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These are just some of our events from our Calendar - Clicking on an event title will show the event in more detail.

Wednesday 25 January 2017

  • 9:00
    Exhibition of Recent Paintings and Earlier Triptychs by John Alford (Art School)

Friday 27 January 2017

  • 19:30
    The Tyburn Trio with Henry Kennedy (OS) (Maidment Auditorium)

    Old Salopian Henry Kennedy (I 2009-14) is joined by fellow students of the Royal Academy of Music as The Tyburn Trio, in concert in the Maidment Auditorium.

    Featuring works by Schubert, Mozart and Donizetti, please do come along for what promises to be a wonderful evening of classical music showcasing and celebrating some of the musical talent represented in our Old Salopian community.

    Soprano voice - Milly Forrest
    Clarinet - Henry Kennedy
    Piano - Andrei Iliushkin

    Tickets £6.00 from or 01743 280812

    Or by post from: Juliet Young, Operations and Events Manager, Shrewsbury School, The Schools, Shrewsbury SY3 7BA.

Saturday 28 January 2017

    Baptism of Fire: Wilfred Owen's War in 1917 (St Chad's Church, Shrewsbury)

    1917 was the year that Shrewsbury poet Wilfred Owen arrived in France. It was the year that was to change him, and his artistic legacy, for ever.

    One hundred years on, lectures by Owen’s biographer Dr Guy Cuthbertson, Dr Martin Deahl, ex-Army psychiatrist and Dr Adrian Barlow, a director at the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education, headline a day of events that explore the year that formed a crucial turning point in Owen’s brief yet indelible career as an writer.
    The day – held to raise funds for the Friends of St Chad’s – culminates in an evening recital of readings and musical settings of poetry by Owen and others, given by pupils from Shrewsbury School. In addition to well-known 20th century music, the evening will premiere settings by student composers.

    11.00 am - 90-minute guided walk of Owen's Shrewsbury

    2.00 pm - Lectures by Dr Guy Cuthbertson, Dr Martin Deahl and Dr Adrian Barlow

    7.30pm - Recital of readings and chamber works

    Tickets available from or telephone 0333 666 3366 (booking fees apply), by post or in person from St Chad's Office, 1 St Chad's Terrace, Shrewsbury SY1 1JX (cheques payable to: The Friends of St Chad's Shrewsbury)

    For more inforamtion, please email or

Monday 30 January 2017

  • 19:30
    'Persuasion Lecture Series: The Holocaust': Freddy Naftel (Hodgson Hall)

    Freddy Naftel describes himself as ‘a Holocaust Enrichment Educator.’ He is the son and grandson of German refugees; his great-grandmother survived the camps, but his great-aunt and uncle perished in Auschwitz.

    He has spoken at over 150 schools throughout the UK, and in his presentations he usually concentrates on the issue of rising anti-Semitism, its causes and arguments.

    In his talk he will consider the theme of Persuasion in relation to prejudice, discrimination and the Holocaust.

    This talk takes place in the Haining Auditorium in Hodgson Hall and is open to members of the public. There is no charge for admission.

Thursday 2 February 2017

  • 19:30
    An Evening of Chamber Music performed by Music Scholars and Musicians of Shrewsbury School (Barber Institute, Birmingham)

    Following last year's very successful concert in the Holywell Room in Oxford, do join us for what promises to be another wonderful evening of music-making at the very highest level, in the beautiful Art Deco buildings of The Barber Institute, opened by Queen Mary in 1939.

    Tickets are FREE but must be booked in advance at

    A pre-concert drinks reception will be held in the Gallery at the Barber Institute from 6.00 - 7.00pm. All audience members are warmly invited to attend - please contact Nikki Bevan if you wish to do so (email; tel. 01743 280521).

Friday 3 February 2017

  • 19:30
    A Piano Recital given by Peter Donahoe (Alington Hall)

    An unmissable evening of music kindly sponsored by Mr and Mrs M.V. Bradley

    Peter Donohoe was born in Manchester in 1953. He studied at Chetham’s School of Music for seven years, graduated in music at Leeds University, and went on to study at the Royal Northern College of Music and then in Paris.. He is acclaimed as one of the foremost pianists of our time, for his musicianship, stylistic versatility and commanding technique. We look forward to welcoming Peter back to Shrewsbury in the beautiful surroundings of the Alington Hall for an unmissable evening of music.

