MENU Shropshire Charity Concerts Incorporating Shrewsbury School Community Choir


The Choir and  its  Mission

Shrewsbury School Community Choir, which has been in existence for over 30 years with its activities and membership also registered as Shropshire Charity Concerts, has some 170 active members in the current year.  We are based in Shrewsbury and have access to music facilities at Shrewsbury School for rehearsals, committee meetings and concerts (through the kind permission of the Headmaster).  The School's Director of Music, John Moore (pictured), is also our Music Director. We also sing regularly at other venues in Shrewsbury and Shropshire and occasionally form smaller choruses to perform at specific events.

Our mission is to advance the study and practice of choral and other music and performing arts, to provide opportunities for high-quality performances for our members and a wide range of other musicians, and through them to foster the musical education and enjoyment of the public. Our annual charity performances of Handel's Messiah in Shrewsbury Abbey provide significant support for worthy causes.

The Community Choir or its representative choruses have also sung as far afield as in Birmingham and in both Lichfield and Liverpool Cathedrals, and we made our fourth appearance since 2010 in Birmingham’s magnificent Town Hall for a performance of the Verdi Requiem in February 2016. Individual members of our choir also sing informally in a variety of other groups in Shropshire and beyond including, periodically, larger choral ensembles singing with professional musicians and conductors at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall with the CBSO and other orchestras.

In particular, since the 1990s, an element of the Community Choir has formed the English Haydn Festival Chorus and the Shrewsbury Festival Chorus, working with period-instrument orchestras. Both ensembles have developed a wide reputation for high-quality performances of major classical choral works, partnering professional musicians and national and international soloists such as Willard White, Catherine Bott, Daniel Norman and Emma Kirkby.   These two festivals have seen us perform most of Haydn’s Masses, his Creation and  Seasons oratorios, and choral works of other composers, including Beethoven, Mozart and Mendelssohn, specialising in the inclusion of their less-frequently heard works.

The Community Choir and its choruses perform some 6 public concerts annually.  In addition to the long-established classics we include in our repertoire choral works of living composers such as John Rutter, Paul Patterson, Karl Jenkins, Alexander L'Estrange, John Moore and even compositions by the Shrewsbury School students.  On a lighter note we have recently given separate concert performances of Alexander L'Estrange's jazz cantatas Zimbe! and Ahoy!, concerts of light classical and popular choruses, summer concerts of a cappella pieces and concert opera performances of Bizet's Carmen and Verdi's Nabucco and Aïda, the latter two with the Shrewsbury Symphony Orchestra.

Please see the list of past concerts we have performed since November 1996 by clicking here

You can also see some reviews of our past concerts by clicking here and listen to a short extract from our performance of Handel's Messiah in Shrewsbury Abbey here

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