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Following the performance of Haydn's Nelson Mass in the English Haydn Festival in Bridgnorth on Sunday 12th June (see review below), we held a Concert of opera choruses and arias, on Saturday 25th June  - see concert programme


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We resumed singing on Monday 5th September at 7.15pm in the Maidment, rehearsing for  Poulenc's Gloria  in the St Cecilia Concerts on 12th and 13th November. 


"particular vividness and strength" 
Review of Nelson Mass at the English Haydn Festival,
by Anthony Hodgson in Classical Source

John Moore, Director of Music at Shrewsbury School, regularly conducts the closing choral concert. This year his Haydn Festival Chorus sang with particular vividness and strength in ‘Nelson’ Mass. I understand that John Moore normally uses the original version in which Haydn uses scoring comprising three trumpets, timpani, organ and strings. Haydn permitted his colleague Johann Nepomuk Fuchs to add woodwind instruments and in 1803 Breitkopf published a questionable edition which may have been re-orchestrated by someone else. Moore returned to the Fuchs version. The ‘Nelson’ Mass has interesting features which differ from Haydn’s other ‘late’ works in this form: the chorus is used to a greater extent and the soprano is featured extensively. The bass has some individual passages but contralto and tenor are subsidiary. It is not until the ‘Agnus Dei’ that the vocal quartet is highlighted, and as the soloists stood to sing, sunlight suddenly shone through a window, brightly illuminating them. Although I question the somewhat declamatory style adopted by the male singers, soprano Natalie Clifton-Griffiths’s mellifluous singing was touchingly sensitive. The choral contribution was crisp and at-one with Moore’s convincingly direct interpretation.

 

(Italicisation by JND)


REVIEW of Verdi's Requiem in Birmingham on Sunday 28th February:

“As an example of corporate music-making, this concert must surely rank as the finest ever put on by the School.”

".....the choir summoned up a volume that was the personification of wrath, shattering in effect, yet never coarse in tone. Throughout the work, they proved capable of inspiring awe, be it fierce and threatening or quietly spiritual......"

Please see review of our Verdi Requiem performance on 28 February


 

 

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 on 23 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 120 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