Shropshire Charity Concerts
Shrewsbury School Community Choir
Registered Charity 1128247

The choir pictured before the performance of Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle on 10 May 2014 in the Alington Hall                    Picture by Jim Hawkins      

About us

The Shrewsbury School Community Choir, now about 120 strong, was formed in 1982 by the former Head of Music, Andrew Auster, to introduce some outside interest in the Shrewsbury School Music Department, and to get external interaction with the students, who not only provide our orchestral accompaniment and soloists for in-school concerts but also join us to sing in some performances.

We are a non-auditioning choir aiming to perform a wide range of classical and contemporary choral works to a high standard at four performances a year.  The two in-school concerts, held at the end of the Lent and Michaelmas Terms, are performed in the Alington Hall.  Under the Shropshire Charity Concerts banner the choir perform Handel's Messiah each year on 23rd December in Shrewsbury Abbey to raise money for local and national good causes.  A core of around 60 choir members traditionally formed a Festival Chorus to perform major oratorios in St Chad's Church as part of the Shrewsbury Summer Season between 2005 and 2010.  As the Haydn Festival Chorus we again returned to Bridgnorth to perform The Creation at the English Haydn Festival's closing gala concert in June 2013, the Paukenmesse in 2014 and The Seasons on the penultimate evening of the 2015 festival.  These are non-charitable concerts which are eligible for sponsorship by local businesses and the Arts Council. The full choir performed various works in 3 consecutive spring concerts between 2010 and 2012 in Birmingham Town Hall, accompanied by the Shrewsbury School orchestra, and a major concert performance of Verdi's Aida in March 2013, accompanied by the Shrewsbury Symphony Orchestra, in their 125th Anniversary year, in Shrewsbury Abbey, where a performance of Beethoven's 9th took place in June 2015.

Singers who would like to join are invited to contact us via the link on the menu above. 


               The Alington Hall, venue for the Spring and Autumn concerts

                        Rehearsal info here           Latest news here

                         The choir performing at the 2015 St Cecilia Concerts            photo by Roy Haworth




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