Biographies

Vetta Wise

Vetta Wise

Director of Music

Vetta Wise, having trained at the University of Cape Town and the RCM Opera School and worked as a solo singer in the UK and SA for several years, settled in the UK after 12 years as Chorus Master of Cape Town Opera, Director of the CT Philharmonia Choir, and as University lecturer in South Africa.

She established the ground-breaking opera Choral Training Programme for disadvantaged young township singers, and worked with, amongst others, Menuhin, Osawa, Pavarotti, Rutter, Willcocks, the LPO and Birmingham Royal Ballet, winning national awards for her choral work. She has also conducted choirs in Germany, Italy, Austria and Denmark.

Vetta now has a busy Suffolk singing studio, runs choral workshops and vocal master-classes in the UK and beyond, conducts a variety of choirs and adjudicates. Chorus Master for Britten’s War Requiem at Bury Cathedral in 2013, she frequently conducts massed and community choir performances, including the Verdi, Fauré & Mozart Requiems and, most recently, Handel’s Messiah in Cape Town and Mendelssohn’s Elijah in Great Yarmouth Minster. Vetta travels regularly to carry out workshops, master-classes and international adjudication.

Her formation of the solo ensemble Seraphim four years ago has led to popular “musical pilgrimage” days in East Anglian churches, and concerts and tours in the UK, Venice and Jersey. Her newest project is producing a lunchtime solo recital series for the community at Kirkley Church, and her “oldest” project in the area, still close to her heart, is the Pakefield Singers!

Terry Cunnane

Terry Cunnane

Accompanist

Born in Manchester Terry taught in East Anglia for more than 20 years. Since leaving teaching Terry is now in great demand as a pianist; he has played in Cambridge, Norwich, Snape Maltings and London.

A burning interest in music began at the age of eleven when he decided to study the piano: later going on to Nottingham University to study under Glynn Davies and Dennis Todd.

Later he trained for a year as a conductor with the Association of British Choral Directors in London and was Musical Director of the Great Yarmouth Choral society.

As well as working with Pakefield Singers he also works with Beccles Choral Society and Halesworth Festival Voices. He is regularly invited to play solo pieces. He is a guest accompanist for the female choir Libricini.

Recently he played for The Military Wives Choir Tour for their sell-out performance in Norwich Cathedral. He conducted a Junior Schools Choir in Norwich Cathedral for the Inspiration Trust.

As well as working with choirs Terry also accompanies soloists, composes and creates arrangements for voices, and instrumental groups.

He strongly believes in the wide-ranging beneficial effects of music itself as well as in its ability to bring together a wide variety of people.