About us

Market Drayton Choral Society is a mixed-voice non-auditioned choir which performs at least two concerts each year in and around North Shropshire. The choir was founded 50 years ago, and has established an excellent reputation for giving high-quality performances of works from across the choral repertoire.

We are a friendly group who rehearse on Wednesday evenings at the Alexandra Road Junior School in Market Drayton 7.45 – 9.30 pm. New members are always welcome. Please explore our website for more information.

Meet our Musical Director, Harry Hitchen

Now living in Market Drayton, Harry was born in Cheshire and studied at the Royal Northern College of Music. After graduation, he taught music in several high schools before he became Head of the Stoke-on-Trent City Music Service. Simultaneously, Harry was organist and director of music at four churches, including St Mary’s, Stafford (27 years) and has appeared on BBC Radio and Television as organist/ accompanist for various programmes.

He was also founder and director of the highly successful Pugin Singers, a chamber choir based in the Staffordshire Moorlands. He is very much looking forward to exploring new pastures and musical opportunities with Market Drayton Choral Society.

Next Concert

Saturday 29 April 2023 – St Mary’s Church, Market Drayton

Tickets £15 (Students £10, Family £30)

From any choir member, at the door, or click here to contact us

We are delighted to be joined for our April concert by two outstanding soloists — Caroline Taylor, soprano, and Harriet Goodwin, mezzo. Click here to read about them.

Last Concert

To mark our (belated) 50th Anniversary, we performed Handel’s Messiah on Saturday 19 November 2022 at 7.30 pm at St Mary’s Church, directed by David Thomas.

For this special occasion, we were joined by a professional orchestra led by Alicja Humeniuk and four outstanding soloists. Please follow the link below.

You can read reviews of the performance here and here.

Join us

New members are always welcome.  If you would like to give us a try, please contact our Secretary Nancy Stewart, and arrange to come along to a practice to see how you get on.

To find out more about how the choir works, please see this page.