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 also undertakes the majority of the music arrangements for the choir.
Working 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" - her 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" - her 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 spent 2017 promoting the new album with her band Eleanore & the Lost and has now returned to the studio to finish Part III of "The Gift".
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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. Originally training at the Royal Academy of Music, he then worked at Nancy Opera in Franc before moving to the Paris Opera. Following his return to England, he worked as a freelance singer before joining English National Opera, where he was a tenor in the Opera Chorus for twenty years. Whilst at E.N.O. he also performed a number of principal roles, most notably Pong in "Turandot" and Parpillon in "La Boheme".
Singing contemporary repertoire has been a new challenge and Phil looks forward to singing with the choir again in the future.