Shrewsbury Abbey will provide the venue for Shrewsbury Choral Society’s next concert, on Saturday 24th March at 7.30pm.

Shrewsbury Choral Society has a growing reputation for innovative and inspiring concerts under the leadership of Dr. Martin Cook, the Society’s Musical Director. He will conducting the choir performing ‘Glorious Haydn’; an intriguing programme of Haydn’s music. The concert will feature a dazzlingly international array of talent and the well-established Shrewsbury Sinfonia under the leadership of Anne Tupling.

Martin Cook said: “The main work of the concert is the Missa Tempore Belli (Mass in Time of War) also known as the “Paukenmesse.” The soloists will be: soprano, Catriona Hewitson and bass, Peter Edge, who are both pursuing Masters Degrees at the Royal College of Music, the well-established tenor Joseph Spratt and the glorious contralto, Ayaka Tanimoto, from Japan.

The Shrewsbury Sinfonia will open the concert with the Overture to L’isola disabitata, an opera written by Haydn in the 1779. This dramatic piece will provide a truly stimulating start to what promises to be a memorable evening.

Following this will be the motet ‘Insanae et Vanae Curae’ sung by the choir, which is full of drama and passion. The up and coming Spanish cellist Ines Mota, will close the first half of the concert with the fantastic Cello Concerto in C. This demanding piece demonstrates the many facets of the cello and promises to be one the many highlights of the evening”.

Tickets are available priced £15 adults, children under 16 admission-free. Tickets available online at or from Shrewsbury Choral Society members; from Pengwern Books, Fish Street, Shrewsbury- 01743 232236; on the door on the night.

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