Shrewsbury School

OS Events

Please find below details of forthcoming events that are either specifically for (or involving) Old Salopians, or which may be of particular interest to them. 

Other school events of more general interest to Old Salopians will be found on the main Calendar page of the School's website, as well as on the Forthcoming Events pages of particular sections: Arts Events, Sports Fixtures; Academic Lectures & Events etc.

Friday 27 April 2018

    Shrewsbury School performs Mozart's 'The Magic Flute', Friday 27th & 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

    The SSPA Private Tour of Pitchford Hall

    The Shrewsbury School Parents' Association are holding an event at Pitchford Hall by kind permission of Rowena Colthurst and her husband James Nason on Friday 4th May at 7pm.

    Pitchford Hall is a Grade I listed Elizabethan mansion (built c. 1560) and was the family home of Rowena (and her ancestors) until some 25 years ago when it had to be sold. Bought by a Kuwaiti princess who used the stables but not the house, the house fell into disrepair. Then in 2016 Rowena and James managed to buy it back and have started to bring it back to life, the cost of which will run to many £100,000s.

    The house has played host to Princess Victoria, was proposed as a bolt hole for the royal family during WWII and is rumoured to have hidden Prince Rupert after the siege of Shrewsbury (and hosts numerous ghosts!).

    Come and spend a couple of hours touring the house, Orangery and Tree House (believed to be the oldest in the world), hearing of the plans - enjoying a glass of fizz, canapés and desert - whilst helping to support the restoration work through a donation of part of the ticket price.

    Tickets are  £40 each and are limited in number. Please contact Dawn Dunn to book.

    We look forward to welcoming you to Pitchford.

    Will Morris, Chairman SSPA and David Schofield, Vice Chairman, SSPA

    A Piano Recital with Galin Ganchev (OS) (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,

Sunday 13 May 2018

    A Song Recital: Dreams and Hallucinations by Daniel Norman (OS) and David Cowan (OS) (Maidment Building)

    Two Old Salopians return to Shrewsbury to give an evening of songs exploring the fantastic world of the mind and the visions and dreams that it can unveil. A mixed programme with a wide range of repertoire, from Schubert and Fauré to Tom Waits and Richard Rodgers, Erlkönig and The Choirmaster's Burial to Lilac Wine and Hushabye Mountain.

    David Cowan, now Head of Music at Opera North, studied at Cambridge, at the Guildhall in London and in Winterthur, Switzerland. He has conducted a large number of operas and operettas, including last season's La Cenerentola for Opera North, as well as the musicals Hairand Fame. He has performed as accompanist in recitals with many singers, including Simon Keenlyside and Dame Kiri te Kanawa. He also worked as guest coach and conductor in the Opera Houses of Lyon, Strasbourg, Palermo, Lisbon, Genoa, Dublin, and at the Royal Opera House, London.

    After leaving Shrewsbury, Daniel Norman studied Engineering as a Choral Scholar at New College Oxford, and then went on to study singing and acting in the US and Canada and at the Royal Academy of Music. He has since established himself as a highly adaptable singer/actor able to encompass dramatic interpretations of the most demanding contemporary works currently in performance. Daniel sings regularly at the Oxford Lieder and Aldeburgh Festivals alongside appearances with ENO, Scottish Opera, Opera North, BBC Proms, Royal Opera and the Glyndebourne Festival.  He appears on many recordings of opera, concert and song repertoire and has a major YouTube hit with his film version of Schubert's Erlkönig - a work he will be performing in this concert.

    Tickets are £10.00 from or 01743 280812.

    Family Day at the School Boathouse

    This is the final day of Shrewsbury Regatta so there will be plenty to watch, including our Sabrina eight. Tea and coffee will be served in the Bowring Club Room from 11.00am, with Pimms and soft drinks from midday.

Sunday 20 May 2018

    A Celebration of John Moore Musicals

    A wonderful chance to walk down memory lane.... On Sunday 20th May, there will be an evening of reminiscence for anyone who has taken part in a John Moore musical, whether on stage, in the band or as a supporting technician – and for anyone else who wishes to listen.

    From Jekyll!, written in 1994, to the latest creation, the Drowned Bride, due on the Fringe this year, the range and variation of John’s compositions has continued to delight audiences and critics alike.

    Several of these shows have since been revived at the Fringe and many have graced the London stages at Covent Garden and the Royal College of Music.

    So, come along and join us at the Manoukia Music Centre in Westminster School. And whether it be Mrs Maw’s Song from Jekyll!, ‘Buy! Buy! Buy!’ from the Bubble or the love theme from the Time Machine, let us know in good time what you would like to sing, so that John can start digging around in his loft to look for all those vocal scores.

    Those who plan to join the singing are invited to the Manoukian Centre from 2.00pm on Sunday 20th May (although not everyone needs to arrive on the dot). Rehearsals will take place until 5.00pm, to be followed by a break before the concert at 6.00pm.

    Please write as soon as possible if you would like to contribute to Henry Southern: to let him know that you will be there and, (though we may not be able to guarantee every request) to let them know what you would like to sing, either as a chorus member or solo.

    If you would simply like to soak in the fabulous atmosphere, please let the Salopian Club know at

    We look forward to welcoming you back to the warm world of Salopian Musicals!


