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 events are also available to download in pdf format: 58th Season of the Performing Arts at Shrewsbury School - brochure

For further information and tickets to free concerts, please contact our Music Department on 01743 280810 or 280581 or dkwood@shrewsbury.org.uk.

Forthcoming Music and Arts events for the current term

Thursday 29 January 2015

  • 13:30
    Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama Woodwind Visit (Maidment Building)
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Friday 30 January 2015

  • 20:00
    Mary Sidney Hall House Play (Ashton Theatre)
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Saturday 31 January 2015

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    Art Exhibition: Jason Hicklin - Recent Etchings and Paintings, 20th January - 12th February (Art School)

    An exhibition of work by Jason Hicklin is being held in the Art School from 20th January to 12th February. Hicklin, who lives and works in London and Shropshire, trained under Norman Ackroyd, and the process of etching is central to his work and travelling.

    The etchings and paintings in the exhibition are horizontal explorations of landscape in black and white and an infinite vocabulary of greys. Hicklin finds his subjects in the Marches and the remote landscapes of the North, where the sea meets the shore, where islands interrupt the horizon, and where clouds mingle with the mountains. It is here he pitches his tent, working in his sketchbooks in the last moments of daylight or with the half light of dawn.  His processes of creation are sensitive, contemplative disciplines. The initial 'on site' work in the sketchbooks is rediscovered when he arrives home to Ellesmere and translates these images into large graphite drawings or onto etching plates.

    Private view: Monday 19th January, 6.00 - 8.00pm

    The exhibition is open daily from 9am - 5pm.

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  • 19:30
    Piano recital given by Angela Hewitt (Alington Hall)

    We host some amazing concerts at Shrewsbury School throughout the year, but this is one of the highlights of the season.

    In recent years we have been blessed with some truly outstanding piano recitals. Nikolai Demidenko, Freddy Kempf, Llyr Williams and Peter Donohoe have given us some fine performances, and this year promises to be yet another exceptional evening.

    Angela Hewitt is one of the world’s leading pianists; she regularly appears in recital and with major orchestras throughout Europe, the Americas and Asia. Her performances and recordings of Bach have drawn particular praise, marking her out as one of the composer’s foremost interpreters of our time.

    Programme:
    Bach: Partita No. 5 in G major, BWV 829
    Beethoven: Sonata in A-flat major, Op. 110
    Scarlatti: a group of Sonatas
    Liszt: Années de Pèlerinage: Deuxième année: Italie
    Sonetto 47 del Petrarca
    Sonetto 104 del Petrarca
    Sonetto 123 del Petrarca
    Liszt: Après une lecture du Dante (Fantasia quasi Sonata)

    Kindly supported by Mr & Mrs M V Bradley and Mr & Mrs Gareth Jenkins

    Tickets £12.50 from www.ticketsource.co.uk/shrewsburyschool or Darren Wood on 01743 280812

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  • 20:00
    Mary Sidney Hall House Play (Ashton Theatre)
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Sunday 1 February 2015

  • 14:00
    Wind Prizes and Brass Prizes (Maidment Building and Alington Hall)
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  • 19:00
    Shrewsbury School Variety Show in aid of Rosie's Rainbow Fund (Ashton Theatre)

    Shrewsbury School Sixth Formers are organising a performing arts extravaganza on Sunday 1st February in the Ashton Theatre to raise funds for Rosie's Rainbow Fund.

    With songs from the shows, straight theatre pieces and acts from the Far East, there promises to be something for everyone.

    Rosie's Rainbow Fund - one of the six charities the School is supporting this year - provides music therapy for sick and disabled children, supporting them in hospital, school and in the community: http://www.rosiesrainbowfund.co.uk/

    Tickets: £2 for students; £5 for adults

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Tuesday 3 February 2015

  • 19:00
    McEachran Prize judged by Mr Robin Case (Moser Library)
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Thursday 5 February 2015

  • 19:30
    Composers' Concert (Maidment Building)

    A chance for some of the students at Shrewsbury School to showcase some of their own compositions as well as performing works by more established contemporary composers.

    Free admission with a retiring collection for the School's nominated charities.

    Reserve your tickets from www.ticketsource.co.uk/shrewsburyschool or from Darren Wood on 01743 280812

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Friday 6 February 2015

  • 20:00
    Severn Hill and Emma Darwin Hall House Play: "On the Razzle" by Tom Stoppard (Ashton Theatre)
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Saturday 7 February 2015

  • 20:00
    Severn Hill and Emma Darwin Hall House Play: "On the Razzle" by Tom Stoppard (Ashton Theatre)
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Sunday 8 February 2015

  • 19:00
    "Ahoy" Choral Concert with "Call me Al" Jazz Quintet (Alington Hall)

    Anybody who performed in or came along to hear Zimbe! Come sing the songs of Africa! last year will love its nautical younger brother, Ahoy! Sing for the Mary Rose, composed in 2013 by the hugely popular British composer Alexander L’Estrange.

    Commissioned to celebrate the opening of Portsmouth’s state-of-the-art museum which houses the hull and artefacts from King Henry VIII’s famous war ship, the piece is an uplifting and energetic fusion of sea shanties and Tudor music.

    As with Zimbe!, the evening features the Shrewsbury School Community Choir, Shrewsbury School Chapel Choir, a children’s choir and The 'Call Me Al' Quintet, L’Estrange’s very own professional jazz band. This concert is guaranteed to put smiles on everyone’s faces....not to be missed!

    www.ahoymaryrose.com

    FREE admission – with a retiring collection in aid of Shrewsbury School Musical Activities.

