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

With great regret it was decided to cancel the performance of John Rutter's "Mass of the Children" on 22 March and to suspend choir rehearsals with immediate effect.  This is consistent with the School's policy in response to the coronavirus emergency.  John Moore's letter is here, which explains the situation in more detail.

Any Choir Summer Concert will be announced in due course

Following the perfomance of Handel's Messiah on 21 December, on 24 February we presented cheques to two of the three chosen local charities:
-The Team Cleo Fund; and
-Shrewsbury Music Therapy Unit and Trust Fund
"a very grateful “thank you”
for the incredibly generous donation of £3000"
- Shrewsbury Music Therapy Unit Trust Fund

The term subscription was £35.00 and the John Rutter score £10.00.  

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 online. 
This ensures your payment is safely received and automatically recorded into the choir's system.  Once set up in your online banking it takes just a few seconds to make payments.
Cheques have to be recorded in four different places, and take a lot of time to process.  

See also the Calendar and Rehearsals pages.

PLEASE NOTE: Please do take care crossing the unmarked speed humps on the school campus

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

Cheques were presented on 24 February 2020. 

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