Pakefield Singers – Together in Harmony
2022 is an exciting year for Pakefield Singers as we embark on a busy year of events celebrating our 20th Anniversary. We are known for our wide-ranging repertoire, and cabaret evenings have always been a feature of the choir, so we start with “Thanks for the Memory” on February 19th, in Wrentham Village Hall.
You are invited to join us as the choir present highlights from Pakefield Singers cabarets of the last two decades, along with a few new items.
Our next concert will be on Saturday 9th April in St Mary’s Church Halesworth. The programme will include Faure’s Requiem and Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater.
We welcome new members and currently have vacancies for basses and would be pleased to hear from you if you fit the bill or would like to know more. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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)
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:
Vivaldi – Gloria Schubert – Mass in G Major
Pakefield Singers – Conducted by Vetta Wise
Pakefield Players – leader Jim O’Toole
Jonathan Palman – Organ
Frank Cliff reviews Pakefield Singers performance at St Margaret’s Church, in Lowestoft on October 19th. 2019
“excellent solos from the sopranos and altos”
Read here what else this critic said about our latest concert.
Here is the final chorus from Beethoven’s “Mount of Olives”
recorded by Paul Johnson
at The Palm Sunday Concert on Sunday 14th April 2019
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You can find out more about our history, performances and our extensive and varied repertoire within the pages of this site.