English Arts Chorale

2021-2022 Season No. 42

2020-2021 <<  2021-2022

Scheduled Events     

Date Event Venue Ticketing
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 Booking closed   
Nov 28th Mendelssohn Elijah  QEH, South Bank Booking closed  
Apr 9th Dvorak Stabat mater     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


Season Overview

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.




Open Singing Day on Mendelssohn's Elijah

Led by Leslie Olive

Venue  St Mark's Church, Alma Road, Reigate  RH2 0DA
Saturday September 18th, 2021


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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
Finzi Prelude
Finzi Romance
Rutter Folk Song Suite


The English Arts Orchestra
Leader Julian Milone
Conducted by Leslie Olive


St Mary's Church, Reigate  RH2 7RN
Saturday October 23rd, 2021  7.30pm



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Mendelssohn's Elijah

Linda Richardson
Diana Moore
Greg Tassell
Gareth Brynmor John

English Arts Orchestra

Conducted by Leslie Olive


Queen Elizabeth Hall, South Bank
Sunday November 28th, 2021  7.30pm



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Dvorak's Stabat mater


Conductor Leslie Olive

Organ Jonathan Lilley


St Mary's Church, Reigate   RH2 7RN
Saturday April 9th, 2022  7.30pm





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Vespers in St Edmundsbury Cathedral

A performance of selected movements from Sergei Rachmaninov's Vespers, or All-night Vigil


St Edmundsbury Cathedral
Friday May 27th, 2022  9pm







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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
Elgar Enigma Variations

Tenor James Gilchrist

Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor Leslie Olive


St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds
Saturday May 28th, 2022



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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


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