MENU Shropshire Charity Concerts Incorporating Shrewsbury School Community Choir

JOHN MOORE - Music Director and Conductor

After studying music at the University of East Anglia, John studied piano accompaniment and as a repetiteur at the Royal Academy of Music for two years before entering the teaching profession in Scotland. Whilst in Scotland John was musical director of the Bohemian Lyric Opera Company, Edinburgh Grand Opera, co-founder and musical director of the Edinburgh Music Theatre, conductor of the New Scottish Concert Choir and, for two years, chorus master to the Aberdeen International Youth Music Festival. He also appeared frequently as a continuo player with Kist of Music, as accompanist to the Scottish soprano Mary Sandeman and latterly as conductor with the Edinburgh Contemporary Arts Trust.

On moving to Shropshire John was appointed Director of Music at Shrewsbury School in 1989, since when he has been in charge of an increasingly large and thriving department.  In addition he has written music for several BBC, S4C and Channel 4 programmes and has completed several highly successful youth musicals for pupils at Shrewsbury School, many of which have received excellent reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe and other performing venues. His creation, Great Expectations was premiered in November 2015 at the Ashton Theatre and appeared at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2016.

John is also conductor of the Shrewsbury Symphony Orchestra and has conducted highly acclaimed concerts at both the Abbey and Shrewsbury School's Alington Hall; he co-founded and chaired the Shrewsbury Summer Season, and has also been guest conductor at the English Haydn Festival, Bridgnorth, in several acclaimed performances of the composer's Masses, the Creation and the Seasons. John was an original member of the satirical trio, Three Men in a Bow Tie, and also a founder member and musical director of Severn Opera, which gave its inaugural performances of The Bear by Sir William Walton at the Ashton Theatre, Shrewsbury School in 2007.

For further information please call the Shrewsbury School Music Department on 01743-280810.