Project information

Verdi Requiem from memory

The EAC will learn and perform from memory the Vedi Requiem in the Queen Elizabeth Hall

January 2011 - June 2011

Charity information

The Music Trust

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  • Need


    The intrinsic difficulties which singers of all ages but particularly older singers epxerience in developing the mental techniques for committing to memory complex choral works and recalling them at will to performance standard


    The English Arts Chorale - an activity of the Muic Trust - has refined a systematic learning process based on techniques first developed by Leslie Olive, founder of the MT, several years ago which promises to overcome the mental block suffered by performers in precisely recalling complex musical structures.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To create and test a replicable method for memorizing and recalling complex musical subjects


    » Undertake a systematically programmed learning process with stepped recall testing activities

    Success will be.measured by results achieved in a stepped testing process .

    Aim 2

    To demonstarte the efficacy of the evolved methodology in public performance & ensuing promulgation


    » The EAC will give a public performance of the Verdi Requiem in the QEH subject to critical review

    Success will be.measured by the quality of performance in public assessed by professionally review abd publication of results...

  • Impact


    A tested, replicable methodology for teaching singers of all ages to memorise and precisely recall complex musical works, Increased personal confidence and self-fulfilment. Dissemination of the system will invite feedback and ongoing future refinement and sharing of results with a view to wider collaboration and benchmarking,


    Human factors are always difficut to predict with assurance and each of the aims caries an intrinsic human risk of under-achievement or failure. The stpped testing process should enable the degree of risk to be accurateky measured and dissipated through targeted re-programming as required.


    Donors will be invited to attend the public performance to assess the suceess of the project and reports of the outcome of professional assessment with be pulicised.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £20,500

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,700 Training programme 24 dedicated sessions including music and royalties
      £15,400 Concert resources Orchestra, conductor, soloists
      £2,400 Venue hire Standard QEH rates

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Anonymous donor £1,500 Guaranteed
    EAC MFA £2,000 Conditional
    The Music Trust £3,000 Conditional
  • Background


    All training and rehearsal for the project takes place in the Wray Park school Reigate and the culminating public performance is scheduled to takeplace in the Queen Elizabeth Hall on the South Bank


    The direct participants in the project number 75. The long term benefiots will be experiencesd by present and future generations of amateur singers throughout the UK and potentailly further afield.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The techiques being employed for the project have eveloved from many years' development by the English Arts Chorale

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Leslie Olive

    Leslie is the founder of the EAC and has been its director and inspiration thoughout its life. His role in the project has been pivotal.