    1993        Guys and Dolls (Mankiewicz etc)
    1995        Jekyll! (Moore, Went & Fanning)
    1997        The Time Machine (Moore, Went & Fanning)
    1998        Jekyll! The Revival (Moore, Went & Fanning)
    2000        The Lost Domain (Moore, Went & Fanning)
    2002        The Bubble (Moore,Hankin,Roach & Fanning)
    2004        Into the Woods (Sondheim and Lapine)
    2006        Frankenstein! (Fanning & Moore)
    2008        Harry! (Fanning & Moore)
    2009        The Bubble Revived (Moore, Hankin, Roach & Fanning)
    2011        What You Will (Fanning & Moore)
    2014        The Lost Domain Revival (Moore, Went & Fanning)
    2016        Great Expectations (Moore & Fanning)
    2018        The Drowned Bride (Moore & Brown)

Saturday 26 May 2018

    Old Salopian Masons Visit to the Schools

    Lodge Meeting in the Clubroom of the School Boathouse, commencing at 11.15 am, followed by drinks at 12.30 pm and a Family buffet lunch, open to all, including children.

    Booking in advance essential. Dress code - Jacket & tie/smart casuals.

    For any further information, please contact the Lodge Secretary, Chris Williams (R 1978-83) on 07956 964937 or on

Saturday 2 June 2018

    All day
    Metropolitan Regatta at Dorney

    This takes place over Saturday 2nd June and Sunday 3rd June. Numerous of the School’s crews will be racing that weekend and the Sabrina eight will be racing on the Sunday.

Friday 15 June 2018

    Design & Technology Lecture: "Yacht Design": Jonny Horsfield (O.S.) (Hodgson Hall)
    Henry Kennedy (I 2009-14) brings his Conducting Magic to a Charity Concert: please support!

    Henry writes: I will be conducting on Friday 15th June 2018 at 7:30pm at St John’s Smith Square, London. The Tonerl Symphony Orchestra is an upcoming orchestra made up of all the top musicians from the London music colleges. The programme is to include Beethoven’s 3rd Piano Concerto (Andrei Iliushkin- piano) and Bruckner’s 3rd Symphony. While the Concerto is very much part of the standard repertoire, the Symphony (sometimes known as the Wagner Symphony) is only now emerging from years of neglect. This emergence will see the often misunderstood and neglected Bruckner finally taking his rightful eminence amongst composers.

    We will be performing entirely in aid of Parkinson’s UK. All the musicians and solo artists will be waiving their fee in respect of the charity. With this in mind, we would be very appreciative of any support you could give to our concert. 

    To book tickets and for any more information please visit the website of St John’s Smith Square at

Sunday 17 June 2018

    All day
    Shrewsbury Half Marathon- Calling all Old Salopians!

    Back in 2013, the town of Shrewsbury decided to shut its streets for one Sunday in June to hold a half marathon.  That afternoon a small group of Shrewsbury School runners joined the other competitors to take to the streets and take on the 13 mile challenge.  Every year since then the event has grown and as it has done so our own numbers have swelled with well over 30 Shrewsbury School participants taking part each year.  Over the past five years we have raised money for numerous charities (including The Ark, CRY, The Restart Centre, and Alder Hey Children’s Hospital)  with an impressive £26, 406 raised since 2013.  It is also a wonderful way in which we can bring together the School community: our ‘team’ last year was composed of teaching staff, support staff, pupils, parents and former pupils.  It is therefore uniquely placed in joining all those constituent parts together in a moment of shared endeavour. 

    This year’s event takes place on Sunday 17 June 2018 and entries are now open on the event organiser’s website (   We would love as many Old Salopians as possible to run the race in a Shrewsbury School vest and, likewise, we would love you to consider joining us in raising money for the Andrew Grene Foundation supporting a senior school in Haiti near Cite Soleil, whose population continue to struggle to recover from the devastation caused by the 2010 earthquake.  More information on the charity can be found on the fundraising page that has been set up:

    What to do next:

    1)    Sign up for the race on the event organiser’s website:;
    2)    Let us know that you have signed up by e-mailing;
    3)    Start your training- there are 13 weeks to go so you’ve got plenty of time. 
    4)    Enjoy the energising boost of getting fitter and stronger, and the warm glow of achievement when you complete the race!

    If you have any questions about the event do contact Peter Middleton, Deputy Head Co-Curricular (

    Cricketer Cup First Round: Saracens v Clifton (A)

Saturday 23 June 2018

    All day
    Marlow Regatta at Dorney

    The Sabrina crew will be trying to repeat the win it had at this regatta in 2016.  Come to support them if you can.

Tuesday 3 July 2018

    All day
    Huntercombe Meeting

    This is the OS Golf Society's special pre-Henley day and will be the last one before their Secretary, Tim Lewis, retires after many years of great service. Those who are interested in attending, either to play a round of golf or just to come for the excellent supper, should email Rod Spiby – Thirty people came last year; it would be lovely if we could get more this time.

Saturday 7 July 2018

    Sabrina Club Henley Lunch

    Henley drinks and lunch on Saturday, the 7th July. This ever more popular event, at which more than two hundred people attend, takes place in the Henley Cricket Ground from 12.30pm. Free food and drink for all attending.

Saturday 29 September 2018

    All day
    Celebrating 10 Years of the Girls!

    The Salopian Club will be organising a celebration of the 10 year anniversary of welcoming girls to the School by hosting a party at Shrewsbury for all our female Old Salopians and their partners.

    Further details to follow: in the meantime, save the date!

Saturday 6 October 2018

    All day
    Old Salopian Day

    Please save the date for Old Salopian Day this year, with lots on the agenda - from a classic car parade through to an OS art exhibution, and culminating in a Black Tie dinner to celebrate the Great '8' Leavers.  Further details to follow shortly.

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