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.
Enjoy a day singing with the English Arts Chorale.
Conductor, Leslie Olive, will lead a workshop exploring not only the crotchets and quavers but also the inner workings of Mozart’s Requiem, one of the best loved choral works. The day will end with an informal performance.
The workshop will take place in the warm, encouraging acoustic and comfortable modern seating of St Mary’s Church, Reigate. It has been organised as part of the preparations for the Chorale’s performance of Mozart’s Requiem in the Queen Elizabeth Hall on Tuesday 9th June 2015. Full details
Come and hear us sing
In March, we are to take a programme of music including pieces by Philip Ledger to St.John's College, Cambridge. The season will conclude with our 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?
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