carried it off with indefatigable aplomb and the highest ideals of musicianship...

On 11 September 2017 presentations were made to The Severn Hospice, from our Easter performance of Bach's St John Passion 

Community Choir singers sang in Byrd's Mass for 4 voices  at Oxon Church on 2 July 2017.

As the English Haydn Festival Chorus,
Michael Haydn's C minor Requiem 
in Bridgnorth on 11 June 2017
"a very successful choice" 
(Antony Hodgson's review in Classical Source)

Summer Garden Party!
- please see News Page