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The English Arts Chorale is an ambitious, auditioned choir of some 70 members based in Reigate, Surrey.learner-sleeve

Founded by its conductor, Leslie Olive, in 1980, the EAC has broadcast for BBC radio, sung at the Royal Festival Hall and the Barbican, and worked with the Philharmonia Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, under conductors including Klaus Tennstedt and Sir Roger Norrington. Its soloists have included a galaxy of highly-regarded names including Sir Willard White, Susan Gritton, Sheila Armstrong, and Ian Bostridge.

It has also sung Messiah in a muddy field (at the Greenbelt Festival), Carmina Burana in a public park (at Reigate Summer Music Festival), and all three Elgar oratorios (The Apostles, The Kingdom, and The Dream of Gerontius) in the same week. It has sung Vaughan Williams' Pilgrim's Progress in Dorking and A Sea Symphony at Snape Maltings and The Dream of Gerontius in the spectacular Smetana Hall in Prague. It has been coached by Jeremy Jackman, Robert Dean and its president Brian Kay.

It has raised thousands of pounds for charity, and ran one of the first choral training programmes for adult beginners, introducing hundreds to choral singing.

The English Arts Chorale routinely performs at least one major work per season entirely from memory, creating performances of immense energy and focus.



quoteThank you for a wonderful day. Experiencing John Rutter was very special. I thought that the organisation was excellent too!unquote

Our season started in a packed St.Mary's Church for a workshop led by John Rutter. You can see photos of this event here or read more workshop feedback.

Our next concert will be on Saturday 15th November in the lovely, comfortable setting of St Mary’s Church, Chart Lane, Reigate. The concert will feature the UK premiere of This Holy Child by Philip Ledger in which the Chorale will be accompanied by a chamber ensemble, including talented young local players. The Chorale will also perform Lux Aeterna by Morten Lauridsen and three movements from Rachmaninov’s Vespers. You can buy tickets here.

In December there will be the traditional two performances for Christmas at Bletchingley and Balcombe and then in March 2015, we are to take a programme of music including pieces by Philip Ledger to St.John's College, Cambridge. The season will conclude with a return to the Queen Elizabeth Hall on London's South Bank for Mozart's Requiem, plus the Haydn trumpet concerto, and the Mozart clarinet concerto.

So overall, it is going to be a very exciting year. We would be delighted to see you at these or future concerts, you can see a full list of them here. The on-going support of our audience is important to us; our Friends scheme allows us to plan more concerts. Please would you consider becoming a friend?

Sing with us

The EAC is a very special choir. Although based in Reigate, we sing in prestigious venues across the South East.

If you have some choral experience, reasonable sight-reading ability, and would like to get more from your singing, then why not come and join us? If you are thinking of joining us, contact our membership secretary members@englisharts.org.

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