Old Salopian Arts and Activities

Set up following the excellent and varied Old Salopian Art Exhibition held at the Art School in 2010, and taking into account the considerable interest in the significant place that Music and Art holds in Shrewsbury School and the country, all Old Salopians are welcome to become members of the Old Salopian Arts and Activities Club.

The Club pincipally promotes events involving Old Salopians or other Salopians (pupils, parents and former members of staff). Notably, these have included theatre and concert trips and a very well-attended private viewing at the Queen's Galleries, Buckingham Palace in 2013.   Since then Old Salopians have been involved in and/or attended a number of Salopian-related concerts and plays and art exhibitions. 

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Current  Chairman, Peter Fanning,  asks all Old Salopians who are involved in the Arts to send to the office anything they would like to post on this website and on our social media (Facebook and Twitter) sites:  exhibitions, perfomances, events, festivals - anything you would like us to know about and to to help Old Salopians to keep in touch with the considerable activity taking place. Please email: oldsalopian@shrewsbury.org.uk

Arts News and Events also appear on the Old Salopian News pages.

Details of School concerts and arts events are listed on the website under 'Beyond the Classroom'. The current programme is also available to download in pdf format: 60th Season of the Performing Arts at Shrewsbury School - brochure


Forthcoming Arts Events

Thursday 23 February 2017

  • 17:00
    Evensong at Westminster Abbey SOLD OUT (Waiting List for Tickets)


    Thursday 23rd February - Evensong at Westminster Abbey at 5.00 pm, to be followed by a tour of the Abbey and then a drinks reception in the Camden Room, Little Dean's Yard from 7.00-8.00pm.

    A wonderful opportunity to experience the magic of Evensong in this iconic setting and to look around the beautiful Abbey itself.

    This event is organised by Gavin Williams, currently Chaplain at Westminster School and formerly Chaplain of Shrewsbury School.   

    Numbers are limited. Please contact Janet Scholes (jscholes@shrewsbury.org.uk)  if you are planning to attend. 

    Whilst we are delighted that many of our events reach capacity, we are aware that some of you will be disappointed not to get tickets. Do let us know if you would like to be on our Arts and Activities email contact list, so that you will be notified of forthcoming Arts events.

Sunday 12 March 2017

  • 18:00
    Joint Concert Involving Shrewsbury School Symphony Orchestra and Old Salopians


    Sunday 12th March – Cadogan Hall, London – A joint concert involving Shrewsbury School Symphony Orchestra and Old Salopians.

    John Moore (Director of Music), Alex Mason (Director of the Chapel Choir) and Fergus MacLeod (Rt 01-06) will conduct an exciting programme of orchestral and choral work as follows:

    • Haydn Symphony No. 104 (London)
    • Marquez Danzon No. 2
    • Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1 (1st movement) (Soloist: Both Ruechuseth)
    • Weber Concertino for Clarinet and Orchestra
    • Sibelius Finlandia
    • Arnold Scottish Dances
    • Horowitz Euphonium Concerto (1st movement)

    Old Salopians willing to join the orchestra and choir are warmly welcome and should contact Richard Eteson (richardeteson@gmail.com)


    The concert starts at 6pm. Tickets cost £15 (£5 for under-18s) and may be booked online via the Cadogan Hall website https://www.cadoganhall.com/event/shrewsbury-school-170312/ or from the Cadogan Hall Box Office: 020 7730 4500.

    High tea will be served in the foyer at the Cadogan Hall before the concert from 4.30 - 5.30pm. All members of the audience are warmly invited to attend - please contact Nikki Bevan if you wish to do so (email nbevan@shrewsbury.org.uk; tel. 01743 280521).

    Address: Sloane Terrace, London SW1X 9DQ


Friday 17 March 2017

  • 19:30
    Semi-Toned: Sing Theory (Alington Hall)

    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)

    Tickets £10 available from www.ticketsource.co.uk/shrewsburyschool or 01743 280812.


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 www.ticketsource.co.uk/shrewsburyschool or 01743 280812.


Wednesday 24 May 2017

  • 18:30
    Private Viewing of the Canaletto Exhibition at the Queen's Gallery SOLD OUT

    Unfortunately this event is fully booked. If you would like to be added to our waiting list please contact the office.

    Private evening viewing of the Canaletto Exhibition at the Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace.

    on Wednesday 24th May 2017

    with a talk by Desmond Shawe Taylor (I 68-73), Surveyor of the Queen's Pictures.

    "Canaletto & the Art of Venice presents a spectacular selection of 18th-century Venetian art, with Canaletto's greatest works shown alongside paintings and works on paper by Sebastiano and Marco Ricci, Francesco Zuccarelli, Rosalba Carriera, Pietro Longhi and Giovanni Battista Piazzetta. The exhibition explores the many delights of 18th-century Venice, from the splendours of the Grand Canal and St Mark's Square to its festivals, theatre and masked carnival, bringing the irresistible allure of the most beautiful city in the world to The Queen's Gallery."

    6.30 pm for the talk and viewing in the Gallery, followed by a drink at 8.00 p.m.

    The price £30 per head and tickets are available via this link. Alternatively you can send a cheque, payable to the Salopian Club, to us here at The Schools, Shrewsbury SY3 7BA, but please get in touch to check availability before booking by post.

    Numbers are strictly limited and tickets are available on a first come first served basis.

    If you have any questions please contact Janet Scholes on 01743 280892 or jscholes@shrewsbury.org.uk

    Whilst we are delighted that many of our events reach capacity, we are aware that some of you will be disappointed not to get tickets. Do let us know if you would like to be on our Arts and Activities email contact list, so that you will be notified of forthcoming Arts events.