A Finnish choral double bill that is set to stun you

Ensemble Norma, who appear at Wainsgate Chapel, Old Town
Ensemble Norma, who appear at Wainsgate Chapel, Old Town

Hard on the heels of its highly successful Jubilee Concert, Wainsgate Chapel presents a stunning double bill of Finnish contemporary choral music on Sunday, June 17.

York-based choir Enkelit are no strangers to Calderdale having performed locally on several occasions, including a sell-out concert for Hebden Bridge Arts Festival in 2009. Headlining the concert is Ensemble Norma who whilst being virtually unknown in this country, are nonetheless extremely well known and respected in their home country of Finland.

Ensemble Norma consists of five young female singers, who have been together since 2004. Their songs are composed and arranged by members of the group and tell powerful stories of Finland and beyond - and of life itself. Their music straddles folk, pop and jazz, and is coloured by beautiful harmonies which create a rich and absorbing sonic world.

Enkelit are a small, upper-voice choir formed in 2003 primarily to sing the beautiful a cappella music of Finland. Their repertoire is very contemporary, mostly written in the last 20 years, reflecting the renaissance in Finnish choral music. Although the group primarily perform Finnish work, they also include pieces from Estonia, Iceland and Sweden.

“The two groups have quite contrasting styles, but both produce beautiful, unforgettable, spine-tingling music,” said Wainsgate concert organiser Dave Nelson. “I think this will certainly be a concert to remember”.

The concert starts at 3pm and tickets (£8, with £6 concessions and £2 for under 19s) are available on the door. The next performance at Wainsgate Chapel, Wainsgate Lane, Old Town, will be a solo guitar by Andrew Clegg on July 1 as part of the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival.