English Arts Chorale

Elijah Challenge 2021


Do you relish a challenge?

On November 28th 2021 the English Arts Chorale will be performing Mendelssohn's Elijah, in South Bank's Queen Elizabeth Hall. Conducted by Leslie Olive, the Chorale's founder and artistic director, the soloists will be Linda Richardson, Diana Moore, Greg Tassell and Gareth Brynmor John.

The Chorale is recruiting additional singers for this concert. If you think you would enjoy this challenge, can read music and have some choral experience, you can join us as a Visiting Singer - we'd love to hear from you.

The Challenge starts on August 31st, with our first rehearsal at Wray Common Primary School in Reigate, RH2 0LR.

The cost of the Challenge is £60 (£30 for singers under 30).

The fee includes:
31st August to 22nd November      Weekly rehearsals at Wray Common Primary School, Reigate
18th September                                 Singing Day at St Mark's Church, Reigate
28th November                                  Afternoon rehearsal at QEH followed by evening performance at 7.30pm

The rehearsals in Reigate take place on Monday evenings, 7.44pm to 10pm, except for August 31st, a Tuesday.

Access to online resources and sectional rehearsals will also be available, and the cost of hiring a score is included.

To book your place on the EAC 2021 Elijah Challenge, please complete our online registration form.

If you have any questions that aren't answered by our AsFAQs below, send us an email.



Answers to Frequently-Asked Questions

Christine Arnold can be contacted on singingday@englisharts.org with any query

We will be singing the English text from the Novello edition. No other edition should be used. Music will be available for hire.

There is plenty of parking at Wray Common School Reigate RH2 0LR. The school is about 20 minutes walk from Redhill and Reigate Railway Stations.
It is possible that transport from Reigate to the Queen Elizabeth Hall will be organised on the day of the concert (at additional cost).

We hope that you will be able to attend all rehearsals. However, if you cannot come to all of them for whatever reason, you should let Christine Arnold, or relevant Section Leader know as soon as possible.
An attendance register will be kept by each Section Leader.

If a rehearsal is cancelled for any reason, you will receive an email and information will also be posted on the EAC website.

Our normal policy is no refunds, but if something untoward occurs, please contact Christine Arnold

You can buy tickets from August 20th, directly from the Southbank Centre

Artistic Director Leslie Olive offers his reflections on Elijah

The English Arts Chorale and Orchestra present their vibrant performance of Mendelssohn’s vivid and dramatic tale of the triumphs and despair of the great Old Testament Prophet Elijah. Surprisingly modern for a story from the Ninth Century BC, set to music composed in the 1840s by Felix Mendelssohn, this snapshot of the human condition uses music of intense insight to reflect on whether the woes of a nation are the responsibility of its people.

A complex and complete character, Elijah is portrayed as a convincing human being who knows he is the only remaining voice of truth but succumbs to the depths of despair. Intensely compassionate for a mother with a child at the point of death, he can also be august and commanding. His battle for the soul of the nation against the prophets of corrupt religion exhausts him even though he emerges the winner.

Mendelssohn is at a high point of his creative powers in this exceptional work. The English Arts Chorale and Orchestra under their inspirational conductor Leslie Olive bring the tale vividly to life.