Pakefield Singers – Together in Harmony

This is a double celebration marking both the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen, and the 20th anniversary of Pakefield Singers. The programme includes music performed by the choir over the past two decades with grand choral items, but also providing moments for reflection. Mozart’s Coronation Mass, regal and celebratory in nature makes is perfect for a grand occasion. It showcases Mozart’s inspired choral writing and his instinctive genius when composing for the solo voice. The other mass in the concert has a gentler feel and was composed in just one week by a youthful Schubert but demonstrating greater musical maturity. Together with other well know choral masterpieces by the likes of Handel, Beethoven and Mendelssohn they make for a grand celebratory concert.

Tickets £12.50 (under 16 free) are available from              The Halesworth Bookshop 42 Thoroughfare, ‘Take Note Music’, 11 Grove Road, Lowestoft, and on the door. Information/ticket line – 01502 573733 

We welcome new members and currently have spaces  for basses and would be pleased to hear from you if you fit the bill or would like to know more. Please email  pakefieldsingers@gmail.com   

REVIEW OF OUR SELL OUT AUTUMN CONCERT

Mozart Requiem and Laudate Dominum – Pakefield Singers

St Mary’s Church in Halesworth, Saturday, November 13

The typically seasonal weather seemed to set the scene on the evening of November 13, as we headed out to Pakefield Singers’ concert in the delightfully brightly lit and welcoming St Mary’s Church, Halesworth.The weather didn’t dampen the spirits of the large audience however – turning out in their hundreds to support this popular local choir. Standing-room only and the complete sell out of tickets was a good indication of the reputation that Vetta Wise and Pakefield Singers have in the area. 

The programme started with Mozart’s Laudate Dominum sung by Katalin Prentice. Having not heard this extremely talented soprano before, her pure tones soaring to the lofty heights of the church presented a perfect hors d’oeuvres for the mighty Requiem which was to follow and was thoroughly deserving of the enthusiastic applause following her performance.

From then on, you could have heard a pin drop. Tackling a work of such magnitude as the Requiem is no mean feat for any amateur choir. However, from the opening bars of the Requiem aeternam, through the exquisite Lacrimosa (never fails to draw a tear), to the final chords of the Communio, what struck most was the mastery in the blend of the voices. Beautiful lines emerged in the fugal entries like silk, pianissimos hung magically suspended in the lofty heights of the church, contrasting with, and anticipating those dramatic climatic moments, punctuated by Latin diction you could cut with a knife.

The choir, soloists Katalin Prentice, Shirley Smith, Krenulla Curzon, Evan Ruth and Christopher Upton, accompanied by the sympathetic and highly skilled organist Tim Patient, presented a performance of a calibre that would not be out of place on the professional stage.

This, all under the baton of Choral Director Vetta Wise – whose professional reputation and pedigree (local and international) is widely recognised – and whom we are lucky to have as a member of our local community.

Review by Stella Calver LTCL, LLCM, PGCE (music teacher)

 

 

 

   

Click on these links to watch:
The Light Returns – First Light Festival – Winter Solstice  https://youtu.be/1WK6DxaaxDc

Lockdown Video – Gloria – Vivaldi         https://youtu.be/WHLRj7xfgJU

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Pakefield Singers is an amateur choir based in Pakefield near Lowestoft, Suffolk. We are a unique choir with an extensive and varied repertoire and performance history, spanning all types of music

We rehearse at Pakefield Church on Wednesday evenings throughout the year, with a short summer break, and perform up to five concerts a year across the region, both by ourselves and in conjunction with soloists, other choirs and orchestras.

You can hear  extracts from previous performances at:

Messiah

Performed  in St Margaret’s Church,  Lowestoft on October 29th 2022

Pakefield Singers – Conducted by Vetta Wise
With Norwich Baroque
  

You can hear the final chorus from Beethoven’s “Mount of Olives”
recorded by Paul Johnson at The Palm Sunday Concert on Sunday 14th April 2019 by clicking here 

https://youtu.be/f2i7uTLVbU0

 

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If you would like to join the choir please email Judith pakefieldsingers@gmail.com

You can find out more about our history, performances and our extensive and varied repertoire within the pages of this site.