Shrewsbury Symphony Orchestra

Shrewsbury Orchestral Society

Tasmin Little

Tasmin Little photo by Melanie Winning

Tasmin Little performed
Brahms Violin Concerto with
us on 20th November 2013

Wendy Jones

Wendy Jones performed the Arutunian Trumpet Concerto on Wednesday 30th November 2011

Sam Pearce

Sam Pearce

Sam Pearce performed the Mozart  Horn Concerto in Eb (No.4) on Wednesday 18th June 2014



Shrewsbury Symphony Orchestra - Previous Concerts

17th November 2021

7.30 pm, Christ Church, Bayston Hill, SY3 0PH

Autumn Term 2021:
• Elgar Cello Concerto
• Dame Ethel Smyth "The Wreckers Overture"
• Brahms Symphony no 2

Tickets available now from TicketSource



In the light of the Coronavirus outbreak Shrewsbury Symphony Orchestra has regretfully decided to cancel the concert planned for the Abbey on 1st April 2020.
Our next planned concert on Wednesday 10th June may also be affected and we will update our website once we know more.
With many thanks to all our supporters.


10th June 2020 - postponed

Shrewsbury Abbey

Summer Term 2020:
• Mendelssohn Incidental music to Midsummer Night’s Dream Op 61
• Richard Strauss Oboe Concerto TrV 292
• Beethoven Symphony no 8 Op 93


 1st April 2020 - postponed

Shrewsbury Abbey

Spring Term 2020:
• Sibelius Finlandia Op 26
• Sibelius Symphony no 1 Op 39
• Max Bruch Violin Concerto Op 26 - Soloist: Savva Zverev


4th December 2019

Alington Hall at Shrewsbury School


• Also Sprach Zarathustra Richard Strauss Op 30- opening fanfare
• Star Trek “Through the Years” Michael Giacchino
• Star Wars - Last movement “Throne Room” John Williams
• Interval
• Planets Suite Gustav Holst Op 32

Wed 5th Dec 2018

Alington Hall


  • A Festival of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky:
  • Waltz and Polonaise from Eugene Onegin
  • Piano Concerto No. 1
    Soloist Vincent Barrella
  • Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5

Wed 3rd April 2019

The Abbey


  • English Theme: Elgar's 'In the South' (Alassio)
  • Coates 'London Suite'
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams 'A London Symphony'


Wed 19th June 2019

Opera Gala Evening

The Abbey

The singers are from the North Wales Opera Studio, concert starts at 8:00 in the Abbey (not the usual 7:30pm), with a pre concert drink in the Shropshire Wildlife Trust, The Cut Visitor Centre (over the toad from the Abbey). Audience members are welcome to join us for a complementary drink on presentation of a concert ticket.

Wednesday 29th November 2017 at 7.30pm

Venue: The Alington Hall, Ashton Road, Shrewsbury School

Shrewsbury School

  • Verdi Nabucco Overture
  • Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.2
  • SOLOIST: Vincent Barrella
  • Beethoven Symphony No. 3

Wednesday 14th June 2017 at 7.30pm

Venue: Shrewsbury Abbey, Shrewsbury

Shrewsbury Abbey

  • Dvorak - Carnival Overture
  • Bizet - Carmen Suite No.2 (arr. Giraud)
  • Franck - Symphony in D

2018 Concert Dates

20th June 2018 7.30pm at Theatre Severn

  • AN EVENING OF MAGIC, MYSTERY AND MUSIC - Narrated by Joe Belham of “The Sons of Pitches” (pictured below), one of the premier vocal groups working in the UK and winners of BBC’s The Naked Choir 2015.
    The programme also includes Dream of a Witches’ Sabbath from Berlioz’ Symphonie fantastique, which provides the creepy soundtrack to blockbuster horror films The Shining and Sleeping with the Enemy. There’s also Mussorgsky’s dramatic Night on Bald Mountain, which also features in Fantasia and in numerous other films. Continuing the magical theme is Dukas' Sorcerer's Apprentice.
    Tickets from Theatre Severn Box Office: (01743) 281281.

