Shrewsbury Symphony Orchestra

Shrewsbury Orchestral Society


John Moore read music at the University of East Anglia and The Royal Academy of Music. He studied with Sidney Harrison and Alexander Kelly for piano as well as Professor Peter Aston with whom he studied conducting. At the Academy John studied as a repetiteur and accompanist. John has combined his professional and teaching life over the last twenty years or so in a busy round of conducting, performing and composing in many musical genres. John has also written a considerable amount of music for BBC1 & Channel 4 children's programmes, as well as composing six youth musicals for Shrewsbury School, where he has been Director of Music since 1989. Several of the T.V. programmes have won awards at the New York T.V. & Film Festival.

John Moore

John Moore

Of his musicals, "Jekyll!" won a Fringe First at the Edinburgh Festival in 1995 and "The Lost Domain" and “The Bubble” were performed at the Linbury Studio Theatre at Covent Garden "The Time Machine" was premiered at the Edinburgh Festival in 1997. His musical, "The Bubble", written with authors Julian Roach and Peter Hankin, was premiered at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, receiving excellent notices. It is being presented there again once more this summer. "Frankenstein" was also performed in Edinburgh and at the Royal College of Music. John's most recent musical is "Harry" which too has received excellent reviews.

John is currently Director of Music at Shrewsbury School where he regularly conducts a large choral society of 150 voices in concerts of major choral works. He is Chairman of the Shrewsbury Summer Season Steering Group, and guest conductor with the Eighteenth Century Concert Orchestra and Chorus. He is also Musical Director of Opera Severn and conducts the Shrewsbury Symphony Orchestra. For several years, John was also a founder member of Three Men in a Bow Tie, and has recently written the music for two plays penned by fellow Bow Tie artiste, Martin Jones, as well as having created two seasonal entertainments for chorus, narrator and orchestra with Chris Eldon-Lee, also of the Bow Ties.


Paul Bramwell lives in Shrewsbury and is married with three children. He started playing the violin at the age of 8 and at 18 gained a place at the Birmingham Conservatoire where he studied for five years with Ernest Element, a student of the world famous teacher Carl Flesch.


Whilst at the Birmingham Conservatoire he won the first year prize and was a finalist in the concerto competition. He was also leader of the symphony orchestra, string orchestra, repertoire orchestra and opera orchestra. Having gained four diplomas of music he left and played with various orchestras including Orchestra of the Swan and the New Symphony Orchestra of London performing at the Albert Hall.


Paul has taught violin at most of the leading colleges and schools in the county and is leader of the Shrewsbury Symphony Orchestra as well as having been leader for concerts with Leominster Choral Society, Telford Choral Society, Welshpool choir, Shrewsbury Community Choir, Ellesmere College & Wrekin College. He regularly plays at the Aberystwyth Arts Centre with three local orchestras.


A qualified pilot and homeopathic practitioner, Paul now concentrates on orchestral and solo work.

Paul Bramwell

Paul Bramwell