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 choir members who gave Roger Mitchell a fitting send-off at his funeral on 20th March.

The Annual General Meeting of Shropshire Charity Concerts was held on 10th December. The documents may be found here 

Did you know that singing makes us healthier?  !



Bach St John Passion
We started rehearsing this dramatic and beautiful work on 14 January.  Our performance, with first rate soloists, will be in Shrewsbury Abbey on Saturday 13th April, a week before Easter.
Tickets (£15) are available from Tom Taylor at Rehearsals;
see also Concerts

(Please see Calendar and Rehearsals pages for details of remaining rehearsals)

Subscriptions and Scores:-
Subscription £35.00;
with pre-ordered score + £9.00 - total £44.00.
Please pay to Barclays, A/C 43526062 PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS HAS CHANGED SINCE LAST YEAR, Sort Code 20-77-85.  Please include your name in the details you provide when paying your subscription so we can easily track your payment, and let us know by e-mail.
Or by cheque, payable to Shropshire Charity Concerts with your name on the back.
Sorry, but cash cannot be accepted.  Any problems, contact 
or 07786 195222.

The English Haydn Festival this year will not include a choral concert; however John plans for the choir to perform the Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle after Easter in the Alington Hall, - more details when they are available.

Looking back.....

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 Mark Elliott's Arts and Culture Show on Radio Shropshire on 19th December,  between 10:00 and 49:04, including the history of Messiah and its connections with the school. Heartily recommended! 

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

Wilfred Owen Concert (Bob Chilcott) November 4th at 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 at 2230 on 11 November

'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 must surely have brought him new insights year by year

IN 2017......

Handel Messiah
: Christmas Concert, The Abbey, 23rd December
Thanks to all who made this a great success.
Presentations were made on 19th February to:
The League of Friends of the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital MRI scanner appeal; Dancing for Parkinsons Shrewsbury, and The Friends of the Samaritans.

Bach Magnificat on 11 and 12 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...

On 11 September 2017 presentations were made to The Severn Hospice, from our Easter performance of Bach's St John Passion 

Community Choir singers sang in Byrd's Mass for 4 voices  at Oxon Church on 2 July 2017.

As the English Haydn Festival Chorus,
Michael Haydn's C minor Requiem 
in Bridgnorth on 11 June 2017
"a very successful choice" 
(Antony Hodgson's review in Classical Source)

Summer Garden Party!
- please see News Page