2019-2020 Season No. 40

2018-2019 <<  2019-2020 

Scheduled Events     

Date Event Venue  
Sept 21st Singing Day, led by Leslie Olive - Fauré Requiem/Carr Gloria TBA  
Oct 26th Choral Evensong, followed by Vivaldi Gloria St Mary's, Reigate  
Nov 30th Saint-Saëns Symphony No. 3 (Organ), Fauré Requiem St Mary's, Reigate  
Dec 15th Carols St Mary's, Balcombe  
Mar 28th, 2020 Vaughan Williams Sea Symphony St Edmundsbury Cathedral  
Mar 29th Vaughan Williams Sea Symphony Dukes Hall, RAM  
Apr 17th Vaughan Williams Sea Symphony Prague  
Apr 25th Singing Day - Mark Wigglesworth - Verdi Requiem St Mary's, Reigate  
July 7th Verdi Requiem, Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 QEH  

 

Season Overview

Our 40th season starts with our now-traditional September singing day, with Leslie Olive leading us through Fauré's Requiem (to be performed in November) and Paul Carr's Gloria.

In October we celebrate forty years of concerts with a choral evensong in St Mary's Church Reigate, where it all began, followed by a performance of Vivaldi's Gloria.

Our November concert in Reigate features the ever-popular 3rd Symphony of Camille Saint-Saëns, the "Organ Symphony", with Alexander Binns as soloist. Also in the programme is Gabriel Fauré's Requiem. Our traditional Christmas concert of festive music and readings takes place in St Mary's Church, Balcombe.

In 2020 we have no less than three performances of Vaughan Williams' Sea Symphony, in collaboration with the Eye Bach Choir and the Prague Conservatiore Orchestra - the first in St Edmundsbury Cathedral, the second on the following day in the Duke's Hall in the Royal Academy of Music in London, and the third in Prague as part of a mini-tour.

In April, Mark Wigglesworth, erstwhile director of English National Opera, leads an open singing day in preparation for our performance, entirely from memory, of Verdi's Requiem, in the Queen Elizabeth Hall on London's South Bank. Also in the programme (in the QEH, not at the singing day) is Tchaikovsky's 1st Piano Concerto, played by Giuseppe Guarrera.

Quite a year.

 

 

 

Open Singing Day

Faure Requiem, Carr Gloria

Leslie Olive, EAC founder and artistic director, leads this singing day exploring the Requiem of Gabriel Faure and Paul Carr's Gloria.

 

Venue TBA

Saturday September 21st, 2019     10am - 4pm

Ticket Prices:   £20,  £5 (Students)

 

 

 

Choral Evensong

Celebration choral evensong

  -  in the church where it all started, followed by a performance of Vivaldi's Gloria.

 


Conducted by Leslie Olive

St Mary's Church, Reigate  RH2 7RN

Saturday October 26th, 2019   5pm

 

 

 

 

Saint-Saëns and Fauré

The refurbished organ of St Mary's Church will be put to the test by Alexander Binns, currently Director of Music at Derby Cathedral, in a performance of Saint-Saëns' mighty Symphony No. 3, the "Organ" symphony.
 
 
Saint-Saëns  Symphony No. 3 ("Organ")   -   soloist Alexander Binns
Fauré  Requiem
Fauré  Cantique of Jean Racine
Bizet  Overture to Carmen
 
English Arts Orchestra

Conducted by Leslie Olive

St Mary's Church, Chart Lane, Reigate   RH2 7RN   

Saturday November 30th, 2019    7.30pm  

Ticket Prices:  £22 (Front Nave), £17 (Rear Nave), £12, U18s/full-time students £6. Disabled and carer - two tickets at half-price.

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Carols at Balcombe

The Chorale's traditional Christmas celebration, with a new programme of carols, festive songs and readings.


Conducted by Leslie Olive

St Mary's Church, Balcombe

Sunday December 15th, 2019 

Ticket Prices:  £14 (Nave), £10 (Aisles).  Usual concessions.

Tickets available on the door

A Sea Symphony

We are joining forces with Eye Bach Choir and the Orchestra of the Prague Conservatoire in three performances of Vaughan Williams' majestic Sea Symphony, in St Edmundsbury Cathedral, in London and in Prague, the orchestra's home city.

 

English Arts Chorale
Eye Bach Choir

Prague Conservatoire Orchestra

Conducted by Leslie Olive

 

Vaughan Williams  A Sea Symphony
Dvorak  Te Deum
Smetana  Vltava
Smetana  Sarka

 

St Edmundsbury Cathedral

Saturday March 28th, 2020     7.30pm

 

 

 

Another Sea Symphony

 

 

English Arts Chorale
Eye Bach Choir

Prague Conservatoire Orchestra

Conducted by Leslie Olive

 

Vaughan Williams  A Sea Symphony
Dvorak  Te Deum
Smetana  Vltava
Smetana  Sarka

 

Duke's Hall, Royal Academy of Music
  
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Sunday March 29th, 2020    7.30pm

 

 

Tour to Prague

 

Continuing the collaboration with Eye Bach Choir and the Prague Conservatoire Orchestra, the Chorale is visiting Prague for a short tour in the week after Easter. The programme for the main concert will be a repeat of the concerts in St Edmundsbury and the Dukes Hall, and additionally there will be a performance of Fauré's Requiem.

Open Singing Day

 

 

Mark Wigglesworth, internationally-acclaimed conductor and erstwhile director of the ENO, will guide us through Verdi's Requiem as part of our preparation for the performance in the Queen Elizabeth Hall.

 

St Mary's Church, Chart Lane, Reigate  RH2 7RN  

Saturday April 25th, 2020     10am - 4pm

Ticket Prices:   £20,  £5 (Students)

 

 

Verdi Requiem

Season Finale

The finale of our 40th season is a performance of Verdi's great Requiem on London's South Bank, to be sung entirely from memory. Soloists include Linda Richardson, who sang in our performances of Britten's War Requiem last year, and Emily Bauer-Jones, who sang with us on our tour to Prague in 2006.

Also in the programme is Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto, with soloist Giuseppe Guarrera, runner-up in the Montreal International Competition in 2017.

 

Parry  I was glad

Verdi  Requiem
Linda Richardson  Soprano
Emily Bauer-Jones  Mezzo
Andrew Henley  Tenor
Emyr Wyn Jones  Bass

Tchaikovsky  Piano Concerto No. 1 in Bb minor Op. 23
Soloist : Giuseppe Guarrera

 

English Arts Orchestra
Conducted by Leslie Olive

 

Queen Elizabeth Hall, South Bank   
 
Tuesday July 7th, 2020   7.30pm
 
Ticket Prices:  £42, £34, £26, £12

 

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