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 Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle on 22 June such a rip-roaring success!

Rehearsals for Bob Chilcott's Requiem commenced on Monday 2nd September.  The performance will be at the St Cecilia concerts on Saturday and Sunday 16/17 November.

See also the Calendar and Rehearsals pages.

Joan Kenyon, our Librarian, ordered scores for purchase and collection on the 2nd, if you emailed her before 19 August.  Please remember that those requests were a commitment to buy that copy, and the choir neither has extra or hire copies.  

Subscriptions £35.  Pre-ordered scores £10. 
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.  We have to record cheque payments in four different places and it is more difficult to track individual payments.  Each term we process about 100 cheques, which takes up a lot of time.  Also, once you have set up the payment in your online banking it takes just a few seconds to make payments - no more worrying about having your cheque book to hand.
All payments (including any cheques) to Shropshire Charity Concerts
Barclays Bank Sort Code 20-77-85
Account No 43526062 

Important note:  We would appreciate payments on Monday 16th September for the Hodnet visit.  

Following the Chilcott, our annual performance of Handel's Messiah will be on Saturday 21 December.

For the Lent Term, at the school concert on Sunday 22 March we will sing Mass in Blue by Will Todd: a modern jazz based setting of the Latin Mass, with accompaniment of Piano Trio together with the School's Big Band.

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. 

Thanks to all who made our performance of Bach's St John Passion such a resounding success at Shrewsbury Abbey on 13th 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)

Summer Garden Party!
- please see News Page