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

The Messiah rehearsal will start at 7.15 pm on Monday 16th.  
Following the rehearsal we hope you will stay for wine and mince pies in the Maidment foyer.  
We would appreciate a donation of £3.00 towards the event (correct money please!) and a box will be available in the foyer for this purpose.

Our annual performance of Handel's Messiah will be on Saturday 21 December.
Tickets are available from Ticketsource
This year we will be supporting
The Team Cleo Fund; 
The Swan Room, Shrewsbury Hospital; and
Shrewsbury Music Therapy Unit and Trust Fund

Rehearsals commenced on November 25th.
If you have not paid a membership fee this term but would like to come and take part in the Messiah rehearsals and concert, then we would require a payment of £15.00. 
If anyone requires a Messiah score, please contact Gretchen directly

See also the Calendar and Rehearsals pages.

If possible please pay your subscriptions/ score money online.  This ensures your payment is safely received and automatically recorded into the choir's administrative system.  Once you have set up the payment in your online banking it takes just a few seconds to make payments. Cheque payments have to be recorded in four different places, and take a lot of time to process.  

All payments (including any cheques) to Shropshire Charity Concerts
Barclays Bank Sort Code 20-77-85
Account No 43526062 

PLEASE NOTE: the school campus has unmarked speed humps. Please do take care when walking within the site

For the Lent Term, at the school concert on Sunday 22 March we will be performing 
Rutter's The Mass Of The Children
Gretchen has ordered the scores as requested. The price is £10 per score. 
Please either transfer money to the choir bank account directly or pay by cheque (details above)  when you pick up your scores. No cash will be accepted.  Please arrive in time to collect these before rehearsal begins or at the interval.  

In addition, we have also booked Shrewsbury Abbey to sing again the Bach St John Passion on Saturday 4 April (one week before Easter).

In the summer term we might possibly do a concert on Saturday 20 June 2020, similar to the Rossini Messe Solennelle we sang a couple of months ago. More information on this later. 

Hodnet Hall Gardens choir visit and dinner

The 2019 AGM of Shropshire Charity Concerts was held on 25 November. 

Thank you for the great success of Bob Chilcott's Requiem in Novemberwhich had a overwhelming reaction from the audience.  

Thanks to all who made our performance of Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle in June such a rip-roaring success!

- and similarly to all for our resounding performance of Bach's St John Passion at Shrewsbury Abbey in April.

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
Another great success, with presentations 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)