    In recent seasons Donohoe has appeared with the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC Concert Orchestra, the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, the St Petersburg Philharmonia, RTE National Symphony Orchestra, the Belarusian State Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and CBSO, a UK tour with the Russian State Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as concerts in South America, Europe, Hong Kong, South Korea, Russia, and the USA. Donohoe is also in high demand as an adjudicator at piano competitions around the world.

    Donohoe has performed with all the major London orchestras, as well as orchestras from across the world such as Royal Concertgebouw, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Munich Philharmonic, Swedish Radio, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Vienna Symphony and Czech Philharmonic Orchestras. Donohoe has worked with many of the world’s greatest conductors and is an honorary doctor of music at seven UK universities. He was awarded a CBE for services to classical music in the 2010 New Year’s Honours List.


    Chopin: Waltz Op 18 in E Flat Major ('Grande Valse Briliante’)
    Chopin: Waltz Op 34 No 2 in A Minor
    Chopin: Waltz Op posth in E Minor
    Chopin: Polonaise-Fantasie Op 61 in A Flat Major
    Scriabin: Piano Sonata No 3 in F Sharp Minor Op 23
    Schumann: Fantasie in C Major Op 17
    Schubert: Four Impromptus Op 142
    1. F Minor
    2. E Flat Major
    3. G flat major
    4. F Minor

Thursday 9 February 2017

  • 19:30
    Bastille Society: 'How Dictators Cheat': Dominic Howell, Intellitas (Hodgson Hall)

    Dominic Howell, former Head of Politics at Merchant Taylors' School Northwood, is a veteran of dozens of election observation missions for the British government and the international community. He has also worked for community-based charities in three continents and managed the political reputation of a top ten FTSE company. Dominic is in a unique position to bring contemporary political issues alive in an academically rigorous, accessible manner.

    'How Dictators Cheat' will highlight the importance of safe and fair elections, with case studies from Egypt, Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan and others. This talk is designed to make students consider how the political process is interlinked; democracy is a permanent process, not an occasional event. Examples include how tax codes and fire regulations are used to silence opposition, as well as more brutal examples of overt political repression experienced worldwide. The talk also provides a practical demonstration of carousel voting, widely used to cheat in many countries, and how participation can be manipulated even in Western democracies. A must for any student interested in the links between History, Politics and Economics.

    This talk takes place in Hodgson Hall and members of the public are welcome to attend. There is no charge for admission.

Saturday 25 February 2017

  • 10:15
    Open Day for prospective 13+ and 14+ entrants

    Open Days are an opportunity for prospective parents and pupils to get a feeling for Shrewsbury and our aim is to give visitors a broad picture of School life.  They are informal occasions that allow you to meet the Headmaster, Housemasters, academic staff and current pupils, tour the School and ask questions.

    The day starts at 10.15am and concludes after a buffet lunch.

    Places must be booked in advance, please see our Open Day page, which includes an online booking form.

Monday 6 March 2017

  • 17:30
    Shrewsbury School Chapel Choir sings Evensong in Lichfield Cathedral

    Shrewsbury's Chapel Choir is in very fine form under its Director, Alex Mason. In the past two years, the Choir has sung Evensong at St George's Chapel Windsor, Worcester Cathedral, Southwell Minster, Tewkesbury Abbey, The Queen's College Oxford and, last September, Jesus College Cambridge.

    Come and join them for a service of uplifting choral music in a return visit to Lichfield Cathedral on Monday 6th March 2017 at 5.30pm.

    Following the service, the Headmaster and senior members of staff, including the Director of Music John Moore, will be hosting a Drinks Reception in the Cathedral.

    We hope to run a Supporters' Coach from Shrewsbury to Lichfield free of charge.

