English Arts Chorale

2020-2021 Season No. 41

2019-2020 <<  2020-2021 >> 2021-2022

Season Overview

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.



A Festive Christmas Concert





Livestreamed to your Living Room


The English Arts Chorale is inviting you to join them for some beautiful, inspiring and festive music, in our Christmas concert live-streamed from St. Mary’s Church, Reigate, at 6pm on Saturday 12th December. The concert will last around 40 minutes - perfect to accompany pre-dinner drinks!

As well as traditional and well-loved carols, the concert will include arrangements by EAC’s artistic director Leslie Olive; former member Mark Browse’s spine tingling version of There is No Rose; and Paul Carr’s The Lamb, a glorious setting of William Blake’s text, commissioned by members of EAC.

If you’re looking for something to bring you the spirit of Christmas, please join us from the comfort of your living room, for a special evening of celebration and festive magic.

While the concert is free to attend, we would very much welcome any donations, which we will be sharing with our chosen charity, St. Catherine’s Hospice.



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Come & Sing Messiah


Come & Sing Messiah

Saturday 17th April 2021 is a special day for the EAC. On that exact date in 1981, Handel’s Messiah launched the EAC into life with 147 singers plus orchestra and soloists and a church heaving with audience. 

On the exact same day of the year - 17th April - in the exact same place, with exactly the same great music, we celebrate and give thanks for 40 years of life-enhancing music. Four sparkling young soloists and full orchestra join the EAC for what we can promise you will be an unforgettable occasion.

A Come & Sing, followed by an evening performance with orchestra and soloists

Jane Burnell
Florence Pettet
James Edgeler
Jamie Wright

Conducted by Leslie Olive

St Mary's Church, Reigate  RH2 7RN
Saturday April 17th, 2021


A Singing Day with Gavin Carr





The well-known choral conductor and director Gavin Carr will lead this singing day exploring Paul Carr's Four Seasons


St Mary's Church Reigate  RH2 7RN
Sunday May 2nd


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St Edmundsbury Cathedral



As part of the Abbey of St Edmund Millennium celebrations, the EAC are giving the first performance of a specially-commissioned work by Paul Carr, Into the Light.


English Arts Chorale
Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor: Leslie Olive

St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds
Saturday May 29th, 2021


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Sponsor's Charity Concert



A fund-raising concert in the Hawth Theatre Crawley, organised by our sponsor KMG, in aid of St Catherine's Hospice and Cancer Research.

Thursday June 10th, 2021


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Summer Concert

World Première       CANCELLED
Paul Carr Four New Seasons

Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem

Soprano: Jay Britton
Baritone: Gavin Carr

The English Arts Chorale & Orchestra
conducted by Leslie Olive

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

Saturday July 3rd, 2021   7.30pm

Ticket Prices:   £22; £17; £12


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