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 23 December 2016

  • 19:30
    Shrewsbury School Community Choir and guests present Handel’s Messiah (Shrewsbury Abbey)

    Now in its 28th year, we welcome you to join us for the annual performance of Handel’s masterpiece, Messiah, in the beautiful surroundings of Shrewsbury Abbey.

    The concert features the Community Choir, some wonderful soloists and an orchestra consisting largely of ex Music Scholars from Shrewsbury School and guest players.  The concert is in aid of local and national charities.

    Tickets £15.00 (unreserved seating) to include programme are available from, Theatre Severn and Old Market Hall Box Office on 01743 281281; Salop Sheet Music, St Michael St. 01743 365561; members of the choir; or in person from The Abbey.


Saturday 14 January 2017

  • 11:00
    Music Scholars' Recital at Emmanuel Church, Didsbury

    Shrewsbury School musicians are looking forward to returning to the wonderful Emmanuel Church in Didsbury near Manchester for the seventh successive year.

    This concert is part of an established series of Saturday morning 'Coffee Concerts' at Emmanuel Church, attracting a sizeable local audience.

    Please come along and join them.

    FREE admission

  • 19:30
    An Evening of Music in aid of OnTrack (Maidment Auditorium)

    OnTrack is a charitable organisation aiming to deliver free tuition in music to young persons who are not in a position to pay in order that they may develop confidence and communication skills and thrive in society.  They provide instruments, rehearsal venues and recording facilities too.

    OnTrack's founder members are Mick Allport and Colin Green who have extensive experience as successful professional musicians and educators, and we are looking forward to an evening of music by Mick, Colin and guests in aid of the charity.

    Mick Allport started playing in the Household Cavalry Military Band as a clarinettist. He then became a detective in Thames Valley Police for 13 years before returning to music and becoming a professional Saxophonist and Clarinettist, being a prominent figure at the Marlborough Jazz festival. 

    Colin Green’s career began with Rock singer Billy Fury and was subsequently Musical Director for Eddie Calvert, Georgie Fame and Alan Price.  Since 1959 he has performed as a guitarist for recordings on disc with many of the leading acts of recent years including Elton John, Diana Ross, Paul Simon, Tom Jones, Kiri Te Kanawa, Gene Vincent, Jose Carreras, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Bjork.  Musical Director for Dame Shirley Bassey from June 1995 to August 2003, conducting orchestras all over the world and her rendition of 'Goldfinger' at the 'Party at the Palace' celebration at Buckingham Palace; this was seen worldwide by an estimated audience of 200 million!

    Please do join us for a wonderful evening of Jazz music in aid of a fantastic charity, the concert has been organised by Upper Sixth-Former Ben Higgins and admission is FREE- with a retiring collection in aid of OnTrack.

    Tickets available from or 01743 280812


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


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


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


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.

    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.


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 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.