Most of our repertoire is sung just by the choirs, but we do use soloists for some songs. It's usually about 2 songs out of 10 that will require a soloist as well as the choir, which adds extra interest both for the choir and also for audiences.
We have three choir soloists, none of whom are choir members. I feel it's important to use soloists who are experienced and gifted singers (just as is the case in classical choirs) and who can, as such, provide the choir with the best possible complement to their own performances. Scroll down the page for more information on our soloists........
A fun, welcoming community choir based in Cranleigh, Surrey
led by Sharon Duggan Singer, Singing Teacher, Vocal and Performance Coach,
Choral Director, Artist Manager Tel: 01483 271469; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Eleanore has been the choir's principal soloist since it started in 2006.
She works predominantly as a singer/songwriter and composer. Eleanore has an exceptional voice with a vocal range of 4 octaves. Currently working on her second album of original songs. Her credits to date include:
"asmakam - the quest" - an orchestral album (which went to the Edinburgh Fringe in 2008);
"Parlour Game" - the debut album of original songs released in November 2009
3 singles to her credit to date between 2006 - 2011
December 2013: she was commissioned to compose pieces for the film "Dreaming the Dream": "The Dreaming" and "Midsummer Lullaby" released December 2014 as a double A side single.
"The Gift" - the second album of original songs which is being released in three parts. "The Gift" (Part I) was released in May 2014, Part II was released in July 2015. She is currently promoting the new album with her band Eleanore & the Lost.
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Ray has performed as a soloist with the Cranleigh choir for many years and is an accomplished jazz singer.
He worked in a jazz/swing duo with myself for a number of years.
Phil performed his debut with the choir in our summer 2017 concert singing "Go Now". He has, however, had a prestigious career as a professional opera singer with English National Opera, where he was a tenor in the Opera Chorus for nineteen years. He also performed solo roles with E.N.O. during this time, most notably Pong in "Turandot" and Parpillon in "La Boheme". He was at the Paris Opera House prior to E.N.O. for three years.
Singing contemporary repertoire has been a new challenge and Phil looks forward to singing with the choir again in the future.