Music Events

Hardly a week goes by at Shrewsbury without something musical happening.  For a full listing of all events, please see our Calendar.

For further information about any Music Events, please contact Darren Wood on 01743 280810 or

Forthcoming Music events for the current term

Sunday 27 April 2014

  • 19:30
    Music: A Gala Evening of Operatic Extracts (Maidment Building)

    This Gala Concert of operatic extracts is kindly sponsored by Tanners Wines and promises to be a spectacular evening packed full of fine vocal performances by the students from Shrewsbury School as they perform a varied programme of song.

    The concert takes places in the Maidment Auditorium at 7.30pm and is FREE to attend with a retiring collection in aid of the School's Musical Activities.

    Tickets are available on the door.


Tuesday 29 April 2014

  • 19:00
    Music: Junior Wind Prizes (Maidment Building)

    The annual Wind Prizes are a popular fixture in our Music calendar, and spectators - friends, staff or family members - are welcome to come along and lend their support.

    The Junior Prizes are for performers from grade 1 - grade 6 ability, and the Intermediates (Tuesday 6th May) are for performers of grade 7 / grade 8 ability.

    The Senior Wind Prizes take place in the Maidment Building on Friday 2nd May at 7.00pm. This class is a real showcase of the top wind playing at school with performers of grade 8 ability and above (right up to post diploma standard) - and is always an excellent evening.


Thursday 1 May 2014

  • 19:30
    The Philip Clouts Jazz Quartet Entertain (Maidment Auditorium)

    Philip Clouts Jazz Ensemble

    We are delighted to announce the return of the Philip Clouts Quartet, who last appeared at Shrewsbury in 2011 in a performance that simply oozed high quality jazz.

    When pianist Philip Clouts began his collaboration with F-IRE collective saxophonist Carlos Lopez-Real in 2008, sparks flew and a formidable new unit was born.

    The Quartet perform melodic contemporary jazz pieces that have been inspired by the sights and sounds of the Sennen Cove area while staying true to their own musical roots in African and Latin music. Their music has already attracted airplay on BBC Radio 3, Jazz FM, UK Jazz Radio and Radio Bremen.

    The evening will feature Shrewsbury School students performing a piece that they have worked on during an afternoon workshop with Carlos Lopez-Real.

    The concert is kindly supported by the Friends of SSMA.

    Tickets £8 from or Darren Wood on 01743 280812


Friday 2 May 2014

  • 14:00
    Music: Brass Prizes (Alington Hall)
  • 19:00
    Music: Senior Wind Prizes (Maidment Building)

Tuesday 6 May 2014

  • 19:00
    Music: Intermediate Wind Prizes (Maidment Building)

Saturday 10 May 2014

  • 19:30
    Music: Community Choir Concert: Rossini - Messe Solenelle (Alington Hall)

Friday 16 May 2014

  • 19:30
    Music: Becki Biggins in Concert (Maidment Building)

    We are thrilled to present an evening of superb jazz with the remarkable talent that is Grammy-nominated Becki Biggins. Becki is a scarily accomplished singer, songwriter and saxophonist of whom Sir Michael Parkinson said, “Great lass, great talent”.

    Becki has had no fewer than three No. 1 albums in the US charts in collaboration with Paul Hardcastle (19, The Wizard) on his Hardcastle and Jazzmasters series. Her Grammy nomination was with Paul for his ‘Hardcastle V’ album, for which the pair also won American Billboard’s ‘Best Smooth Jazz Artist’ award.

    Amongst her many successful gigs at a vast variety of venues, Becki has performed for Prince Harry, knights of the realm and at many UK festivals. Voted Best Newcomer at the Marlborough International Jazz Festival, she regularly wows consistently sell-out audiences at the legendary Pizza Express Jazz Club in Soho.

    Becki is currently working hard recording her new album and will be treating the audience to a couple of her self-penned tunes on the night.

    Shrewsbury is Becki’s hometown and she used to work in the evening’s venue, the Maidment Building, setting up and running the recording studio as a gap year student. You may recognise the family name, as Becki is the daughter of our Director of Football, Steve Biggins.

    Please book early! 

    Tickets £10 from or from Darren Wood on 01743 280812.

    Doors open at 7:00pm

    Performance starts at 7:30PM


Thursday 22 May 2014

  • 19:30
    SSPA: Parents' Association Jazz Evening

    The Shrewsbury School Parents' Association (SSPA) warmly invites all parents, friends and relations to an evening of great music, good food and fun company on Kingsland House Lawn on Thursday 22nd May at 7.30pm.

    Musical entertainment provided by the School's jazz musicians.

    Further information will be here in due course.


Thursday 10 July 2014

    Summer School of Chamber Music (English Camerata) – 10th to 15th July 2014

    A five-day residential and non-residential course. English Camerata offer extensive coaching in an exciting classical chamber music environment for ensembles and instrumentalists playing the following instruments and more:

     - Piano and Harpsichord 

     - Strings (violin, cello, viola, and double bass by arrangement) 

     - Wind (bassoon, clarinet, oboe, cor anglais, flute) 

     - Brass instruments (French horn, trumpet, trombone)

    More information can be found at


Saturday 19 July 2014

    Summer School: MEhr Clef Junior Jazz - 19th to 24th July 2014

    The Junior MEhr Clef Summer School for 10-14 year olds is a new course for 2014. The curriculum is aimed at young musicians who would like to expand their musical knowledge and versatility by adding jazz to their repertoire. The course is suitable for instrumentalists and vocalists from beginner to intermediate. 

    Students under 10 years may be accepted in exceptional circumstances. Places are limited and early application is advisable. 

    All instruments are welcome including violin, banjo, tuba cello, vibraphone, oboe, harp, accordion and harmonica, though specialist instrumental tuition may not necessarily available.

    The standard of teaching is high and groups are small to ensure individual attention is given to all students. The course offers intensive learning in an environment with like-minded peers.


    More information can be found at or contact via


Sunday 27 July 2014

    Summer Course: National Children’s Choir of Great Britain - 27th July to 2nd August 2014

    NCCGB courses are held twice each year, during the Easter and summer holidays.  All courses are residential. The children in the choir are able to join from ages 9 – 14, and an appropriate level of family care is offered for these young people. 

    Each child is encouraged to develop their ability within a caring environment, with plenty of opportunites for practice and performance. Talented young singers from throughout the United Kingdom have the opportunity to work together and enjoy making music under the guidance of inspired teachers.  Please see for more information.


Monday 11 August 2014

    English Brass Academy at Shrewsbury: 11th to 15th August 2014

    English Brass Academy offers learning and performance opportunities for brass and percussion players of all ages and abilities. Paul Archibald, a trumpeter with an international reputation for his work as a performer and educator, is supported by a team of tutors renowned for their performing skills and for their holistic approach to education.

    English Brass is one of the most innovative brass groups in the world and the Academy is a natural extension of its educational philosophy. The Brass Academy summer course will offer the opportunity to children of all abilities up to Grade 8 to work with highly experienced performers and teachers. Every player will:

    - work in small ensembles

    - work in large ensembles

    - create a collaborative work for all ability levels with the Brass Studio 

    - receive individual feedback in a performance workshop

    - take part in performance preparation workshops 

    - enjoy an sports and activities programme devised by a sports coach 

    - work towards a Final Performance.

    All parents will receive written feedback from the course tutor

    The aim of the course is to develop the musical, technical and mental approach to performing and to develop a real sense of community and teamwork through sports and activities. All the sessions will be personal, inclusive and part of a process to raise self-awareness, self-esteem and confidence.

    Please see for more information