Shrewsbury School

Music Events

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

Details of our 2017-18 season of events are also available to download in pdf format: 61st Season of the Performing Arts at Shrewsbury School - brochure

For further information and tickets to free concerts or to be added to our mailing list, please contact Juliet Young, Operations and Events Manager on 01743 280812 or

Follow Shrewsbury Music and Arts Events on Twitter for regular news and updates: @ShrewsEvents

Forthcoming Music events for the current term

Sunday 25 March 2018

    Shrewsbury Saxophone Day

    Now in its fifth year, the ever popular Shrewsbury Saxophone Day is another exciting opportunity to work with two of the finest saxophone players in the world. Rob Buckland and Andy Scott host the day at Shrewsbury School, which is set to include saxophone workshops and ensemble playing plus many other aspects of the saxophone and its music.

    This event is supported by Vandoren, Selmer and Yanagisawa. Kerry Long from Vandoren and Yanagisawa will be available for any advice on mouthpieces and reeds, and Erik Claeys from Selmer Paris will be offering expert advice on saxophones.

    There will also be a trade stand from the local shop Windband, who will be bringing along many items to purchase and try.

    Tickets are £30 for the day - please email Maria McKenzie at

Friday 20 April 2018

    Celebrating the Music of France - Shrewsbury School Musicians in Concert (St Chad's Church, Shrewsbury)

    Join Shrewsbury School musicians for a scintillating evening celebrating the music of France.

    The programme will include perfmorances by singers and instrumentalists of works by Fauré, Franck, Poulenc, Duruflé and Messiaen. It will conclude with members of the Chapel Choir singing Fauré’s sublime ‘Requiem’.

    FREE admission - tickets available on the door.

Thursday 26 April 2018

    VERVE - Contemporary Dance (Ashton Theatre)

    Adventurous. Athletic. Absorbing.

    Leeds-based dance company VERVE presents an exhilarating programme of bold new work created by internationally-acclaimed and multi award-winning choreographers Hannes Langolf (Germany) , Sita Ostheimer (Germany) and VERVE Artistic Director Matthew Robinson (UK), alongside a reworking of the critically acclaimed ‘Riders’ by Lenka Vagnerova (Czech Republic).

    Experience an evening of physically charged and refreshingly original dance, performed by dance artists on the cusp of exciting professional careers. See where dance is right now… and where it may go next.

    "A very talented cast…strong personalities." Dance Europe on VERVE 17

    VERVE is the repertory dance company of Northern School of Contemporary Dance- currently the only provider of conservatoire-level dance training in the North of England.  The company comprises fourteen dancers trained at some of the world’s most prestigious dance schools and tours extensively to theatres, festivals and arts centres across the UK and Europe. This year, as well as dancers from the UK, VERVE includes dancers from China, Norway, America and Italy; creating a truly international dance company.

    Visit to find out more.

    Tickets £10.00 from or 01743 280812

Saturday 28 April 2018

    Shrewsbury School performs Mozart's 'The Magic Flute', Saturday 28th April (Maidment Auditorium)

    Over the last few years, Shrewsbury School's Vocal Department has established the tradition of staging an opera in the early summer term. Previous performances have included The Marriage of Figaro, Dido and Aeneas, Carmen and Orpheus in the Underworld.

    This year we are presenting a semi-staged performance of The Magic Flute by Mozart, sung by our own very talented singing students plus guests.

    It promises to be one of the musical highlights of the year and early booking is definitely advised for either evening.

    FREE admission. Tickets available from or 01743 280812.

Sunday 29 April 2018

    Shrewsbury School Orchestras and Choral Society Gala Concert (Alington Hall)


    Following the extremely disappointing cancellation of our Gala Concert in Birmingham Town Hall owing to severe weather conditions on Sunday 18th March, we are pleased to be able to reschedule and relocate the performance to the Alington Hall in Shrewsbury School on Sunday 29th April.

    As originally planned, the concert features the combined forces of Shrewsbury School Community Choir, Chapel Choir, Symphony Orchestra and Wind Orchestra as well as invited prep school choristers and guest players.

    The first half of the evening features two outstanding soloists: Matthew Poon (I LVI) will perform Lalo’s spell-binding first movement of the Symphonie Espagnole for solo violin and orchestra; and Harry Lawrence (O UVI) will play the first movement of Mozart's wonderful Eb Major Horn Concerto no 3. (Harry has just been awarded a place to study the French Horn at the Royal Northern College of Music.)

    The major work in the second half of the concert is Mozart’s glorious Requiem, when the Symphony Orchestra will be joined by the massed voices of the Shrewsbury School Community and Chapel Choirs, with guest soloists Kathryn Turpin and Jonathan May, who head up the School’s Singing Department, tenor Jamie MacDougall, who is currently singing a solo role with Scottish Opera, and Natalie Clifton-Griffith, who sings with some of the country’s top professional choirs as well as having a very busy career as a soloist and teacher (and wife of Assistant Director of Music Alex Mason).

    Tickets are FREE.

Friday 4 May 2018

    A Piano Recital with Galin Ganchev (Maidment Auditorium)

    We are thrilled to welcome back the extremely talented pianist and Old Salopian Galin Ganchev to Shrewsbury School after his incredibly successful recital last spring. 

    Raised in a musical family in Bulgaria, Galin has played piano since the age of six.  He received an invitation to study 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, 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 several competitions and has taken part in more than 70 concerts in the United Kingdom, Bulgaria and Italy, playing in renowned venues such as the Wigmore Hall, Holywell Room, Warehouse, Machynlleth Tabernacle, Varna State Opera House and the Varna Festival and Congress Centre. He has also collaborated with the Vidin Philharmonic, Shrewsbury School, Shropshire Philharmonic 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 at 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 and Michael Foyle.

    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. Available from or 01743 280812,

Saturday 12 May 2018

    Music in the Round - Chamber Performances by Shrewsbury School Musicians (St Mary's Church, Acton Round)

    This concert is given by kind permission of Louisa and Tom Kennedy.

    It will feature some sparkling vocal repertoire and chamber perofmances from Shrewsbury School Musicians in the charming surroundings of Acton Round Parish Church.

    Refreshments will be available before the concert at 6.30pm int he beautiful adjacent grounds of Louisa and Tom's house near Bridgnorth.

    FREE admission with a retiring colleciton in aid of repairs to St Mary's Church, Acton Round.

    Please book by emailing

Sunday 20 May 2018

    A Celebration of John Moore Musicals

    Taking Place at Westminster School. 

    An evening for everyone to enjoy a performance by OS who have sung in John Moore’s musicals from Jekyll (1994) to Great Expectations (2016). Further details and recruitment to follow shortly, but in the meantime, save the date!

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