Shrewsbury School

Chapel Choir

The Chapel Choir sings choral music to the highest standards for weekly services at school. The choir’s repertoire is drawn from 500 years of European sacred and English Cathedral music as well other genres such as opera choruses and song arrangements.

The choir currently has around 60 members. There are many ex-cathedral choristers in the choir, including boys and girls from Lichfield, Gloucester, Wells and Winchester Cathedral choir schools. Several members of the choir have gone on to hold choral or organ scholarships at Oxford, Cambridge and Durham universities.

The choir’s main role is to sing at Sunday morning Chapel services during term, as well as at occasional special services. The choir also makes visits to sing Choral Evensong at churches in Shrewsbury and elsewhere, as well as at major cathedrals. In recent years these have included Lichfield Cathedral, Jesus College Cambridge, The Queen's College Oxford, Tewkesbury Abbey and St George's Chapel Windsor. In addition the choir has been involved with other exciting projects, including three filming sessions for the BBC television programme, Songs of Praise, and a Sunday morning service for BBC Radio Shropshire that celebrated the 200th birthday of our most famous Old Salopian, Charles Darwin.

New members are welcome to join the choir at any time. All pupils can join the choir although those with a strong choral background, or those with good sight reading skills, are particularly welcome.

The choir is run by Alex Mason who has been the Director of Chapel Choir at Shrewsbury School since 2011. Alex Mason was educated at Oxford University, the Royal Conservatory The Hague and the Royal College of Music and has held posts at Lichfield and St David's Cathedrals. As a choral conductor he has directed first performances of David Briggs, Francis Grier and Alexander L’Estrange, including the Welsh premiere of L’Estrange’s ‘Zimbe!’. At St David's he directed the Cathedral Choir on BBC Radio 3, two CDs and tours of Bulgaria and Germany. He has also conducted numerous works for chorus and orchestra and set up children’s, youth and adult choirs and led singing programmes in primary schools across the UK. He is also a regular organist and tutor for the Eton Choral Courses. As an organist he is particularly well known as an improviser and he has improvised  ‘live’ on BBC Radio 3 and Radio France and recorded for Signum, Decca and Regent record labels.

 

Thursday 17 January 2019

 
18:30
Confirmation Class (Moser Library)
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Friday 18 January 2019

 
8:30
Fourth Form Assembly with Dr Brown (Ashton Theatre)
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13:00
Governors: Safeguarding Committee (Headmaster's Meeting Room)
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Sunday 20 January 2019

 
10:00
School Eucharist
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Wednesday 23 January 2019

 
12:35
PSD: Upper Sixth Assembly "Mental Health - Steve Peters' The Chimp Paradox" Mr Tonks (Ashton Theatre)
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18:05
Joint HsM and HoF Meeting (Hodgson Hall)
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Thursday 24 January 2019

 
18:30
Confirmation Class (Moser Library)
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Saturday 26 January 2019

 
11:30
PSD: Presentation for Parents "MeeTwo - Teenage Mental Help - A simple social media solution" Kerstyn Comley (Ashton Theatre)
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13:30
Extended Coach Weekend begins
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Monday 28 January 2019

 
21:00
Extended Coach Weekend ends
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Tuesday 29 January 2019

 
13:30
School Council Meeting (Hardy Room)
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Wednesday 30 January 2019

 
9:00
CRY Screening (ends 4pm) (Cricket Centre)
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19:30
Miles Clark Travel Award Lecture (Hodgson Hall)
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Thursday 31 January 2019

 
9:00
CRY Screening (ends 4pm) (Cricket Centre)
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18:30
Confirmation Class (Moser Library)
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Friday 1 February 2019

 
11:00
Governors: Nominations and Remuneration Committee (Hardy Room)
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13:30
Governors: Finance and Marketing Committee (Hardy Room)
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Sunday 3 February 2019

 
10:30
Fourth Form Parents' Salopian Sunday Chapel Service followed by Parents' Meeting at 11.30am in Hodgson Hall
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19:30
Evening Prayer
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Monday 4 February 2019

 
13:15
HsM Meeting (Moser Library)
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Tuesday 5 February 2019

 
14:15
Matrons' Meeting (Peterson Room)
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Wednesday 6 February 2019

 
12:30
PSD: Sixth Form Lecture "Salop '49" Peter Roscoe (Ashton Theatre)
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17:30
Common Room Meeting including Finance Update (Common Room)
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Thursday 7 February 2019

 
18:30
Confirmation Class (Moser Library)
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Sunday 10 February 2019

 
10:00
Service for Founders and Benefactors
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19:30
PSD: Film Screening "Maurice" (Hodgson Hall)
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Monday 11 February 2019

