Previous concerts
The Armed Man 27th October 2018

The choir was accompanied by The Centenary Orchestra in a concert to commemorate 100 years since the end of World War 1, and also to remember Wilfred Owen, the Shropshire poet who died just a few days before the war ended. The venue at St Michael's Church in Madeley was well attended by an appreciative and enthusiastic audience,

Programme: 'Oh!For a closer walk with God' by CV Stanford & 'Thou Knowest Lord' by Purcell, both sung by the choir and accompanied on the organ by David Fisher. 

'Elegy' by GT Ball, performed on the organ by Alex Woodrow

'Futility' by Wilfred Owen, recited by Kiaran Asthana and 'Dulce et Decorum Est' also by Wilfred Owen, recited by Sheila Charlson.

Elgar's 'Elegy for Strings' performed beautifully by the strings of the Centenary Orchestra, followed by Hubert Parry's 'Dear Lord and Father of Mankind' sung by choir and audience.

The highlight however, was The Armed Man by Karl Jenkins, which followed interval refreshments. The choir and orchestra delivered an emotional and stirring performance which received a standing ovation from the audience. The timpani were magnificent! Lilian Kelly's cello solo and the trumpet solo were melodic and moving, and the orchestra helped lift the choir to a new level. Our choir soloists Jane Preston (sop), Marcia Hall (alto), Roy Grain (tenor) and Neil Robinson (bass) sang like nightingales, and none of us wanted the performance to end. What a fitting way to show that 'We will remember them'.




Summer Concert 2018

We had another wide ranging selection of music from shows and opera and, for once, a beautiful sunny day for afternoon tea. The choir programme included America by Bernstein, Get me to the Church on Time by Lerner and Loewe (solo by Chris Blake), I hear the Soft Note by Gilbert & Sullivan, Maid of Alsace by Lehar ( soloists Mike Street and Annette Horspool), The Blue bird by Stanford (solo by Olivia Etheridge), Villagers Chorus by Rossini, Habanera by Bizet (solo by Marcia Hall), Anvil Chorus by Verdi and Money, Money, Money by Andersson & Ulvaeus. Roy Grain (clarinet solo) treated us to Gershwin's Summertime and Acker Bilk's Stranger on the Shore and Neil Robinson's performance of In Summertime on Bredon by Peel (words by AE Houseman) was beautifully sung. The audience and performers then retired to the church gardens for a delicious strawberry cream tea and caught up on the day's Football World Cup results.

Easter Concert March 25th 2018

The first part of the Easter Concert featured a selection of beautiful and emotionally rousing songs - Vivaldi's 'Gloria', 'Speed Your Journey', 'The Lord is my Shepherd' ('Vicar of Dibley' version by Howard Goodall, soloist Miriam), Chilcott's 'Irish Blessing' and Handel's 'Zadok the Priest'. The performance of 'The Heavens are Telling' from Haydn's Creation was enhanced by soloists from the choir - Jane Preston, Roger Etheridge & Mike Street. The choir and audience were also treated to a piano recital of Schubert's 'Impromptu in G flat' by our immensely talented accompanist, David Fisher.

After a break for a drink with a selection of delicious cakes, the audience was treated to a wonderful performance of Stainer's 'Crucifixion', to lead us into Easter week. The soloists, tenor Paul Robinson and bass Neil Robinson were joined by solo voices from the choir (Kiaran Asthana, Roger Balkwill & Mike Street) in creating an atmospheric and moving performance.

Come and Sing 2018

Shifnal Chorale held it's annual Choral Workshop on Saturday 3rd February, singing Karl Jenkins's 'The Armed Man', under the musical direction of Paul Kelly. The venue, as last year, was the Trinity Methodist Church in Shifnal (Victoria Road, Shifnal TF11 8AE)

The workshop ran from 2.00 till 4.00 pm, followed by a break for tea and cakes.

We then held a sing through at 5 pm, much appreciated by the audience of friends and family.

Concert of Christmas Music on Monday 18th December 2017 in Trinity Methodist Church, Shifnal

The Shifnal Chorale and the RAF Cosford Voluntary Band joined forces to present an evening of Christmas music. In keeping with our Christmas Concert tradition, tea or coffee and mince pies were provided after the concert.

The concert programme included :

The Wexford Carol, Sister Mary had but One Child, O Nata Lux, Walking in the Air, Il est Ne le Divin Enfant, Just a Tale, & So Many Stars. The band played some wonderful rousing pieces, including the theme from Dr Who.

Autumn Concert on Saturday 21st October 2017 in St.Mary's Church, Albrighton
Autumn Concert on Saturday 21st October 2017 in St.Mary's Church, Albrighton

Shifnal Chorale presented their autumn concert in the beautiful church of St. Mary's, Albrighton. The concert started at 7:30 pm and included a variety of music including the lively "Sourwood Mountain", "Ubi Caritas" by the young Norwegian composer Ola Gjeila, the beautiful "Seal Lullaby" and two Gilbert and Sullivan pieces: we also heard our Bass Baritone Neil Robinson sing two solos, the Geordie songs, "The Happenny Wood at Bedlington" and "The Cheviot Hills". Finally the choir sang a Cole Porter Medley before everyone took a break and enjoyed wine and cheese in the interval. 

After returning from our break the Chorale sang an arrangement for a mixed voice choir of 'Wonderful World', with a trumpet accompaniment provided by the Music Director, Paul Kelly. This was followed by Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah', then another favourite "You Raise me Up", two more Gilbert and Sullivan songs, the wistful "Autumn Leaves", and finally a more challenging song for the choir, "The Continental"! All in all, it was a successful evening.  

Summer Concert in St. Andrew's Church, Shifnal on Sunday 16th July 2017
Summer Concert in St. Andrew's Church, Shifnal on Sunday 16th July 2017

The Shifnal Chorale choir presented a rich mixture of light music. After the concert, the audience decamped outside to the church gardens, where we all enjoyed a scrumptious summer afternoon tea with scones, cream and of course, strawberries.

Spring Concert on 8th April 2017
Spring Concert on 8th April 2017

Shifnal Chorale presented a programme of classical music at Shifnal's Trinity Methodist Church, assisted by the Shropshire Chamber Orchestra.


Cantique de Jean Racine, by Gabriel Fauré 

Ave Verum Corpus, by Mozart

En Prierè, by Gabriel Fauré, soloist Marcia Hall

Vivaldi Cello Concerto in A minor RV418, featuring Lilian Kelly as soloist

Sancta Maria, Mater Dei K273, by Mozart 


Requiem, by Gabriel Fauré