The English Arts Chorale often performs from memory
The English Arts Chorale is an ambitious, auditioned choir of some 70 members based in Reigate, Surrey.
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, Ian Bostridge and James Gilchrist. The choir 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 often performs at least one major work per season entirely from memory, creating performances of immense energy and focus.
English Arts Orchestra
Outstanding orchestral playing by the English Arts Orchestra complements the distinctive English Arts Chorale sound. Audiences talk of "fresh performances from a young orchestra," "orchestra first rate", and "orchestra were fabulous!" One particularly telling comment said "I would have been pleased to hear this performance in any of the major London concert halls."
English Arts Chorale concerts appeal to a wide range of musical tastes, with major concertos rubbing shoulders with Russian folk music, and unaccompanied short works by living composers alongside the major choral-orchestral repertoire such as the Verdi Requiem. Concert venues include London's Queen Elizabeth Hall, Snape Maltings, major cathedrals and European touring. Soloists include distinguished and well-known names as well as some of the most exciting young artists of the next generation.