    Reserve your tickets at www.ticketsource.co.uk/shrewsburyschool

    Kindly supported by FBC Manby Bowdler Solicitors

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Wednesday 11 February 2015

  • 19:30
    Classical Reading Competition (Maidment Building)
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Thursday 12 February 2015

  • 20:00
    Oldham's Hall House Play (Ashton Theatre)
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Friday 13 February 2015

  • 18:30
    Rigg's Hall Soiree
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  • 19:30
    Student Recital (Maidment Building)
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  • 20:00
    Oldham's Hall House Play (Ashton Theatre)
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Monday 23 February 2015

  • 19:15
    da Vinci Society: "The London Art Market, Past, Present and Future": Mr Jeremy Howard, Head of Research, Colnaghi (Art School)

    This talk gives a fascinating account of why London became such an important art market centre historically, with the development of premier auction houses such as Sotheby’s and Christies in the 19th century.  Jeremy Howard then looks at how the art market works today, and where it might go in the future.

    Jeremy Howard is Head of Research at Colnaghi, London, and Head of the Department of Art History and Heritage Management at the University of Buckingham.  He has spent 13 years in the London art market, first at Christie’s and then at Colnaghi, before joining the University of Buckingham and setting up the MA in Decorative Arts and Historic Interiors in 2000.  His research interests include British 18th, 19th and early 20th century patronage and collecting, the Grand Tour and the English country house, and the history of the London art market.  He has recently published a history of Colnaghi and its role in the art market to coincide with the 250th anniversary of the firm.

    This lecture takes place in the Art School and members of the public are welcome to attend. There is no charge for admission.

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Tuesday 24 February 2015

  • 19:15
    Careers Lecture: "Careers in the Film Industry": Laura Heberton, Independent Film Producer (Science Lecture Theatre)
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Thursday 26 February 2015

  • 11:00
    A Recital by Musicians of Shrewbury School at the Wigmore Hall, London

    We are thrilled that we are able to return to the Wigmore Hall in London, one of the UK's most prestigious concert venues, to perform a morning recital.

    The concert will last about one hour and will feature some superb performances of solo and chamber repertoire.

    Refreshments will be available after the concert.

    Tickets £10 from www.ticketsource.co.uk/shrewsburyschool or from Darren Wood on 01743 280812

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Friday 27 February 2015

  • 19:30
    The Jason Rebello Trio (Maidment Building)

    We are delighted to have secured the amazingly talented jazz pianist, Jason Rebello, who will be performing with his Trio in the intimate surroundings of the Maidment Auditorium.

    Jason has toured with some of the very finest musicians including a six-year stint playing with Sting, when he performed on tour and recorded three albums with the legendary artist. During these years he also worked with Jeff Beck, Chaka Khan, Des’ree, Mica Paris, Phil Collins and Peter Gabriel.

    In 2013 Rebello decided that after twelve years as a touring session musician he would re-establish himself as a solo jazz artist. Jason will be joined by the talented Troy Miller on drums and Karl Rasheed-Abel on Bass.

    “Rebello rekindles the kind of Herbie Hancock-inspired jazz-fusion and crossover soul-funk of his early 1990s albums - and he does so with real panache. Sexy neo-soul, jazz, funk, Latin grooves and the sweeter end of jazz-fusion combine in a joyous cocktail of broad stylistic - and commercial - appeal. Rebello proves that music can be entertainingandsophisticated on a delightful recording that marks the pianist/composer’s triumphant return to the spotlight.”
    Ian Patterson, ‘All About Jazz’

    Kindly supported by Turtle Doves

    Tickets £12 from www.ticketsource.co.uk/shrewsburyschool or Darren Wood on 01743 280812

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Saturday 28 February 2015

  • 19:30
    The Shrewsbury School Variety Show (Ashton Theatre)
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Sunday 1 March 2015

  • 12:00
    A Children's Concert (Maidment Building)
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  • 19:30
    A Recital for Two Pianos (Alington Hall) - NOW CANCELLED
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Monday 2 March 2015

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    13+ Art, Drama and Design Scholarship Assessments
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Thursday 5 March 2015

  • 17:30
    Shrewsbury School Chapel Choir sing Evensong at Worcester Cathedral

    Having visited Gloucester and Hereford Cathedrals in recent years, the Chapel Choir return to Worcester to complete the trio of performances in the Three Choirs Festival country.

    Free admission.

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  • 20:00
    Moser's Hall House Play (Ashton Theatre)
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Saturday 7 March 2015

  • 18:00
    Art: Charity Exhibition in aid of the NSPCC (Ceramics: Victoria Dark and Paintings: Christine Eldridge) (Art School) (until Sunday 8th March)
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Monday 9 March 2015

  • 18:00
    Art: Opening of the Upper Sixth Art and Photography Exhibition (Art School)
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Tuesday 10 March 2015

  • 19:15
    Bentley Elocution Competition (Ashton Theatre)
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Friday 13 March 2015

  • 19:30
    Orchestral Concert for Lower School Pupils (Alington Hall)
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Saturday 14 March 2015

  • 19:30
    Gala Orchestral Concert (Alington Hall)
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Sunday 15 March 2015

  • 19:30
    Gala Orchestral Concert (Alington Hall)
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