2019-2020 Season No. 40

2018-2019 <<  2019-2020 

Scheduled Events     

Date Event Venue Ticketing
Sept 21st Singing Day, led by Leslie Olive - A Sea Symphony Holy Trinity Church, Redhill  
Oct 26th Choral Evensong, followed by Vivaldi Gloria St Mary's, Reigate No tickets required
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 A Sea Symphony St Edmundsbury Cathedral  
Mar 29th Vaughan Williams A Sea Symphony Duke's Hall, RAM, London Tickets (external site) ►
Apr 17th Vaughan Williams A Sea Symphony St Salvator Church, Prague  
Apr 25th Singing Day - Mark Wigglesworth - Verdi Requiem St Mary's, Reigate Tickets 
July 7th Verdi Requiem, Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 QEH, South Bank Tickets (external site) ► 


Season Overview

Our 40th season started with our now-traditional September singing day, with Leslie Olive leading us through Vaughan Williams' A Sea Symphony (to be performed in 2020).

In October we celebrated forty years of concerts with a choral evensong in St Mary's Church Reigate, where it all began, followed by a short concert featuring Paul Carr's Ubi caritas and Vivaldi's Gloria. A retiring collection in aid of St Catherine's Hospice, Crawley, raised over £800.

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

In 2020 we have no less than three performances of Vaughan Williams' A Sea Symphony, in collaboration with the Eye Bach Choir and the Prague Conservatoire 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, former 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

Vaughan Williams A Sea Symphony

Leslie Olive, EAC founder and artistic director, leads this singing day exploring Ralph Vaughan Williams' exhilarating A Sea Symphony - the EAC will be performing this symphony no less than three times in 2020.

Venue Holy Trinity Church, Redhill  RH1 2BX

Saturday September 21st, 2019     10am - 4pm

Ticket Prices:   £20,  £5 (Students)


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Why not join us? Click here for details of our upcoming performances of A Sea Symphony, including our trip to Prague in April 2020.


Choral Evensong & Vivaldi's Gloria










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Celebration choral evensong

  -  in the church where it all started


Responses : Ayleward
Evening Canticles : Dyson in D
Ireland : Greater love hath no man
Howells : Like as the hart
Browse : Holy, heavenly love
Handel : Hallelujah Chorus

Revd. Mike Fox

Conducted by Leslie Olive

St Mary's Church, Reigate  RH2 7RN
Saturday October 26th, 2019   5pm


Followed, after a suitable interval for refreshment, by a performance of

Vivaldi Gloria
Paul Carr Ubi Caritas

at approximately 6.15pm

Crispian Steele-Perkins
Ian le Grice
Simon Edge-Partington

This will be a family occasion, with the solos sung by Chorale members, the organ played by our recently-retired organist Ian le Grice, and instrumental obbligati played by our friend Crispian Steele-Perkins.

No tickets required.

Retiring collection in aid of St Catherine's Hospice, Crawley


Saint-Saëns and Fauré



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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.
Parry  I was glad
Fauré  Cantique de Jean Racine

Fauré  Requiem      -     soloists Alice Baker, Christopher Foster
Duruflé  Notre Père
Saint-Saëns  Symphony No. 3 ("Organ")   -   soloist Alexander Binns

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) Sold Out, £17 (Rear Nave) Sold Out, £12, U18s/full-time students £6. Disabled and carer - two tickets at half-price.


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Please note that this performance will be taking place in the chancel of the church.


Carols at Balcombe



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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   4.30pm

Ticket Prices:  £12. 




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 A Sea Symphony, in St Edmundsbury Cathedral, at the Royal Academy of Music in London and in Prague, the orchestra's home city.

Ralph Vaughan Williams wrote A Sea Symphony, his first and longest symphony, between 1903 and 1909, and it was first performed in 1910 at the Leeds Festival, conducted by the composer on his 38th birthday. The text comes from Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass, and the symphony is scored for soprano, baritone, chorus and a large orchestra. The chorus sings in each of the four movements.

The EAC last sang it in a concert in Snape Maltings in 2010 in their 30th anniversary season.


English Arts Chorale
Eye Bach Choir

Prague Conservatoire Orchestra

Conducted by Leslie Olive

Julie Roberts  Soprano
Philip Smith  Baritone

Vaughan Williams  A Sea Symphony
Dvořák  Te Deum
Smetana  Vltava


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
Dvořák  Te Deum
Smetana  Vltava


Duke's Hall, Royal Academy of Music
Marylebone Road, NW1 5HT
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Sunday March 29th, 2020    6pm  (Don't forget the clocks go forward!)

Tickets available now from the RAM website here ►  or call 0207 873 7373


Tour to Prague




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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 Duke's Hall, and additionally there will be a performance of Fauré's Requiem.


Friday, 17 April
St Ludmila Church
Fauré Requiem

Saturday, 18 April
St Salvator Church
Vaughan Williams A Sea Symphony
Dvořák  Te Deum
Smetana  Vltava



Why not join us as a Visiting Singer for these performances? Click here for details of our Prague Package.


Open Singing Day

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Mark Wigglesworth, internationally-acclaimed conductor and former director of the ENO, will guide us through Verdi's Requiem as part of our preparation for the performance, entirely from memory, in the Queen Elizabeth Hall on London's South Bank.


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

Saturday April 25th, 2020     10am - 4pm

Ticket Prices:   £20,  £5 (Students)


Please note that this workshop is for singers who are familiar with the Verdi Requiem.


Sing with us in the Queen Elizabeth Hall!

You could join us to sing the Verdi Requiem on London's South Bank - click here to see details of our 2020 Verdi Challenge.



Verdi Requiem








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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


Tickets available now  ►  (external site)