The free Friday lunch-hour concert series at St Chad’s Church, Shrewsbury; one of the biggest in the country, continues on March 1st with a violin recital by Shrewsbury School Head of Strings, David Joyce, accompanied by former Director of Keyboard Studies at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Richard Silk. Their programme features music by Handel, Mozart and Grieg. On March 8th an organ recital by David Thomas will present a programme which includes a transcription of Rachmaninov’s famous Prelude in C sharp minor. March 15th will see St Chad’s host student soprano Abigail Baylis from the Birmingham Royal Conservatoire

Concert Director Richard Walker said: “Concerts in the Round’ at Shrewsbury’s Civic Church – St Chad’s – have made an excellent start this year with audiences already in 3 figures.  They continue almost weekly for the rest of the year – but please note there is no concert on Good Friday – March 29th.

Finally for the month, on March 22nd, we have one of four planned visits by students of Chethams’ School of Music in Manchester.  We never know until the last minute what to expect, so visit the St Chad’s website a few days ahead of the concert to find out.  Chetham’s train the professional musicians of the future; so you will have to pay serious money to hear some of them later in their careers, but you can come to St Chad’s free of charge! Concerts begin at 12.30pm, lasting 40 minutes and feature a wide range of music. A light lunch is served after each concert in the church hall so please come and enjoy some superlative performances that I am confident will delight our audiences”.

Full listings, including programmes of forthcoming concerts, can be found on the church website:

David Joyce, Head of Strings at Shrewsbury School.

Abigail Baylis.

Chethams students.