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

A Happy New year to everyone. 

We will be performing John Rutter's "Mass of the Children"  in the Alington Hall on Sunday 22nd March 2020. The first rehearsal was on 13th January. 

If you still need a John Rutter score please contact Gretchen direct. 

The term subscription is £35.00 and the John Rutter score is £10.00.  Folders are £4 if you are adding this to your payment.

Please pay by BACS to:
Shropshire Charity Concerts,
Barclays Bank Sort Code 20-77-85
Account No 43526062
Cheques to be made payable to Shropshire Charity Concerts, but please see below.
Cash will not be accepted.

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.  Once you have set up the payment in your online banking it takes just a few seconds to make payments.
Cheque payments have to be recorded in four different places, and take a lot of time to process.  

Because there is insufficient time to rehearse the St John Passion this has now been cancelled. 
Instead we will be rehearsing the Haydn Nelson Mass and Te Deum for performance in the Abbey on Saturday 23rd May 2020.

See also the Calendar and Rehearsals pages.

PLEASE NOTE: the school campus has unmarked speed humps. Please do take care when walking within the site

Did you know that singing makes us healthier?  !

Looking back.....

The 2019 AGM of Shropshire Charity Concerts was held on 25 November. 

Thanks to all for a fantastic 31st annual performance of 
Handel's Messiah on 21 December, this year supporting
-The Team Cleo Fund; 
-The Swan Room, Shrewsbury Hospital; and
-Shrewsbury Music Therapy Unit and Trust Fund

Thank you for the great success of Bob Chilcott's Requiem in Novemberwhich had a overwhelming reaction from the audience.  

Thanks to all who made our performance of Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle in June such a rip-roaring success!

- and similarly to all for our resounding performance of Bach's St John Passion at Shrewsbury Abbey in April.

Hodnet Hall Gardens choir visit and dinner


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

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

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