Music and Arts Events

Listed below is a selection of Music, Drama and Arts events taking place at Shrewsbury School.  For a full listing of all events here, please see our Calendar.

Details of our 2016-17 season of events are also available to download in pdf format: 60th Season of the Performing Arts at Shrewsbury School - brochure

For further information and tickets to free concerts, please contact Juliet Young, Operations and Events Manager on 01743 280812 or

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Forthcoming Music and Arts events for the current term

Friday 28 April 2017

  • 19:30
    A Piano Recital given by Galin Ganchev (Alington Hall)

    We are thrilled to welcome back the extremely talented pianist and Old Salopian Galin Ganchev to Shrewsbury School.  Raised in a musical family in Bulgaria, Galin has played piano since the age of six.  He received an invitation to study the piano with the internationally acclaimed Anglo-Italian pianist Peter Bradley-Fulgoni at the Music Department at Shrewsbury School, and in February 2010 travelled to the United Kingdom and auditioned successfully for a music scholarship at the School, which he took up in September 2010.

    "When I sit at the piano I immediately feel at one with it, and such a feeling of ‘unity’ with the instrument cannot be explained by anything other than the language of music itself.”

    Galin has appeared in competitions including Llangollen and Trefeglwys, in which he won the first prize twice; Gregynog and BBC Shropshire, in which he gained the ‘'Young musician of the year’' title in 2012. He has taken part in more than 70 concerts in the United Kingdom, Bulgaria and Italy,  playing in renowned venues such as Wigmore Hall, the Holywell Room, the Tabernacle in Machynlleth, Varna State Opera House, Varna Festival and Congress Centre and others. During his time in Shrewsbury, Galin had five full-length piano recitals in the United Kingdom, six in Bulgaria and one in Italy. He has also collaborated with the Vidin Philharmonic, Shrewsbury School, Shropshire Philharmoic and Varna Philharmonic orchestras, and his repertoire includes more than 100 pieces of music – most of which are solo piano and chamber works.

    Galin is currently a scholarship student in the Royal Academy of Music, where he studies piano with Ian Fountain and piano accompaniment with Michael Dussek. He has taken part in masterclasses with internationally renowned musicians such as Michael Roll, Yevgeny Sudbin, Tatiana Sarkissova, Michael Foyle and others.

    His programme will include pieces by Scarlatti (selection of sonatas), Shostakovich (selection of preludes and fugues), Chopin (selection of mazurkas) and Prokofiev (6th Piano Sonata)

    Please join us as we celebrate a truly outstanding young musician.

    Tickets £15.00, with a retiring collection towards Galin’s continuing studies at the Royal Academy of Music.

    Tickets available from or 01743 280812.


Saturday 6 May 2017

  • 19:30
    Shrewsbury School performs Purcell's 'Dido and Aeneas'

    The latest in the very successful annual series of semi-staged opera performances by students of Shrewsbury School's Singing Department is 'Dido and Aeneas' by Purcell - one of the earliest known English operas.

    A perfect treat for an early summer's evening.

    There are two performances, both at 7.30pm in the Maidment Auditorium, on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th May.

    Tickets are free and may be reserved in advance via or 01743 280812.


Friday 12 May 2017

  • 19:30
    'Knights' by Aristophanes, Friday 12th and Saturday 13th May (Ashton Theatre)

    Euripides' famous tragedy upholds the saying that "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned".

    When the barbarian princess Medea is abandoned by her husband, she determines to seek revenge.

    Directed by Paul Fitzgerald, Head of Classics.

    Admission is free.


Saturday 13 May 2017

  • 19:30
    Sifaka (Maidment Auditorium)

    "Pretty jazzy, pretty funky, pretty different, pretty cool - it's going to be new and different - SIFAKA EP release is our Gig of the Week." - BBC Introducing

    We are looking forward to welcoming back Old Salopian Sam Wilson and his band, Sifaka, a 7-piece band from Leeds who are setting stages alight with their fusion of Soul, Rock and African Blues. 

    Following a string of UK Festivals (Live at Leeds, Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Bath International Music Festival, HowTheLightGetsIn) Sifaka's EP Launch was covered in the New York Times and named BBC Introducing's Gig of the Week.

    Growing up on the music of Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd, they now believe the spirit and sound of the Blues is to be found in the continent it first came from - Africa.  Sifaka have developed their own unique sound, taking them to the frontier of the Blues!

    Tickets £6.00 available from or 01743 280812