8th March 2018 7.30pm Clayton Hall, SCAT

  • 2Schubert’s overture in the Italian Style
    Dvorak 7th Symphony
    Sibelius Violin Concerto with Zoë Beyers
    Zoë Beyers

Wednesday 29th March 2017 at 7.30pm

Venue: Shrewsbury Abbey, Shrewsbury

Shrewsbury Abbey

  • Beethoven - Leonora No.3
  • R.Strauss - 2nd Horn Concerto
  • SOLOIST: Ben Goldscheider
    Concerto finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year
  • Brahms - Symphony 1

Wednesday 30th November 2016 at 7.00pm

Please note the earlier start time of this concert to allow children to attend

Venue: The Alington Hall, Ashton Road, Shrewsbury School

Shrewsbury School

  • Humperdinck - Hansel and Gretel Overture
  • Prokofiev - Peter and the Wolf
  • Grieg - Peer Gynt Suite No. 1
  • Handel - Music for the Royal Fireworks
  • Smetana - Ma Vlast - Vltava

'In Harmony, Telford' children's orchestra will be playing from 6.40 till 7.00 as the audience arrive

Wednesday 25th May 2016 at 7.30pm

Venue: Shrewsbury Abbey, Shrewsbury

Shrewsbury Abbey

  • German – Welsh Rhapsody
  • Elgar – Violin Concerto
  • SOLOIST: Jennifer Pike
  • Vaughan Williams – Fantasia on Theme by Thomas Tallis

Wednesday 16th March 2016 at 7.30pm

Venue: Shrewsbury Abbey, Shrewsbury

Shrewsbury Abbey

  • Tchaikovsky – March Slave
  • Khachaturian – Spartacus Suite No.2
  • Tchaikovsky – Symphony No.4

Wednesday 2nd December 2015 at 7.30pm

Venue: The Alington Hall, Ashton Road, Shrewsbury School

Shrewsbury School

  • Nielsen - Maskarade Overture
  • Schumann - Piano Concerto in A Minor
  • Soloist: Viv McLean
  • Sibelius - Symphony No.5

Saturday 20th June 2015 at 7.30pm

Venue: Shrewsbury Abbey, Shrewsbury

Shrewsbury Abbey

  • Brahms – Tragic Overture
  • Beethoven – Symphony No.9 - The Choral
  • With the Shrewsbury Community Choir
  • Soloists:
    Naomi Harvey
    Laura Innes
    Jamie Macdougall
    Jonathan May


   Choir Photo by Jim Hawkins

Wednesday 18th March 2015 at 7.30pm

Venue: Shrewsbury Abbey, Shrewsbury

Shrewsbury Abbey

  • Rossini – The Thieving Magpie
  • Strauss – Four Last Songs
  • Dvorak – 6th Symphony

Wednesday 3rd December 2014 at 7.30pm

Venue: Alington Hall, Shrewsbury School

Shrewsbury School

  • Beethoven - Prometheus Overture
  • Beethoven - Violin Concerto
    - Soloist: Michael Bochmann
  • Stravinsky - The Firebird Suite (1945 version)

Wednesday 18th June 2014 at 7.30pm

Venue: Shrewsbury Abbey, Shrewsbury

Shrewsbury Abbey

  • Mozart – Marriage of Figaro Overture
  • Mozart – Horn Concerto in Eb (No.4)
  • Soloist: Sam Pearce (horn)
  • Prokofiev – Classical Symphony
  • Beethoven – Symphony No.7

Wednesday 2nd April 2014 at 7.30pm

Venue: Shrewsbury Abbey, Shrewsbury

Shrewsbury Abbey

  • Borodin – Price Igor Overture
  • Borodin - In the steppes of Central Asia
  • Mussorgsky – Night on a bare mountain
  • Tchaikovsky – Symphony No.5

Wednesday 20th November 2013 at 7.30pm

Venue: Shrewsbury Abbey, Shrewsbury

Shrewsbury Abbey

  • Brahms Academic Festival Overture
  • Brahms Violin Concerto :
    Special guest soloist Tasmin Little (violin)
  • Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique

Wednesday 19th June 2013 at 7.30pm

Shrewsbury AbbeyVenue: Shrewsbury Abbey, Shrewsbury

  • Mendelssohn Hebrides Overture
  • Chabrier Espana Symphony
  • Vaughan Williams Lark Ascending
  • Soloist: David Joyce (violin)
  • Elgar Symphony No.1

Wednesday 20th March 2013 at 7.30pm

Venue: Shrewsbury Abbey, Shrewsbury

Shrewsbury Abbey

  • Verdi "Aida" Opera Gala :
    with Shrewsbury Community Choir
    (Malcolm Sargent version)

