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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.


There is a lot to look forward to in 2014.

If you are an aspiring singer,there's an opportunity to come and try singing with the Chorale in a workshop on 8th February. We'll be working on Dream of Gerontius, looking not just at the crotchets and quavers, but also the inner workings of Elgar's best-loved choral work. We are delighted to be performing Gerontius with Redhill Sinfonia on 6th April, perhaps you'll be singing with us by then. That concert is the first half of a partnership, as in October we'll work with Sinfonia again, this time on Beethoven's 9th symphony.

In the summer, we've a programme of British & American music which we'll perform both at Reigate St.Mary's and in St.John's Cambridge.

We're also very proud to say that in September, John Rutter will lead a workshop at Reigate St.Mary's to raise funds for their projects and the Chorale.

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? You could start with one of our workshops, details are available here.

If you are thinking of joining us, contact our membership secretary members@englisharts.org.

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