Our Come & Sing Messiah was re-scheduled for April 17th, in St Mary's Church, Reigate, with an evening performance complete with professional soloists and orchestra. This would have been a carbon-copy of the very first concert performed by the then St Mary's Chorus, later re-named as The English Arts Chorale, in April 1980, with 150 local singers taking part.
Gavin Carr was to lead a singing day on May 2nd, exploring Paul Carr's Four Seasons - this too has been cancelled.
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 - this has now been re-scheduled for a second time, until May 2022, and we will be taking part in a concert in St Edmundsbury Cathedral, singing Paul Carr's specially-composed Into the Light.
In June we were due to participate in a fund-raising concert in the Hawth Theatre Crawley, organised by our sponsor KMG Chartered Financial Planners, in aid of St Catherine's Hospice and Cancer Research. This has ben cancelled.
Our final event of the season, on July 3rd, was to be a performance of Paul Carr's Four New Seasons and Brahms's Ein deutsches Requiem. Sadly, this too has been frustrated, and we had to make do with livestreaming a rehearsal of Autumn from Paul Carr's new work, which is the movement commissioned by and dedicated to the EAC.
December 12th - Seasonal Music Live-steamed from St Mary's Church, Reigate