Review: Seraphim, Westleton parish church

Seraphim. Picture: SERAPHIM

Seraphim. Picture: SERAPHIM - Credit: Archant

A wide-ranging programme from Suffolk choir Seraphim delights our reviewer Frank Cliff.

Founded four years ago by its director, Vetta Wise, Seraphim, an ensemble of nine female voices, has achieved a fine reputation, one fully justified by Sunday's recital.

Celebrating music by female composers, an excellently devised programme began with a hauntingly-beautiful modern arrangement of an African lullaby, and the glorious sounds of

medieval church music by Hildegarde von Bingen and Caterina Assandra.

Hidden Romantics featured piano works by Clara Wiek Schumann, admirably performed by Karen Smith; two lovely a capella pieces by Mendelssohn's sister, Fanny, and a work by Lili Boulanger, almost touching the modern.

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The present century was represented by Bridget Cousins' Le Bonheur, and Laura Folley's A Mother's prayer - both written for Seraphim - the hushed ending of Carlotta Ferrari's Ave Regina setting the seal on

this richly-varied and excellently-performed programme.

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