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 on 23 December in Shrewsbury Abbey to raise money for local and national good causes  [NB in 2018 this will take place on 22 December because of Abbey services on Sunday 23rd]
    • 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

Please bear with us while the website is being improved to display more clearly.

The Annual General Meeting of Shropshire Charity Concerts was held on Monday 10th December at 7.15pm in the Maidment Auditorium.

AGM documents may be found here 



Messiah, Shrewsbury Abbey on Saturday 22nd December at 7.30
(to avoid a clash with services on Sunday 23rd) 
This will be the 30th consecutive time the choir has sung it! Tickets are available from

John Moore will be speaking on Mark Elliott's Arts and Culture 'The Seven o'clock Show' on Radio Shropshire (96FM) between 7pm and 9pm on Wednesday 19th December. 

Messiah Rehearsal Saturday 22nd December in the Abbey, 3.30 pm until 5 pm. Please be available for the rehearsal at 3.15 pm and allow your voice representatives to help seat you. 

Concert Dress, Scarves and Black Folders
Ladies: long sleeved black top, black trousers/long black skirt, turquoise scarf, black folder.  Scarves have now been allocated.  We do not have any spare scarves, so PLEASE can you make sure you remember to bring them with you on Saturday.

Gentlemen: Black Dinner suit, black bow tie, white shirt.  Black cummerbund (optional), black folder.

Black Folders will be available on Saturday afternoon, please respond to this e-mail if you require one.  If you have any other queries at all, then let Jen know as soon as possible

(see Calendar and Rehearsals pages)

Wilfred Owen Concert (Bob Chilcott) November 4th at Theatre Severn.
Our performance was broadcast on Radio Shropshire on Sunday 11 November, at 2000.
This was a remarkable evening; beautiful music and superb performances from local musicians both young and old. Andrew Petch, Shropshire Star
A performance with the BBC singers was broadcast on Radio 3 on Sunday 11 November at 2230.

Haydn's Paukenmesse (Mass in Time of War) at the St Cecilia Concerts was performed to great acclaim on 24th and 25th November


Choir Subscriptions will now be paid on a term by term basis only.  If you wish to sing in the Autumn term, the first payment of £35.00 (or £44.50 if you wish to include a score for the Haydn) was payable at the first September rehearsals.

Please pay by either:
Cheque - made out to Shrewsbury School Community Choir; or Direct to Barclays Bank:
Sort Code 20-77-85, Account 80927678.  Please include your name in the details you provide when paying your subscription so we can easily track your payment.

Any problems, contact 
or 07786 195222.


Starting on 14 January 2019, we will be singing the Bach St John Passion, in the original German.  Those who sang it a couple of years ago will remember the drama and beauty of the music and John has booked some first rate soloists for our performance in Shrewsbury Abbey on Saturday 13th April, a week before Easter.

Looking back.....

'Mozart' Concert: 
Thank you for an excellent concert on 29 April

Haydn Festival Choir:  Creation 9 June
Antony Hodgson's review (extract below) is available here
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's 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