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.
Wonderful concert last night! English Arts Chorale never disappoint! I could listen to you all night! Congratulations to all.
... that was just some of the feedback when we performed the UK première of the late Philip Ledger's work This Holy Child.
Come and sing with us
If you have some choral experience we'd love to welcome you to our Open Singing Day on 26th September. We'll be working on the Mozart Mass in C minor for a performance later in the year. It's a great opportunity to experience the Chorale's sound from within. You can download the flyer with booking details here.
Come and hear us sing
We've plenty planned for our next season including a series of concerts at Reigate St.Mary's Church. These start at the beginning of October with Rossini's Petite messe solennelle, which famously is neither "petite" or "solennelle". In December we'll return to sing the Mozart Mass in C Minor before two performances of our popular Christmas candlelight concert.
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?
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