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.Follow @ChoirEAC
This is going to be a fantastic year for the Chorale. We will be returning to the Queen Elizabeth Hall on London's South Bank in June to perform Brahms' requiem, in German and from memory. If you've not seen a classical choir perform before without scores in their hands, you'll be amazed at how the increased focus between choir, conductor and audience adds to the experience. There will be a preview of the Brahms Requiem together with the Fauré Requiem in Long Melford, also in June.
If you buy your tickets from this web-site, you can avoid paying any booking fees, commision or postage charges. You just pay the face-value of the tickets. For the QEH concert, you can also book a place on our audience coach. Click here to purchase.
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?
In 2013 you would have the opportunity to sing at:
as well as St Mary’s Church Reigate, and, by Christmas candlelight, at Bletchingley Church. Singing the German Requiem from memory will be an exciting challenge, but the encouragement and support of other choir members makes it achievable and fun.
If you are thinking of joining us, contact our membership secretary.
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Renaissance is a small chamber choir made up of 16 experienced singers and performing within a 20 mile radius of Reigate. Click here