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We're really pleased to have been featured in the March 2013 edition of the Shropshire Magazine who interviewed us about our 125th Anniversary year concert series.


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Verdi’s Opera Aida Concert

Shrewsbury Symphony Orchestra and Shrewsbury Community Choir

Shrewsbury Symphony Orchestra announce a line up of international soloists for the concert performance of Verdi’s Opera Aida. Professional Opera singers from around the world will join the Shrewsbury Symphony Orchestra and the Shrewsbury Community Choir for a concert performance of Giuseppe Verdi’s ever popular grand opera set in ancient Egypt.

This is the first of a season of three concerts to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the formation of the Orchestra in 1888. This event will take place in the Abbey on Wednesday 20th March. Jon Box, Chairman of the Orchestral Society said “we are delighted to join together with the Community Choir to stage a unique event for Shrewsbury. With about 200 performers including these fantastic soloists it will be truly a night to remember for those fortunate enough to get tickets”. The soloists and the roles are below:


Naomi Harvey - AidaNaomi Harvey (Soprano) was born and educated in Cornwall, Naomi studied with William McAlpine at GSMD. She has performed leading roles with Welsh National Opera, English Touring Opera, Mid-Wales Opera, The Royal Opera House, Neath Opera and many others.

This year Naomi returns to WNO for Le Nozze di Figaro and ENO for The Flying Dutchman, and other work includes The Kingdom by Elgar in Worcester Cathedral in June, and Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis at St Alban’s Abbey in October.


Shaun Dixon - RadamesNew Zealand born Shaun Dixon (Tenor) studied at RCM , National Opera Studio and with the late Luciano Pavarotti. Shaun currently works freelance throughout the UK, and has appeared with some of the foremost companies and orchestras including RPO, ENO, WNO and Scottish Opera. Shaun has been broadcast on radio and television in both New
Zealand and for the BBC . He has partnered crossover artist Hayley Westenra. Recent and future engagements include Rodolfo in La Boheme for WNO, Radames in Aida for Opéra de Baugé and Der Steuermann in the Flying Dutchman for NBR NZ Opera .


Simon Thorpe - AmonasroBorn in Tasmania, Simon Thorpe (Baritone) studied at the Guildhall School of Music, where he was awarded the Harold Rosenthal Prize. He spent a year at the National Opera Studio. A finalist in the Kathleen Ferrier Competition, he now studies with Robert Dean. He has performed leading roles with Scottish Opera, English Touring Opera, Welsh National Opera, Opera North, Opera Australia, State Opera of South Australia and others. Current engagements include Don Pizarro (Fidelio) for Opéra de Baugé, Escamillo (Carmen) for the State Opera of South Australia, Amonasro (Aida) for Lyric Opera, Dublin, Herald (Lohengrin) for the Opéra de Toulon and Welsh National Opera, Melot (Tristan und Isolde) for Welsh National Opera and Last Night of the Christmas Proms for Raymond Gubbay Ltd.


Kathryn Tupin - AmnerisKathryn Turpin (Mezzo-soprano) was born in Mid Wales, Kathryn read History of Art at Cambridge before studying at the Royal College of Music. She made her Royal Opera debut in January 2000 as Lady de Hautdesert (Gawain). She has performed throughout the UK, Europe and the Far East working with orchestras including the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, the Bournemouth Sinfonietta, the CBSO, Hanover Band, London Mozart Players, London Sinfonietta, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Kathryn has broadcast on Classic FM and Radio 3 and her recordings include Copland In the Beginning and the Duruflé Requiem with the Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge. Recent performances have included the world première of the one act opera Magic Potions by Jacques Cohen for the Tête à tête opera festival and The Armed Man for the Aberystwyth Choral Union.


Jonathan May - The KingJonathan May (Bass-baritone) was born in Windsor. After taking a degree at Newcastle University he studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Ellis Keeler, at the National Opera Studio, the Britten-Pears School and privately with Norman Bailey, Robert Dean and Robert Lloyd. He has performed leading roles with the Royal Opera House, Welsh National Opera, Scottish Opera, Norway’s Opera Vest, Opera Theatre de Metz, Opera de Rouen and the Japan Society in USA. His most recent performances include Smirnov in Walton’s The Bear for Severn Opera in Shrewsbury, his debut with Grand Theatre de Geneve in Harrison Birtwistle’s Punch and Judy, and Sparafucile (Rigoletto) and
Johann (Werther) for Scottish Opera. Jonathan is visiting singing Teacher at Shrewsbury School and St Andrew’s University

Tickets for Aida Concert

Shrewsbury Symphony Orchestra and Shrewsbury Community Choir

The concert performance of Verdi’s Opera Aida will take place on Wednesday 20th March 2013 in the Abbey in Shrewsbury at 7.30pm.

These are the arrangements for tickets for the event.

All tickets are for unreserved seating.

  • Adult - £15.00
  • Concession - £12.00
  • Children (18 or under) - £3.00

Tickets for the general public

Tickets will be available from the booking office at Severn Theatre. 01743 281281, please note that tickets may not be purchased using online booking, they can be purchased by phone or in person at the Theatre.

Any remaining tickets will be available on the door on the day of the concert.

Tickets for players and performers

Tickets will be available for players and performers to purchase at rehearsals on Mondays (commencing 28th January) for the Community Choir and Tuesdays (commencing 29th January) for the Orchestra up until the half term break. (Half term is the week commencing 18th February).

Up to half term all performers are guaranteed 2 tickets each. After 18th February any remaining tickets will be available on a first come first served basis.

Payment may be made by cash or a cheque made out to Shrewsbury Orchestral Society.

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Latest concert review by Bob Wysome

We're very grateful to Bob Wysome for reviewing our latest concert for us.

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Viv McLean to perform Grieg Piano Concerto

Shrewsbury Symphony Orchestra are delighted that Viv McLean will be performing the Grieg Piano Concerto with us on Wednesday 21st November 2012.

Viv McLean

Viv McLean won First Prize at the 2002 Maria Canals International Piano Competition in Barcelona and has performed in the UK, France, Spain, Germany, Poland, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Israel, Cyprus, Malta, Australia, Japan and USA.

He has performed concertos with orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, National Musicians Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia Viva and the Scottish Concert Orchestra.

Viv McLeanViv has appeared at festivals including the International Beethoven Festival in Bonn, the Festival des Saintes in France and the Cheltenham International Festival and has recorded for Sony Classical Japan, Naxos and the RPO label. Viv has recorded regularly for BBC Radio 3 as well as for radio in Germany, France, Australia, Norway and Poland.

“ Viv McLean revealed extraordinary originality, superb simplicity, and muscles of steel hidden by fingers of velvet. He plays with the genius one finds in those who know how to forget themselves, naturally placing themselves at the right point to meet the music, this mystery of the moment.” Le Monde (Paris)

Sad to hear about Alec Edwards and Geraint Jones

The Orchestra were very sad to hear about the passing of Alec Edwards (ex principal trumpet) and Geraint Jones (ex principal clarinet).

Between them they devoted over eighty years of membership to the orchestra and were much respected through-out the county as players.

Our thoughts are with their families.

Shrewsbury Symphony Orchestra