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 St John Passion such a resounding success at Shrewsbury Abbey on 13th April.

SUMMER CONCERT on 22 June at 7.30pm,
Alington Hall 

Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle 

Tickets £8 including Programme and post-concert drink.
Tickets available at Rehearsals or on the door

"Drop-in" rehearsal in the Maidment on 16 June at 2.30pm. 
Rehearsal on 17th June at 7.00pm in the Maidment. 
Rehearsal on 22nd June at 2pm in the Alington Hall. 

As this is our Summer concert and party, John has suggested we all wear coloured shirts/blouses.
Gentlemen: Coloured shirt and black trousers.
Ladies: Coloured shirt/blouse, black trousers or long black skirt. No scarf

Folders will not be required.

If you do not possess a coloured shirt/blouse, then white would be the alternative, but it would be great if we could look as bright and cheerful as  possible for what is our final celebratory concert of the year before we meet again in the Autumn.

See Calendar and Rehearsals pages.

We are using the Ricordi edition, as previously.
Copies via 

Subs were £35.00, or £45.00 with score
Please pay by BACS to Barclays, A/C 43526062 
Sort Code 20-77-85.  Please include your name in the "details", and e-mail us.
If by cheque, payable to Shropshire Charity Concerts with your name on the back.
No cash please; any problems email 07786 195222.

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

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

Did you know that singing makes us healthier?  !

Looking back.....

AUTUMN  2018
The AGM of Shropshire Charity Concerts was held on 10th December. See documents

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, including the history of Messiah and its connections with the school. 

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

Wilfred Owen Concert (Bob Chilcott) November 4, 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, 23 December
Thanks to all for another great success. Presentations were made to:
RSH League of Friends MRI scanner appeal; Dancing for Parkinsons Shrewsbury, and The Friends of the Samaritans.

Bach Magnificat in 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...

In September 2017 presentations were made to The Severn Hospice, from our Easter Bach St John Passion 

Community Choir singers sang in Byrd's Mass for 4 voices in July 2017.

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

Summer Garden Party!
- please see News Page