    Places at Evensong are limited and must be reserved in advance by contacting Nikki Bevan, email, tel. 01743 280521. Please also let her know if you are able to attend the Drinks Reception and if you would like to book a place on the coach.

Sunday 12 March 2017

  • 18:00
    Shrewsbury School performs in the Cadogan Hall, London SW1X 9DQ

    Shrewsbury School’s Symphony and Wind Orchestras return to perform in the splendid setting of the prestigious Cadogan Hall, alongside musicians from the old Salopian community and other invited guests.

    It promises to be one of the major highlights of the School's concert season in one of the great concert venues in the UK, conveniently situated near Sloane Square.

    Cadogan Hall is the home to the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and hosts a full season of concerts, including the Proms, as well as having been a much used BBC Radio 3 venue.

    The programme includes Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No, 1 in C major (Soloist Both Ruechuseth), Haydn’s London Symphony No, 104, Sibelius’ Finlandia, Scottish Dances by Malcolm Arnold and other works for orchestra.

    Tickets cost £15 and are available from the Cadogan Hall Box Office: 020 7730 4500.

    High tea will be served in the foyer at the Cadogan Hall before the concert from 4.30 - 5.30pm. All members of the audience are warmly invited to attend - please contact Nikki Bevan if you wish to do so (email; tel. 01743 280521).

Friday 17 March 2017

  • 19:30
    Semi-Toned: Sing Theory (Maidment Auditorium)

    We are thrilled to welcome the fabulous winners of this year’s ‘The Choir: Gareth Malone’s Best in Britain’, shown on BBC 2.

    Founded in 2010, and featuring Old Salopian Rob Cross, Semi-Toned is an all male a cappella group comprised of students from the University of Exeter.

    The group started out as a barbershop quintet, before establishing themselves as a contemporary group with a wide range of repertoire. Praised for their creativity, uniqueness and vocal acrobatics the group embraces music of a variety of genres to ensure there really is something for everyone in any of their shows.

    The group were featured on Olly Murs’ UK-wide tour in 2015, alongside the release of their highly acclaimed music video, ‘Rich Man’, which quickly became a viral hit. Later that year, they won the Voice Festival UK and in 2016 they embarked on an East Coast tour of the US.

    Semi-Toned perform at the Edinburgh Fringe every year and have received 5* reviews for all their shows to date, with 'Toned Up' winning the highly coveted Bobby Award, reserved for the highest-rated shows of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

    “The charm in this group lies within the fact that they don’t take themselves too seriously, and that each member brings their own quirky style to every number. This individuality is a breath of fresh air from the traditional show choir set-up, as they relate to the audience as people, not just shiny, stagey, Glee cut-outs.”
    (Natasha Grainger, Edinburgh Fringe 2014)

Friday 24 March 2017

  • 19:00
    Save the Date: SSPA presents... The Shaken Not Stirred Ball

Welcome to Shrewsbury

HeadmasterWhilst I am delighted to welcome you to Shrewsbury School's website, I hope you will not regard a trawl through our web pages as a substitute for a visit in person. 

Shrewsbury is a unique school in many ways.  We are committed to strong academic standards and we believe in a vision of holistic education, as demonstrated through an incredible range of different activities and societies.  We are passionate about boarding not just being for convenience, but in providing the best opportunity for young men and women to develop real confidence and belief in themselves.  We are fortunate to have one of the best locations of any school in the country, a most beautiful site on the edge of one of the most historic county towns in England.

We are delighted that in September 2014 we welcomed our first cohort of Third and Fourth Form girls, building on the outstanding success of the introduction of girls into our Sixth Form in 2008. We believe our traditional values and time-honoured reputation will be enhanced by this move to full co-education.  We are committed to providing an environment where young men and women can learn together on foundations of trust and mutual respect.  We are confident that the future will be a more equal one and we support that historical evolution.

Above all, in the words of the motto of our youth club, based in inner-city Liverpool, ‘People matter more than things’.  You will find at Shrewsbury a community which is aiming for the stars in every respect.  Come and visit our beautiful school and meet some of the people who make it such an inspirational place.

Mark Turner