English Arts Chorale

2022-2023 Season No. 43

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Season Overview

RVW150 - two performances of Vaughan Williams' majestic A Sea Symphony, straddling the 150th anniversary of his birth, in a programme that also includes his A London Symphony.

We celebrated Christmas with a "Christmas Sparkler" in Reigate - Messiah Christmas music, plus trumpet and vocal jewels.

Our concert in March 2023 featured Gabriel Fauré's Requiem and Sunrise Mass by the Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo.

Our Summer Concert in July included another French requiem setting, by Duruflé, and Poulenc's Gloria, and was followed by a French-themed buffet party to mark the end of the season.

During the season we hosted two open singing days, working on Verdi and Mozart Requiems, in November and February respectively, and we welcomed singers to two open rehearsals on Haydn's Nelson Mass and Mozart's Mass in C-minor.


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RVW 150

A contribution to the celebration of Ralph Vaughan Williams' 150th birthday

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Vaughan Williams  A Sea Symphony
Vaughan Williams  A London Symphony

Soprano Elin Pritchard
Baritone Gareth Brynmor John

English Arts Orchestra
Conductor Leslie Olive

Dorking Halls  RH4 1SG
Saturday October 8th, 2022  7.30pm


St Edmundsbury Cathedral
Saturday October 15th, 2022  7.30pm




Open Singing Day - Verdi Requiem


Leslie Olive director

St Mary's Church, Reigate  RH2 7RN
Saturday November 19th, 2022  11am - 4pm





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A Christmas Sparkler

Celebratory music for trumpet, soprano, orchestra, organ and choir including Mozart’s Exultate Jubilate, favourites from Handel’s Messiah and a scrumptious setting of In the Bleak Midwinter, with guests including Christian Barraclough, trumpet, Jane Burnell, soprano, James Edgeler, tenor, and Ian le Grice, organ.


Leslie Olive conductor

St Mary's Church, Reigate  RH2 7RN
Saturday December 3rd, 2022  7.30pm





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Open Singing Day - Mozart Requiem


Join us for a rewarding and enjoyable workshop exploring Mozart's masterpiece with Leslie Olive, the EAC's founder and artistic director. There will be refrershments, cake, and raffle prizes including delectable hampers. An informal sing-through, with EAC soloists, concludes the day.


St Mary's Church, Reigate  RH2 7RN
Saturday February 4th, 2023  11am - 4pm


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Fauré Requiem, Gjeilo Sunrise Mass


Gjeilo (pronounced Yay-lo) is a Norwegian composer. The choir is familiar with Gjeilo’s choral compositions, having featured his work The Ground on their CD Radiance. Sunrise is a setting of the traditional church Mass as a human spiritual journey in four movements, with The Ground concluding the final movement. Founder and artistic director of the English Arts Chorale, Leslie Olive, is looking forward to conducting Sunrise Mass: “the choir specialises in a blended sound of which I am very proud; I believe Gjeilo’s work will give us a chance to show this at its best”.

Complementing this contemporary piece will be Fauré’s well-known and much-loved Requiem.

Natalie Werner soprano
Charlie Baigent baritone

Leslie Olive conductor

English Arts Orchestra


St Mary's Church, Reigate  RH2 7RN
Saturday March 18th, 2023  7.30pm


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Duruflé Requiem, Poulenc Gloria
Françaix Suite Carmelite


Jay Britton soprano
Jonathan Lilley organ
Leslie Olive conductor


St Mary's Church, Reigate  RH2 7RN
Saturday July 8th, 2023  6pm




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