Shropshire Music Trust's Stellar Lineup for 40th Anniversary Year
09 Sep 2023

Shropshire Music Trust announces an impressive lineup for its 40th anniversary year - and with superstar violinist Zoë Beyers on board as new honorary patron, it's all set for a sparkling season. Pictured: Zoë Beyers with John Moore and David Waterhouse of the Shropshire Music Trust.

The Shropshire Music Trust will celebrate its 40th anniversary with an impressive programme featuring some of the best live music in the world and culminating in a major gala concert at St Chad's next June. 

Founded in 1983 by arts manager Kate Hogwood, the Trust has built a strong reputation for delivering programmes featuring all aspects of classical and world music over the last four decades. The 40th anniversary season begins with a concert at St Alkmund's Church on September 28th by one of the UK's top string groups The Dante Quartet.

One of the quartet's members is Shrewsbury-based violinist Zoë Beyers, leader of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and English Symphony Orchestra, who has also just agreed to become an honorary patron of Shropshire Music Trust. 

Zoë said she felt 'a rush of excitement and energy' at being asked: "It feels the right thing at the right time for me to be involved with the amazing legacy and future of the Shropshire Music Trust. We're riding this incredible wave of energy coming back from Covid and it's spreading. Musicians are re-engaging with the world with renewed vigour - it's a really exciting thing to be happening.

"We applaud the trust’s trustees and all the musicians and audiences who have made music come alive in Shropshire."

Zoë is looking forward to opening the season with the Dante Quartet on September 28th: "It's always a delight to play for the home crowd and this occasion feels particularly special and significant," she added.

SMT Chair David Waterhouse, said the trust was delighted to welcome Zoë on board: "Clearly she will be a huge asset - she's already fizzing with ideas about music festivals and more grass-roots engagement."

He added: "We have come through Covid and have a superb anniversary season ahead of us with our milestone being marked by a gala concert in St Chad’s Church on June 14. Please do have a look at the Shropshire Music Trust's packed 2023/24 programme, which features some of the finest performers in the UK, many of whom have international reputations as the best in their field."

Coming up for the Shropshire Music Trust's 40th anniversary year is: classical quartet The Dante Quartet (Sept 28th); an international piano recitals from Ukrainian-born pianist Dinara Klinton (Oct 22nd) and Elisabeth Brauss (May 5th); Onyx Brass Quintet (Nov 10th); Ex Cathedra's Christmas Music by Candlelight (Dec 1st); The Carducci String Quartet (Jan 28th); the Joe Stilgoe Trio for jazz lovers (Feb 23rd); Ensemble Hesperi (March 15th); Zoë Beyers and the English String Orchestra (April 14th); The London Tango Quartet (May 24th) and our 40th Anniversary Gala Concert (June 14th) featuring Ex Cathedra and guest artists.

The Dante Quartet is at St Alkmund's Church, Shrewsbury on Thursday, September 28th at 7.30pm. The programme includes Haydn’s string quartet op 76 No.4; Bridge’s Three Idylls and Beethoven’s string quartet Op 59 No.1. Tickets £20 from