EV was founded in 1991 by a group of singers who had taken part in performances of unique jazz oratorios by Michael Garrick and conducted by Scott Stroman. They wanted to form a chamber choir that would span genres, working with authentic specialists and learning new and old music in a deep way.
Bringing Stroman on board as musical director, they established the foundations of EV that are retained today: challenging yet achievable repertoire, high-quality and outgoing performances, encouragement and open-mindedness. EV is run and managed by its members, who come from all generations and all walks of life.
EV has performed with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and OPUS 20 String Ensemble. The choir has long-standing relationships with the period-instrument City Bach Collective, Covent Garden Chamber Orchestra, Carnyx Brass Ensemble, London Jazz Orchestra, and several European choirs.
Over the years, EV has performed a huge variety of repertoire, including:
Classical, from early music to contemporary composers
Bach St. John and St. Matthew Passions, Mass in B Minor, motets and oratorios
Haydn Creation, masses
Mozart Requiem, Mass in C Minor
Beethoven Missa Solemnis, Mass in C, Choral Symphony and Choral Fantasia
Brahms Liebeslieder Waltzes
Mendelssohn Psalm 42
Faure Requiem (traditional and jazz versions)
Schoenberg Friede Auf Erden
Stravinsky Symphony of Psalms, Mass
Poulenc Gloria, Mass in G, motets
Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music
Britten Cantata Misericordium, Five Flower Songs, Ceremony of Carols, St. Nicholas
James McMillan Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross
Jazz, with many British jazz greats
Ellington arr. Stroman Suite from the Second Sacred Concert (1st performance)
Stroman Songs of the Spirit, Jazz Mass, Jazz Psalms, Songs of Life and Liberty (1st performances)
John Ashton Thomas Blake Songs for choir and jazz trio (1st performance)
Gene Puerling arrangements from Singers Unlimited
Duncan Lamont Five Songs (1st performance, coming soon)
Traditional/folk music with musicians including Chris Wood, the English Acoustic Collective and Zimbabwean singer Lucky Moyo
Eclectic Voices has also formed the chorus for stage productions including Stroman’s Fever Pitch the Opera and As You Like It, Kurt Weill’s Lost in the Stars, Britten’s Noye’s Fludde, and Odaline de la Martinez’ The Crossing.
Upcoming projects include Stroman’s opera The Weekend (from the play by Michael Palin, with words by Tamsin Collison), Steve Reich’s Desert Music, a new set of jazz songs by Duncan Lamont, newly commissioned pieces for voices and brass, and a return to Mozart’s Great Mass in C Minor.