Wednesday 21st November 2012 at 7.30pm

Alington Hall, Shrewsbury SchoolVenue: Alingon Hall, Shrewsbury School

  • Beethoven Egmont
  • Grieg Piano Concerto :
    Soloist: Viv McLean (piano)
  • Shostakovich Symphony No.5

Wednesday 30th May 2012 at 7.30pm

Theatre Severn
Venue: Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury

John Williams Star Wars Suite
John Williams "Hymn to the Fallen"
from Saving Private Ryan
John Williams Superman
Tchaikovsky Swan Lake - music used in Black Swan and Billy Elliot
Mascagni Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana
- Raging Bull & The Godfather

Wednesday 21st March 2012 at 7.30pm

Shrewsbury AbbeyVenue: Shrewsbury Abbey, Shrewsbury

  • Beethoven 'Coriolan' Overture Opus 62
  • Elgar Sea Pictures Opus 37 - soloist Sarah Fryer
  • Nielsen Sinfonia Espansiva - soloists Cathy Benson and Stephen Garner

Wednesday 30th November 2011 at 7.30pm

Alington HallVenue: Alington Hall, Shrewsbury School

  • Karelia Suite - Sibelius
  • Symphony No 7 in C major - Sibelius
  • Arutunian Trumpet Concerto
  • Soloist: Wendy Jones (trumpet)
  • Symphony No 1 in Bb major Op.38 (Spring) - Schumann

Wednesday 24th March 2010

Smetana - Overture to the Bartered Bride

Tchaikovsky - Violin Concerto in D

Soloist: Rhys Watkins (violin)

Brahms - Symphony No 3 in F

Wednesday 9th June 2010 - A Programme of American Music


  • Catherine Benson (soprano)
  • Stephen Garner (baritone)
  • Paul Bramwell (violin)

COPLAND “Fanfare for the Common Man” and "Rodeo"

GERSHWIN Songs from “Porgy and Bess”, (arr. Custer) “A Salute to the Big Apple”

SOUZA Marches “The Liberty Bell” and "Stars and Stripes Forever"

GERSHWIN "An American in Paris" (adapted)

K BADELT "Pirates of the Caribbean"

J WILLIAMS “Schindler's List” and Suite from “Star Wars”

Wednesday 15th June 2011 at 7.30pm

Theatre SevernVenue: Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury

A Programme of British Music including:

  • Holst - Planets Suite (Mars & Jupiter)
  • Goodwin - 633 Squadron
  • Coates - Dambusters March
  • Elgar - Pomp & Circumstance No 4
  • Karl Jenkins - Palladio
  • MacCunn - Land of the Mountain and the Flood
  • Walton - Henry V
  • Hess - Ladies in Lavender
  • John Barry - Selections from John Barry

Wednesday 30th March 2011 at 7.30pm

Shrewsbury AbbeyVenue: Shrewsbury Abbey, Shrewsbury

  • Symphony No 103 in E flat - Haydn ("Drumroll")
  • Clarinet Concerto - Mozart
  • Soloist David Campbell (clarinet)
  • Symphony No 7 in D minor - Dvorák

Wednesday 8th December 2010 at 7.30pm

Shrewsbury SchoolVenue: The Alington Hall, Shrewsbury School

  • "Spitfire" Prelude and Fugue - Walton
  • "Konzertstück" for Four Horns and Orchestra - Schumann
  • Symphony No 6 in B minor "Pathétique" - Tchaikovsky

Tickets £10 (comcession £8, children under 18 FREE) are available from Theatre Severn Box Office

Please note that you cannot use the Theatre's website to obtain tickets for this event. You will need to call the Box Office on 01743 281281 or pop into Theatre Severn, Frankwell Quay, SHREWSBURY, SY3 8FY.

For further information please ring 01743 232729.

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David Campbell

David Campbell

David Campbell performed Mozart's Clarinet Concerto Wednesday 30th March 2011

Naomi Harvey

Naomi Harvey

Naomi Harvey was one of our soloists in Verdi's Aida on Wednesday 20th March 2013

Viv McLean

Viv McLean

Viv McLean performed Grieg's Piano Concerto Wednesday 21st November 2012

Rhys Watkins

Rhys Watkins performed Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto in D on 24th March 2010