23 September 2017
the armed man
OPEN SINGING DAY on Karl Jenkins' THE ARMED MAN, in aid of Singing for Syrians charity. Presented by Stowmarket Chorale. Woolpit, Suffolk.
Leslie Olive says: Congratulations to everyone who took part in this very rewarding day. For nearly 60 singers coming together for the first time to achieve this much togetherness, blend, and rhythmic precision is a huge achievement. Well done! And thanks to Jo Churchill MP for introducing us to the Singing for Syrians charity which the singers supported.
30 September 2017
BRITTEN WAR REQUIEM workshop
Workshop for The English Arts Chorale and Burford Singers, with Leslie Olive and Brian Kay. Little Chalfont, Buckinghamshire.
7 October 2017 / 7.30pm
mendelssohn violin concerto
SUFFOLK PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA at The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, with SAVITRI GRIER, violin. Mozart Cosi Fan Tutte Overture - Butterworth Banks of Green Willow - Mendelssohn Violin Concerto - Delius On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring - Fauré Pavane - Mendelssohn Italian Symphony (No.4)
Leslie Olive says: This was an evening described as "a triumph" by people whose opinions I respect. There has been enormously encouraging feedback from many discerning people: and quite right too, for the fabulous playing throughout from the SPO and a transcendentally wonderful performance of the Mendelssohn concerto from Savitri Grier, whose playing just goes on developing and becoming more, and more, and more masterly. Huge thanks to private donors who made this concert possible through a new and imaginative funding model.
14 October 2017
vivaldi gloria - bach magnificat
OPEN SINGING DAY on music from: Vivaldi Gloria - Bach Magnificat - Poulenc Gloria - Britten Ceremony of Carols - L'Estrange Zimbe. Presented by Eye Bach Choir.
21 October 2017 / 7.30pm
paul carr stabat mater (World Première)
ENGLISH ARTS CHORALE and ORCHESTRA at St Mary's Church, Reigate, Surrey at 7.30pm. WORLD PREMIERE of EAC Commissioned STABAT MATER by Paul Carr - Elgar Sea Pictures arranged for choir by Christopher Phelps - Lauridsen Nocturnes including Sure on This Shining Night - Barber String Quartet.
Leslie Olive says: Wow! Paul Carr's Stabat Mater is glorious; simply delicious to work with and perform. Paul richly deserved the standing ovation of the very deeply touched audience members.
28 October 2017 / 8.00pm
PAUL CARR: STABAT MATER
CAMBRIDGE - Chapel of St John's College at 8.0pm: ENGLISH ARTS CHORALE and ENSEMBLE. First Cambridge performance of EAC Commissioned STABAT MATER by Paul Carr - Elgar Sea Pictures arranged for choir by Christopher Phelps - Lauridsen Nocturnes including Sure on This Shining Night - Barber String Quartet. This is a REPEAT of 21 October Reigate programme.
Leslie Olive says: An even more glorious performance of Paul Carr's new Stabat Mater, because of the glowing acoustic at St John's College Chapel. Brilliant accompanying from Karen Smith in the Elgar.
12 November 2017 / 4.00pm
elgar cello concerto
SUFFOLK PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA at Ipswich Corn Exchange. A symphony concert for Remembrance Sunday. Copland Fanfare for the Common Man - Vaughan Williams The Wasps Overture - Elgar Cello Concerto (Michael Petrov, cello) - Barber Adagio for Strings - Beethoven Symphony No.7.
Leslie Olive says: Thank you to the fabulous members of Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra for a simply outstanding performance. The whole concert was excellent, but your playing of the last movement (in particular) of the Beethoven would stand comparison with any orchestra, anywhere.