 
8:30
School Assembly
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Wednesday 13 February 2019

 
12:30
PSD: Fourth Form Presentation: "Salop 49" Peter Roscoe (Ashton Theatre)
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Thursday 14 February 2019

 
15:00
Governors: Investment Committee (London)
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18:30
Confirmation Class (Moser Library)
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Saturday 16 February 2019

 
EXEAT
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Sunday 17 February 2019

 
Half-Term Exeat (16th - 24th February)
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Sunday 24 February 2019

 
21:00
EXEAT ends. Boarders back in Houses at 9pm
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Wednesday 27 February 2019

 
11:00
Governors: Audit Committee (Bursary Meeting Room)
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13:00
Health and Safety Committee (Hardy Room)
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14:30
Governors: Education Committee (Headmaster's Meeting Room)
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Thursday 28 February 2019

 
18:30
Confirmation Class (Moser Library)
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Friday 1 March 2019

 
13:05
Food Committee (Peterson Room)
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Saturday 2 March 2019

 
Open Day for prospective Third Form entrants
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Confirmation Retreat at Pennant Melangell (depart 9am, return 6pm)
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Sunday 3 March 2019

 
11:00
Service with Mayor and Council, followed by a Reception
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Monday 4 March 2019

 
18:05
Heads of Faculties' Meeting (Hodgson Hall)
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Tuesday 5 March 2019

 
10:00
BSA Designated Safeguarding Leads Conference (ends 4.30pm) (Moser Library)
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18:00
Confirmation Class with Revd Keulemans (Moser Library)
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Wednesday 6 March 2019

 
18:30
Ash Wednesday Eucharist (Voluntary)
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19:30
HsM Meeting (Ingram's Hall)
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Thursday 7 March 2019

 
14:30
Praepostor Training (ends 4.30pm) (Hodgson Hall)
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Sunday 10 March 2019

 
10:00
Morning Prayer
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Monday 11 March 2019

 
13:30
School Council Meeting (Hardy Room)
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Tuesday 12 March 2019

 
9:00
Fencing: Public Schools Fencing Competition, Crystal Palace (depart KH, 3pm 11th March, return 14th March)
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Wednesday 13 March 2019

 
11:00
Fives: Girls U14, Schools' National Championships, Eton College (depart Kingsland Hall, 7.30am)
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12:35
Fifth Form Assembly: Mental Health (Ashton Theatre)
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13:00
Governors: International Development Committee (London)
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13:30
Rugby: U15 VII v Lucton School VII (depart Kingsland Hall, 11.45am)
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14:00
Badminton: Shrewsbury School v Ellesmere College
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14:00
PSD: Third Form Anti-Bullying Workshop: "The Boy in the Photograph" Robert Higgs (ends 4pm) (Ashton Theatre)
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14:15
Netball: 1st & 2nd v Birkenhead School
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14:15
Football: 2nd Xl v Shrewsbury Town In The Community
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14:30
Football: 1st XI v Sandbach School
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15:00
Governing Body (London)
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Thursday 14 March 2019

 
18:30
Confirmation Class (Moser Library)
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Friday 15 March 2019

 
8:30
Fourth Form Assembly: "The tortoise and the hare" Miss May (Ashton Theatre)
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11:30
PSD: Presentation for Parents "Supporting your child's commitment, motivation and productivity to improve academic performance" (Alington Hall)
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11:35
PSD: e-Safety Presentation for Upper Sixth with Karl Hopwood (Ashton Theatre)
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12:20
PSD: e-Safety Presentation for Third Form with Karl Hopwood (Ashton Theatre)
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12:30
RSSBC: Schools’ Head of the River, London J15 Senior Crews (depart Kingsland Hall, 2pm on 14th March)
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13:00
PSD: e-Safety Presentation for Parents with Karl Hopwood (Ashton Theatre)
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13:30
Extended Coach Weekend begins
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Sunday 17 March 2019

 
21:00
Extended Coach Weekend ends
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Monday 18 March 2019

 
8:30
School Assembly
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13:15
HsM Meeting (Moser Library)
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Friday 22 March 2019

 
8:30
Fifth Form Assembly with Miss May and the Headmaster (Ashton Theatre)
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Sunday 24 March 2019

 
10:00
Morning Prayer
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11:00
The Shewsy Junior Club Day Out hosted by Praepostors (ends 5pm)
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Thursday 28 March 2019

 
18:30
Confirmation Class (Moser Library)
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Friday 29 March 2019

 
Fives: Schools' National Championships (Girls Open, Boys Festival and Girls Festival)
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11:45
School Assembly
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Saturday 30 March 2019

 
Fives: Schools' National Championships (Mixed Seniors and Finals)
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10:00
Term Ends
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