The Valaam Ensemble
MICHAEL DRAKE St Peter Mancroft Church, Norwich
St Peter Mancroft Church, Norwich
How lucky it was for Norwich that this Russian male-voice quintet called into the city on Saturday lunchtime at the end of their UK tour.
The a cappella group of professional singers spend much time at the North Russian monastery after which they are named, researching and performing orthodox spiritual music and much of the programme focused on that, although included were some lighter folk songs.
I cannot recall ever having heard a group of singers with such a wide range, from the first tenor, who frequently soared to soprano heights, to the basso profundo reaching depths of incredible resonance (and his speaking voice was of similar timbre). And all the time the vocal control and dynamics were impeccable.
Although contained within two narrow bands, this did not detract from the skill with which they sang the dozen and a-half items - including encores and what I guess was a drinking song.
- 1 'It is really sad': End of an era as popular pub landlords call time
- 2 Family's heartache as dog dies after being hit by Amazon van
- 3 Family pub and restaurant opens outdoor pool to cold water swimmers
- 4 A146 closed after three vehicles and motorcycle involved in crash
- 5 Meet the three Norfolk businesses featured in Antiques Road Trip
- 6 'Torrid time' as insurance giant Marsh quits city centre
- 7 Warning after dogs left 'limp or lifeless' by mystery illness
- 8 Man set to stand trial accused of teen daughter's murder
- 9 People come 'from all over the country' to try this Norfolk seafood platter
- 10 See inside this 'stunning' £700k family home for sale in a Norwich suburb
Given the chance, the large audience would certainly have drunk to them.