Shrewsbury School

OS 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.  Much more is planned for the 2014-15 season.

Promote your event

 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:

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:

61st Season of the Performing Arts at Shrewsbury School - brochure

Forthcoming Arts Events

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.

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