25 November 2017 / 7.30pm
EYE BACH CHOIR and KINGFISHER SINFONIA at Eye Church, Suffolk. The Glory of the High Baroque. Vivaldi Gloria - Bach Magnificat - Bach Cantata Gloria in Excelsis BWV 191. Mendelssohn String Symphony No.1
2 December 2017 / 7.30pm
the lark ascending
ENGLISH ARTS CHORALE and ORCHESTRA at St Mary's Church, Reigate, Surrey. Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending (Savitri Grier, violin) - Barber Adagio for Strings - Lauridsen Lux Aeterna - Finzi In Terra Pax - Olive Magnificat - Britten Serenade for Tenor Horn and Strings.
9 December 2017 / 7.30pm
STOWMARKET CHORALE: Carols for All, with children's choir. Stowmarket Parish Church of St Peter and St Mary.
10 December 2017 / 4.00pm
BALCOMBE CHURCH (St Mary's): ENGLISH ARTS CHORALE. Christmas music including familiar carols to sing, with readings both amusing and reflective.
15 December 2017 / 7.30pm
THE GLORY OF CHRISTMAS - Eye Bach Choir with Castleton Brass, Eye Town Hall, Suffolk.
16 December 2017 / 7.30pm
BLETCHINGLEY CHURCH (St Mary's): ENGLISH ARTS CHORALE. Christmas music including familiar carols to sing, with readings both amusing and reflective.
3 February 2018
open singing day
SINGING DAY, English Arts Chorale, Reigate.
10 March 2018 / 7.30pm
Puccini Messa di Gloria
EYE BACH CHOIR with KINGFISHER SINFONIETTA. Poulenc Gloria and Puccini Messa di Gloria. Eye Church, Suffolk.
17 March 2018 / 7.30pm
ENGLISH ARTS CHORALE with CRISPIAN STEELE PERKINS, trumpet. St. Mary's Church, Reigate, Surrey.
18 March / 7.00pm (tbc)
Zimbe! Come Sing the Songs of Africa
THE APEX, Bury St Edmunds: Stowmarket Chorale with school choirs present a programme of music for adult and children's choir. John Rutter: Mass of the Children, and Alexander L'Estrange's Zimbe! - Come Sing the Songs of Africa!
28 April 2018
britten war requiem workshop
BRITTEN WAR REQUIEM workshop with Leslie Olive and Brian Kay, for The English Arts Chorale and Burford Singer. Little Chalfont, Buckinghamshire.
19 May 2018 / 7.30pm
tippett five negro spirituals
A CELEBRATION OF AFRICA: Eye Bach Choir and children's choirs. Tippett: Five Negro Spirituals; L'Estrange Zimbe! Come Sing The Songs of Africa. With Alexander L'Estrange and the Call Me Al Quintet.
20 May 2018 / 4.00pm (tbc)
rachmaninov 2nd piano concerto
SUFFOLK PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA at Bury St Edmunds Festival, including Rachmaninov 2nd Piano Concerto.
26-27 May 2018
st edmundsbury cathedral
CARILLON Choir of Suffolk sings the services at St Edmundsbury Cathedral.
9 June 2018 / 7.30pm
britten: war requiem
WINCHESTER CATHEDRAL: Britten War Requiem with English Arts Chorale, Burford Singers, Choristers of Bristol Cathedral. Linda Richardson, James Gilchrist, Quentin Hayes. Conductor Leslie Olive, Chamber Orchestra conducted by Brian Kay.
23 June 2018 / 7.00pm (NB time)
britten: war requiem
TEWKESBURY ABBEY: Britten War Requiem with English Arts Chorale, Burford Singers, Choristers of Bristol Cathedral. Linda Richardson, James Gilchrist, Quentin Hayes. Conductor Brian Kay, Chamber Orchestra conducted by Leslie Olive.
14/15 July 2018
music for a summer afternoon
ENGLISH ARTS CHORALE'S Summer Celebration Concert, St Mary's Church, Reigate, Surrey.
5-9 SEPTEMBER 2018
SIENA, Italy: ENGLISH ARTS CHORALE on tour.