Pakefield Singers' musical principals


VETTA WISE - Musical director


Vetta Wise (trained at the University of Cape Town and the RCM Opera School) settled in the UK after several years as Chorus Master of Cape Town Opera, Philharmonia Choir of CT Director, and as University lecturer in South Africa.

Vetta has 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.

As well as her Suffolk teaching studio, she currently runs choral workshops and vocal master-classes throughout the UK and beyond, heads Saint Felix Vocal Studies Department, and conducts a variety of choirs.

She was Chorus Master for Britten's War Requiem at Bury Cathedral for the Britten Centenary, and frequently conducts massed and community choir performances at festivals, recently including Verdi's Requiem, Orff's Carmina Burana and Tippett's Five Spirituals for the Great Yarmouth Festival, and Haydn's Creation in Cape Town, both the latter to standing ovations.  This year has also included Seraphim's visits to Venice and Worcestershire.

Vetta travels regularly to carry out workshops, master-classes and international adjudication duties in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban, and is overjoyed to see and to be a small part of the enormous development and achievements of choral and solo opera singers in southern Africa.


TERRY CUNNANE - Accompanist


Born in Manchester, Terry has taught in East Anglia for more than 20 years.

He became seriously interested in music 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.

He has been accompanying and assisting the training of adult and children's choirs in East Anglia for over 10 years.  He decided to train for a year as a conductor with the Association of British Choral Directors in London.  He also accompanies soloists, composes and writes arrangements for voices as well as instruments.

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