Singing Day in Reigate, 11th May

Type of post: Local Musical Events
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Posted By: Keith McClurey
Status: Current
Date Posted: Mon, 6 May 2024
Dear Music lover,
We would be extremely grateful if you could circulate the enclosed information to your members about the English Arts Chorale's upcoming Singing Day.


If you love to sing for the pure pleasure of singing, what could be better than the relatively “easy win” of a Haydn Mass plus three fabulous English choral songs. On Saturday 11th May – a fortnight tomorrow?

It’s not the most familiar of the great late Haydn Masses, the “Nelson”, but the last of the series, the less frequently performed “Harmonie-messe”. It’s a substantial work with plenty to entertain us for a day of singing for the sheer fun of it.


But the joy does not end there. Three of my favourite short works will provide variety and a change of flavour. Sir Arthur Sullivan’s The Long Day Closes has been widely re-discovered in the last few years and it’s great to see and hear such a perfect short work being celebrated and enjoyed again.


When I was at school I had a clarinettist friend who often asked me to accompany him, and I remember the music as always being by Gerald Finzi. In spite of that it’s only recently I have performed his “My Spirit Sang All Day”, an explosion of delight in the beloved – a very unusual type of love song, not gentle, thoughtful, and quietly adoring, but instead a great fanfare of exultation. The sheer absolute unquenchable joy is intoxicating.

Bob Chilcott’s “The Lily and the Rose” brings us up-to-date with the composer’s understanding of, and delight in, delicious choral sound.  

Join us at St Mary’s Church Reigate on SATURDAY 11th MAY for a day of singing for the sheer pleasure of singing, for interesting and easily accessible repertoire.

Best wishes

Leslie Olive
Founder and Artistic Director