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

Sunday 19 April 2015

  • 15:00
    Shropshire Music Trust Family Concert: 'Crazy Creatures' with Polly Ives and Ensemble 360 (Maidment Building)

    You'll love Music in the Round’s new commission - the ideal way to engage young audiences in top quality music-making alongside professional musicians, by their award-winning Children’s Composer in Residence, Paul Rissmann.

    They bring to life the two brilliant children's stories The Duck With No Luck and A Cat Called Scratch (written by Jonathan Long, illustrated by Korky Paul and published by Oxford University Press).  

    Lots of audience participation.

    Adults: £6
    Children: £3

    For full details, tickets and a free Participation Pack, please see the Shropshire Music Trust website: http://www.shropshiremusictrust.co.uk/ensemble-360-with-polly-ives/4586133919

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  • 19:30
    Shropshire Music Trust: Ensemble 360 (Maidment Building)

    Join this unique and innovative group for another specially curated mixed ensemble programme imbued with their special audience rapport.

    They will be performing three of Mozart’s most well-known works - including the beautiful Flute Quartet in D written for the Dutch surgeon and amateur flautist Ferdinand de Jean, his mysterious Adagio for Cor Anglais, and the Adagio & Rondo in C - the last piece of chamber music that he wrote before his early death in 1791.

    Tickets: £16
    25 & under: £8
    18 & under: £1

    Full details and ticket information are on the Shropshire Music Trust website: http://www.shropshiremusictrust.co.uk/ensemble-360/4579072870

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Monday 20 April 2015

  • 19:15
    da Vinci Society: "Surrealism and Photography": Fergus Reid (Art School)

    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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Friday 24 April 2015

  • 19:15
    Bastille Society: "The Battle of the Somme": Philip Stevens (Moser Library)

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

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Saturday 25 April 2015

  • 19:30
    The Marriage of Figaro - Saturday 25th & 26th April (Alington Hall)

    This is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a semi-staged performance of Mozart’s operatic masterpiece The Marriage of Figaro, sung in English by students from Shrewsbury School.

    Derived from the notorious play by Beaumarchais, Figaro is a wonderful tale of intrigue, scandal and comedy, at the heart of which are characters obsessed with love, class, status and simple human failings. It is the wittiest of scores, but also the most sublime of Mozart’s operatic achievements.

    The role of Figaro is being sung by Alfred Mitchell, Susanna by Henrike Legner, the Count by Henry Craig, the Countess by Loren Kell, Marcellina by Katie Elcock, Cherubino by Antonia Wordie, and other singers include Rob Shone, Ed Carroll, Kitty Cook and Rory Dootson.

    The performances will take place in the Maidment Building on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th April at 7.30pm. Admission is free both nights, with a retiring collection in aid of Shrewsbury School Musical Activities.

    Wine and soft drinks will be available for purchase, and if the weather is kind, audience members are very welcome to bring their own refreshments and come and picnic beforehand on the grass around the Maidment Building.

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

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Friday 1 May 2015

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

    Concert performances by Sixth Former Galin Ganchev have become something of a phenomenon at Shrewsbury School. Word spread very quickly within a few months of his arrival in 2010 that we had in our midst a pianist of quite exceptional talent. Galin’s stunning performances have attracted a large and loyal audience.

    If you have not yet had the privilege to experience the quality of Galin’s wonderful pianism, please do come and hear him while you still can…! He leaves Shrewsbury at the end of this term to begin his studies at the Royal College of Music in London.

    Galin began his piano studies at the age of six and later underwent more formal tuition for six years at the Dobri Hristov National School of Arts in Varna, Bulgaria. He then continued his piano studies for a further year with Stanislava Stavreva and since September 2010 has been studying with the internationally acclaimed Anglo- Italian pianist Peter Bradley-Fulgoni at Shrewsbury School.

    “My desire to practise the piano and give concerts has led me to the threshold of what promises to be a fascinating and magical life. I love to make my audiences experience the works of music I perform at the deepest emotional level. 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.”

    Programme to include:
    Suite No.9 in G Minor - Handel
    E Flat sonata No.62 - Haydn
    Polonaise Fantasia op.61 - Chopin
    “Visions fugitives” Op. 22 - Prokofiev
    “Appassionato” Op. 57 - Beethoven

    Admission is FREE with a retiring collection in aid of Galin's desire to purchase a new piano to use in his home town of Varna.

    Tickets must be booked in advance from www.ticketsource.co.uk/shrewsburyschool or Darren Wood on 01743 280812.

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Saturday 2 May 2015

  • 17:30
    Shrewsbury Children's Bookfest: "Minecraft Event" (Ashton Theatre)
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Sunday 10 May 2015

  • 12:00
    Severn Hill Summer Concert and Lunch
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Sunday 17 May 2015

  • 18:30
    Scherzando String Ensemble (Maidment Building)

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Wednesday 3 June 2015

  • 18:30
    Summer Organ Recital (Chapel)
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Sunday 7 June 2015

  • 19:30
    The Barbican Piano Trio (Maidment Building)
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Wednesday 10 June 2015

  • 18:30
    Summer Organ Recital (Chapel)
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Wednesday 17 June 2015

  • 18:30
    Summer Organ Recital (Chapel)
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Saturday 20 June 2015

  • 17:30
    School House Soiree (Maidment Building)
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Sunday 21 June 2015

  • 10:00
    Art: Private View: Opening of Sixth Form End of Year Exhibition (Art School)
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Monday 22 June 2015

  • 19:30
    Annual Leavers' Concert (Maidment Building)

    This concert will be performed by our very talented musicians as they prepare to leave Shrewsbury School after many terms of wonderful music-making.

    As in previous years, it promises to be a memorable and poignant event and a fantastic evening of music.

    FREE admission. Reserve your tickets at www.shrewsburyschool.ticketsource.co.uk or from Darren Wood on 01743 280810

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Wednesday 24 June 2015

  • 18:30
    Junior School Play 'DNA' by Dennis Kelly - Wednesday 24th, Thursday 25th and Friday 26th June (Ashton Theatre)

    “Apparently you’re clever…So. What do we do?”

    A group of teenagers gather in a wood. They have made a terrible mistake – a mistake which could destroy all of their futures. In panic, they decide to cover the whole thing up. But when the cover-up unites them and brings harmony to their otherwise fractious lives, where’s the incentive to put things right?

    Dennis Kelly’s savage black comedy, first performed at the National Theatre in 2007, is fast becoming a classic.

    “DNA is a brilliant play: it’s about friendship, acceptance, and the pressure to do the right thing. It explores how the dynamics of a friendship group can shift when something extraordinary happens. The characters are horribly real and recognisable; watching the play, I think it can make us all a little uncomfortable and maybe question what we would do in this situation. Would we behave any better?” – Helen Brown, Director of Drama

    The show will last one hour. There is no interval.

    Performances in the Ashton Theatre are at 6.30pm on Wednesday 24th and at 7.30pm on Thursday 25th and Friday 26th June.

    Tickets are free, available from Dawn Dunn in Reception: dldunn@shrewsbury.org.uk 01743 280500.

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  • 19:30
    An Evening of Light Popular Music (Marquee)
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Friday 26 June 2015

  • 20:30
    Music: Eve of Speech Day Classical Gala Concert (Marquee) Picnics from 6.30pm, concert starts at 8.30pm
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