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When music and art inspire each other

PUBLISHED: 14:20 09 May 2018 | UPDATED: 14:20 09 May 2018

The group singers from Seraphim at St Andrew's Church, Westhall - the last church they visited. Picture: Courtesy of Seraphim

The group singers from Seraphim at St Andrew's Church, Westhall - the last church they visited. Picture: Courtesy of Seraphim

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A surprise awaited the singers of Seraphim and their conductor, Vetta Wise, at the end of their Musical Pilgrimage recently.

Artist Peter Gauld presented the group singers from Seraphim with this sketch that he had made while they were performing at the historic church of Ilketshall St. Andrew’s. Picture: Courtesy of SeraphimArtist Peter Gauld presented the group singers from Seraphim with this sketch that he had made while they were performing at the historic church of Ilketshall St. Andrew’s. Picture: Courtesy of Seraphim

Artist Peter Gauld presented the group with a sketch that he had made while they were performing at the historic church of Ilketshall St. Andrew’s.

It rounded off a day of music, when some 30 “pilgrims”, undaunted by the blustery wind and cold, were transported to four churches in the Waveney area that are known for their well-preserved medieval wall-paintings.

The sketch shows Vetta and four of the singers performing in the church where a 14th century painting of the Wheel of Fortune inspired them to sing music reflecting on the lives of those who would have worshipped within these walls.

Three other churches with treasured paintings also led the group to devise and perform mini-programmes of music shining a light on the figures depicted.

Mr Gauld, who is now Colchester-based, said: “A truly superb performance.”

Visit www.seraphimvoices.uk for details of Seraphim’s next Musical Pilgrimage on October 9.

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