|Sep 18th||Open Singing Day on Mendelssohn's Elijah||St Mark's Church, Reigate||Booking closed|
|Oct 23rd||World Première of Paul Carr's Four New Seasons, Vaughan Williams, Finzi, Rutter||St Mary's Church, Reigate||Buy Tickets Now ►|
|Nov 28th||Mendelssohn Elijah||QEH, South Bank||Buy Tickets Now ►|
|Mar 26th||Dvorak Stabat Mater (date tbc)||St Mary's Church, Reigate||Tickets not on sale yet|
|May 27th||Rachmaninov Vespers||St Edmundsbury Cathedral||Not a Ticketed Event|
|May 28th||Paul Carr Into the Light||St Edmundsbury Cathedral||Tickets not on sale yet|
|Jun 18th||Tallis Spem in Alium, Rachmaninov Vespers||Our Lady of Lourdes, Thames Ditton||Tickets not on sale yet|
|Jul 2nd||Tallis Spem in Alium, Rachmaninov Vespers||St Mary's Church, Reigate||Tickets not on sale yet|
|Jul 16th||Open Singing Day on Vaughan Williams' A Sea Symphony||St Mary's Church, Reigate||Tickets not on sale yet|
Our Open Singing Day on September 18th is a chance for singers to join us in exploring Mendelssohn's wonderful Elijah, possibly with a view to joining the Chorale in our performance in November in the Queen Elizabeth Hall on London's South Bank.
The postponed World Première of Paul Carr's Four New Seasons will be performed in October in St Mary's Church, Reigate.
In April in St Mary's Church, Reigate, we will be performing Dvorak's Stabat Mater, the work which we had planned to take on tour to Prague this year, sadly abandoned due to the pandemic.
In 2020, it was exactly 1,000 years since the foundation of the Benedictine Monastery in Bury St Edmunds by King Canute, whose marketing department was clearly way ahead of French Connection's. In October we were due to join in the millennium celebrations, but the event was postponed and is now scheduled for May 2022. We will be taking part in a concert in St Edmundsbury Cathedral, singing Paul Carr's specially-composed Into the Light. On the previous evening, by candlelight in St Edmundsbury Cathedral, we will be singing selected movements from Rachmaninov's Vespers in a liturgical context.
In another programme postponed because of the Covid-19 virus, we are singing Thomas Tallis' forty-part motet Spem in Alium, a belated celebration of the Chorale's fortieth season. Combined with Rachmaninov's Vespers, we are giving two performances, with the Ripieno Choir of Thames Ditton, in Thames Ditton in June and Reigate in July.
Our final event of the season, on July 16th, is an Open Singing Day, exploring Ralph Vaughan Williams' A Sea Symphony, which we are planning on performing twice in October 2022, Vaughan Williams' 150th anniversary year.
Four New Seasons
The World Première of Paul Carr's Four New Seasons, a re-imagining of Vivaldi's classic piece, with texts by poets including Housman, Whitman, Shakespeare and Rossetti.
Paul's re-interpretation of Vivaldi's Four Seasons is written for choir and orchestra. Comprising four movements, each one commissioned by a choir close to Paul's heart, Four New Seasons sets twelve seasonal poems to music, with themes suggested to Paul by the atmosphere created by each of the four movements in the original piece.
Carr Ubi caritas
Vaughan Williams Fantasia on Greensleeves
Rutter Folk Song Suite
The English Arts Chorale & Orchestra
Conducted by Leslie Olive
St Mary's Church, Reigate RH2 7RN
Saturday October 23rd, 2021 7.30pm
St Edmundsbury Cathedral
As part of the Abbey of St Edmund Millennium celebrations, the EAC are joining with members of Eye Bach Choir and others in the first performance of a specially-commissioned work by Paul Carr, Into the Light.
Parry I was glad
Paul Carr Into the light
Tenor James Gilchrist
Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor Leslie Olive
St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds
Saturday May 28th, 2022
Tallis and Rachmaninov
Thomas Tallis Spem in Alium
Sergei Rachmaninov Vespers
with The Ripieno Choir
Conductors Huw Morgan, Leslie Olive
The Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, Thames Ditton
Saturday June 18th, 2022
St Mary's Church, Reigate
Saturday July 2nd, 2022