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Unfortunately the decision has been made to CANCEL this evening's performance and reception in Birmingham. After monitoring the travel routes for over 200 performers - many involved in the concert would struggle to travel safely and we anticipate many audience members would also have the same problem.

We are very disappointed to cancel but the safety of all involved is paramount in our decision making.

For anyone with booked tickets, please contact the venue directly who will advise accordingly.

Please stay safe and we hope to be able to perform the programme another time soon!

Volunteers please!
- We urgently need the assistance of Choir members to propose themselves or recommend someone with a known interest in taking on the role of Treasurer, to replace Jackie Llewellyn before she moves to the USA



Mozart Requiem: Spring Concert, March 18th 2018, Town Hall Birmingham (Bärenreiter )

Remaining rehearsals:
on 15th March, Alington Hall, 7pm
on SUNDAY 18th in Birmingham Town Hall, at 1.30pm.
(please see 
Calendar and Rehearsals pages)

(Please read all of this!)
Travel to Birmingham:
If you haven’t already signed up for the coach, please can you let Tom know as soon as possible, on Please pay at a rehearsal (£10). Cheques (payable to Shrewsbury School) or cash.
If you are NOT travelling by coach, (or not now singing) and haven’t let Tom know, that would be useful information, too.
There are still a number of you who appear to have signed up to sing, but Tom hasn’t heard what your travel intentions are. Please let him know! 
Shrewsbury 10K Run:
Just to add to the confusion, this event is being held on Sunday morning. The race starts in the Town centre at 9am, and will go round the school on the roads (Porthill, B4380 Roman Road, Kennedy Road). Roads in the Town centre will be closed all morning, but we are assured that near the school, all should be clear by 10.15. More information can be found here
Choir Coaches:
We will have two coaches which will leave from behind Kingsland Hall, Shrewsbury School, at 11am.  Please get there in plenty of time to find a seat, etc.
You may also park in this area. The best access is by the gate (near the Maidment building) on Kennedy Road – this gate remains open. 
We may be dropped off, and picked up, some distance from the Town Hall.
Return – it is hoped to leave at 10pm, and be back at the school by 11.30pm. Please travel back in the same coach you went in. If you are not returning, make sure that your coach leader knows your plans. We don’t want to leave anyone behind!
Choir Dress: 
Dress for ladies: – all black – long sleeve, long skirt/trousers. Black folders
Dress for men: - all black – open neck long sleeve shirt. Black Folders
The Concert
starts at 7.30pm. We may sit in the auditorium for the first half. 
We perform in the second half.
The school is arranging a supporters’ coach which will leave from Alington Hall at 4.30pm. Places are limited, so make sure that bookings are made as soon as possible. Contact Kate Evason .  Tickets £10 return, pay on the day, and also indicate if you want to go to the reception. You will need to book your own tickets for the concert here or on 0121 780 3333
Please encourage Ticket Sales!
Stands and Sits
Stand at Beginning
Sit at end of Dies Irae
Stand for Rex Tremendae
Sit at end
Stand Bar 105 Recordare
Sit at end of Sanctus
Stand Bar 50 Benedictus
To End

Thank you

There will be no 2018 Easter Concert in the Abbey as this has been replaced by the Mozart Requiem

After the successful series of workshops in 2017, the Committee will explore options for a programme in June 2018


If any choir members still owe the 2nd part of their subscriptions (£35.00) then please pay Jackie, either by cheque; if by cash please have the correct amount in an envelope with your name on it; or pay direct into the bank:
Shrewsbury School Community Choir
Barclays Bank
Sort code 20-77-85
Account number 80927678
Please use your name as the reference and e-mail Jackie Llewellyn at to confirm you have paid by internet transfer so she can confirm receipt.

If you have any queries regarding subscriptions, please contact Jackie by e-mail

Please note in your diaries that our annual Abbey performance of Handel's Messiah will take place on Saturday 22nd December this year to avoid a clash with Abbey services on Sunday 23rd.

IN 2017......


Handel Messiah: Christmas Concert, The Abbey, 23rd December

Many thanks to all who helped to make this a great success, and raise money for our charities:
The League of Friends of the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital MRI scanner appeal;
Dancing for Parkinsons Shrewsbury, and
The Friends of the Samaritans.

Presentations of cheques to these charities were made on 19th February.

We performed Bach's Magnificat as part of the St Cecilia Concerts on 11th and 12th November 2017, in support of the School’s nominated 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...

The 2017 AGM was held on 25 September. Papers are here

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

Community Choir singers supported a Service of Holy Communion for the Eve of St Thomas, including Byrd's Mass for 4 voices, on 2 July 2017 at Oxon Church, Shrewsbury

We performed Bach's St John Passion on April 22 2017 in Shrewsbury Abbey, in aid of Severn Hospice and,
as the English Haydn Festival Chorus,
Michael Haydn's C minor Requiem 
in Bridgnorth on 11 June
"a very successful choice" 
(see Antony Hodgson's review in Classical Source)

Summer Garden Party!
- please see News Page


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