On Saturday 3 November The Angels of the North will arrive in York when Enkelit, UK based singers extraordinaire of a cappella music from Finland will be performing at 3.30pm at York Art Gallery and again at 6.15 and 6.45 at St Mary’s Church Castlegate as part of the celebrations for Illuminating York.
“Enkelit” is Finnish for “angels” and the sound that this group produce is pure heaven. Spokesperson for Enkelit, Caroline Lewis said, “We were first introduced to this spine tingling atmospheric music by our director, Richard Pomfret, whose close association with Finland has enabled a unique perspective and introduced into the group an authentic sound.”
Enkelit will be performing a short programme of Finnish contemporary music, strongly influenced by folk traditions and characterised by beauty and melancholy. The music is mostly written in the last twenty years and the group’s name comes from a piece written by Tellu Turkka, a woman composer living and working in Helsinki.
This is a return visit to Illuminating York for the group who had the audience spell bound and totally silent when they last appeared. They will be performing surrounded by the glass bells of the installation by Laura Belem, The Temple of the Thousand Bells. This will be the last chance to see this exhibition as it will be taken down the following day.
Other appearances of Enkelit have included Hebden Bridge Festival, where they were “the talk of the festival”, The National Centre for Early Music, where they supported the well known folk singer, Martin Simpson, and they have visited Finland twice to take part in the Tampere Vocal Festival, coming away with two silver stars.
“It was a sheer joy to hear contemporary music of this quality performed with such panache…” said Tricia Rees-Jones
The events are free – just turn up!
Visit Enkelit’s website to find out more and watch live videos.