On October 27th we travel to Suffolk for a concert in St Edmundsbury Cathedral, with the amazing Savitri Grier playing and directing Vivaldi's Four Seasons, and the Chorale peforming Paul Carr's Stabat Mater, commissioned and recently recorded by the EAC. Then we move on to Ely the following day, after the clocks have gone back, for a concert in the Lady Chapel of Ely Cathedral, for another performance of the Stabat Mater and other pieces from the same recording.
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Open Singing Day
Next EAC Rehearsal
Monday 15th October 7.44pm #
Wray Common Primary School, Reigate RH2 0LR
Next Singing Day
Saturday February 9th, 2019
St Mary's Church, Reigate
Breaking with tradition, our overseas tour this year was to Italy, after four visits to Roujan in the Languedoc region of France. Staying at Le Tolfe, a wine estate just outside Siena, our party of 24 gave two concerts in the 5-day trip, one in the Church of San Vigilio, in Siena, and the other in the Basilica dell'Osservanza, just outside the city. Both concerts featured Paul Carr's Stabat Mater and other pieces the Chorale has recently recorded. As usual, the extra demands of singing in a smaller group produced two high-quality performances.
BBC music Magazine
The English Arts Chorale is featured in the "Best of British Choirs" pages of the October edition of the BBC music magazine.
New Commission from Paul Carr
"I was so delighted when EAC offered me a third commission, this time for a Gloria - a work in celebration of God. Having grown up with Vivaldi's Gloria at school, I've always loved this work and took this as my starting point. Like the Vivaldi, my Gloria starts in the bright key of D Major and is enthused with the same energy and drive throughout, although it remains very much my own. "
Paul Carr's Gloria will receive its World Première in our December concert in St Mary's, Reigate.
What Our Audience Say
Rejoice! Reigate Sep 2018
Our Recent Tweets
Not our words, but those of composer John Rutter, describing a recent performance of Lauridsen's "Sure on this shining night". Similarly, international soprano Susan Gritton, listening to the English Arts Chorale sing the Rachmaninov "Vespers," spoke enthusiastically of "a very special sound." The Chorale's distinctive sound has delighted audiences at home and abroad.