Enkelit, Unitarian Chapel, St Saviourgate, August 3

Unitarian Chapel, St Saviourgate

Unitarian Chapel, St Saviourgate

First published in Music news and reviews

ENKELIT will perform a cappella music from Finland on Sunday at the Unitarian Chapel, St Saviourgate, York, at 3pm.

The singers are British but use the Finnish word for “angels” as their name to reflect the content of their concerts, as York member Caroline Lewis explains.

“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," she says.

Enkelit will present a short programme of Finnish contemporary music, strongly influenced by folk traditions and characterised by beauty and melancholy. The songs come mostly from past 20 years and the group's name is taken from the title of one of them, a piece by Helsinki composer Tellu Turkka.

Sunday will be a return visit to York for Enkelit, who have performed several times at the Illuminating York Festival and supported by folk musician Martin Simpson at the National Centre for Early Music.

Admission is free but generous donations are encouraged; proceeds will go to the Brian Tumour charity.

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