Friends of the English Arts Chorale
Do you enjoy attending concerts
and other social activities?
Would you like to contribute to
of a thriving and friendly choir
that performs music of outstanding quality?
As the EAC performing programmes continue to develop, we are delighted to be expanding the role of our Friends, the heart of our audience. The Friends is a group of like-minded people who enjoy being involved in concerts and being part of our wider choir family.
Contributions from Friends enable us to employ professional orchestral players and soloists, and are vital for us to perform outstanding concerts.
How we support the Friends
We have an enthusiastic team dedicated to caring for the Friends and managing the events. Our aim is to treat you as cherished members of our family. We are always keen to hear your ideas about how your role and participation might develop.
Your contributions will help us develop and present our acclaimed programme of concerts, learning events and recording projects.
We hope you would like to join us and
become part of our thriving and happy community.
Events for Friends
Let us know if you have any suggestions for outings and events you'd like us to arrange.
Contact our Friends Team if you'd like to know more or to let us know you're coming to our next concert. We hope to see you soon.
The English Arts Chorale
The EAC is an ambitous choir based in Reigate, Surrey, which performs in world-class venues such as St John's College Chapel, Cambridge, and London's Queen Elizabeth Hall, as well as serving its local community with events in Surrey and Sussex churches.
Past seasons included performances of Britten's War Requiem in Winchester Cathedral and Tewkesbury Abbey, premières of Paul Carr's Stabat Mater in Reigate and Cambridge, and Mendelssohn's Elijah at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. A recording of the Stabat Mater is included on our last CD, 'Radiance' on sale here.
Everyone is welcome at our Friends coffee mornings which we hold twice a year, usually at a choir member's home in Redhill on a Saturday morning. These are for current Friends as well as anyone who might like to know more about the Friends and the EAC.
The coffee mornings are a lovely chance for Friends to get together, share ideas about the EAC with a committee member, and discuss future Friends' social events.
Please email our Friends Team if you'd like to come to the next one, and we'll send you further details.
Benefits of being a Friend
- Free pre-concert receptions with opportunities to meet musicians (two tickets per Friend)
- Friends' social events and meetings, to share ideas and hear guest speakers
- Newsletters with updates on our plans and aspirations
- Invitations to join the choir members at our friendly socials such as dinners and quiz nights
- Invitations to travel with the EAC and share the social and musical experiences of performing in other parts of the country and abroad
- Recognition of your support on our website and in concert programmes (if you wish).
To join the Friends, you are invited to make a minimum donation of £40 per year.
We offer three levels of membership, each with their own extra benefits, in addition to those listed above. All benefits are per membership year, which starts when you join.
Level Two and Three Friends wishing to use their discount when buying tickets, need to email Friends Team to arrange this. Thank you.
Level One £40
Reserved seating at local concerts for two guests.
One free programme for three local concerts.
Level Two £100
Discount of £18 when you buy two or more tickets.
Reserved seating for four guests at local concerts.
One free programme at all local concerts.
Level Three £250
Discount of £25 when you buy two or more tickets.
Reserved seating for six guests at local concerts.
Two free programmes at all local concerts.
Being named in concert programmes as sponsor of an orchestral player, (if you wish).
Friends' memberships are considered charitable donations, and are eligible for Gift Aid. If you are able to do so, please complete our online Gift Aid Declaration.
We want our Friends group to be open to all, so please contact us if you would like to be considered for a concessionary rate.
How to become a Friend