An Evening of Song


Saturday 12th July
at 7.30pm


by Festival Choral Oregon



The walls of St Saviour's will resound with beautiful choral music on Tuesday 12 July when Festival
Chorale Oregon perform their concert.

The visiting American Choir 'Festival Chorale Oregon', from Salem, Oregon with director
Dr. Solveig Holmquist – will perform an uplifting and inspiring concert including a wide variety of styles of American choral music through history including Shaker, Gospel and contemporary.

The chorus of professional and amateur singers will be touring the UK and will be taking part in the world famous Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod Festival before they arrive in Eastbourne.

They have performed at Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Centre in New York in the past, so we know they are going to be good! Entry is free.


The Chorale has presented choral masterworks by composers such as Vivaldi, Bach, Bernstein, Schubert, Händel, Haydn, Distler, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Schutz, Puccini, Britten, Poulenc, Vaughan Williams, Brahms, and Verdi, accompanied by musicians from Oregon’s symphonic community.

Although the emphasis is on sacred choral music, Festival Chorale Oregon has on occasion investigated show music, performing Gershwin, Porter, opera choruses, spirituals, folk songs, and popular music from the two World Wars, and has staged three Gilbert and Sullivan operettas.


In addition to performing three concerts a year in the Salem, Oregon area, a portion of the choir has toured Europe five times and has hosted several choirs when they toured the U.S.

Festival Chorale Oregon has performed five times in Carnegie Hall in New York City through an invitation for Dr. Holmquist to conduct in Carnegie Hall.  In May 2013 the choir joined Dr. Holmquist in Lincoln Center in New York City, performing John Rutter’s Magnificat. 

Festival Chorale Oregon

Festival Chorale Oregon is a chorus of professional and amateur singers presenting a wide variety of classical and popular music. Festival Chorale Oregon is honored to have been performing under the direction of our founding director, Dr. Solveig Holmquist, for over 35 seasons.  Formed in 1979 with eight members in Stayton, the Chorale has grown to an ensemble of 100 singers from the Mid-Willamette Valley. 

The founding purpose of the Chorale is to explore worthy choral literature, understand music history and promote proper choral singing technique for greater enjoyment of choral music for singers and listeners in our community.

Administered by a 13-member Board of Directors from within its membership, FCO singers purchase their own music and pay regular dues, thus freeing ticket revenues, along with grants and patron contributions, to be used to fund the instrumental accompaniment foundational to the group’s repertoire.