Pakefield Singers – Together in Harmony

Now is a very good time to join Pakefield Singers                as we begin rehearsals for our next concert.

        Handel’s MESSIAH in St Margaret’s Church

               with Norwich Baroque Ensemble

                         Book the date now

                    Saturday October 29th

We are a friendly choir and welcome all new members but would be particularly pleased to hear from you if sing BASS. 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

Lockdown Video – Fish Gotta Swim    https://youtu.be/yGErQU4PNp0

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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.