2018 - 2019
Our 39th season kicks off with a short tour to Siena, in the heart of Tuscany, where we're giving two concerts and sampling the local specialities, not necessarily in that order.
Our Open Singing Day (see below) is on Handel's Messiah, and in October we travel to Suffolk for a concert in St Edmundsbury Cathedral, with the amazing Savitri Grier playing and directing Vivaldi's Four Seasons, and then we move on to Ely the following day for a concert in the Lady Chapel of Ely Cathedral.
Our December concert in Reigate features the World Pemière of Paul Carr's Gloria, commissioned by the EAC. Also in the programme are the Mozart Flute & Harp Concerto and Britten's Ceremony of Carols, and then we have our traditional Christmas concert of festive music and readings in Bletchingley.
In 2019 we have another singing day, a performance of Handel's Messiah in Reigate, an appearance at the Festival of English Music and a concert version of Leslie Olive's opera The Master of Ashmore in the Apex Theatre, Bury St Edmunds.
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Open Singing Day
Saturday 22nd September 2018
St Mary’s Church, Chart Lane, Reigate RH2 7RN
This year marks the 350th Anniversary of the birth of Thomas Coram, the philanthropist who in 1741 established the Foundling Hospital. Handel was one of Coram’s earliest supporters, and we are following in his footsteps, raising money for Coram during our Singing Day.
Next EAC Rehearsal
Monday 24th September 7.44pm #
Wray Common Primary School, Reigate RH2 0LR
New Commission from Paul Carr
"I was so delighted when EAC offered me a third commission, this time for a Gloria - a work in celebration of God. Having grown up with Vivaldi's Gloria at school, I've always loved this work and took this as my starting point. Like the Vivaldi, my Gloria starts in the bright key of D Major and is enthused with the same energy and drive throughout, although it remains very much my own. "
Paul Carr's Gloria will receive it's World Première in our December concert in St Mary's, Reigate.
Just in case you find yourself in the middle of Tuscany next week, here are details of the two concerts we'll be giving on our short tour.
On Friday September 7th, at 9pm, we'll be singing in the Church of San Vigilio, in Via San Vigilio, off Via Sallustio Bandini 48, 1-53100 Siena.
Our second concert follows a mass, in which we will be singing three pieces as part of the service. This is in the Basilica dell'Osservanza, Localita Scacciapenseri, 53100 Siena.The mass is at 6pm, and the concert follows at 7.15pm.
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Reigate Oct 2017
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