Suffolk Seraphim’s 5th musical pilgrimage set to be picture perfect

PUBLISHED: 11:25 20 February 2018 | UPDATED: 11:25 20 February 2018

Seraphim prepare for their Musical Pilgrimage. Picture: Courtesy of Seraphim

Seraphim prepare for their Musical Pilgrimage. Picture: Courtesy of Seraphim


The highly acclaimed all-female vocal group, Seraphim, have selected a special cluster of north Suffolk village churches for their spring musical pilgrimage.

The intimate and all-inclusive full day pilgrimage features four mini-concerts in churches, which are each home to outstanding historic wall-paintings.

This spring musical pilgrimage will be held on Sunday, April 29, featuring exquisite works for upper voices, hand-picked and presented to perfection by director, Vetta Wise.

Ms Wise, who lives near Halesworth and formed Seraphim in 2014, said: “Suffolk is so blessed with the amazing survival of medieval wall-paintings even in its tiniest and most rural churches.

“When you look up at the faces, or let your eyes follow their stories, you can’t help wondering what it would sound like if these walls and their pictures could sing.”

But this April’s pilgrims will need little imagination when the nine voices of Seraphim fill the secret spaces of Holy Trinity Gisleham, St Botoph North Cove and St Andrew at Ilketshall and Westhall with their beautiful sounds of those times past.

Evocative soundscapes from Hildegard von Bingen to Fanny Mendelssohn will be complemented by pieces acknowledging all the local walks of life of those who entered through these ancient Suffolk church doors.

Ms Wise said: “As well as detailed paintings of The Passion, of saints or devices like the Wheel of Fortune, there are equally colourful though more down to earth patterns, and even reminders of daily life through personal inscriptions in the stone-work – what we’d today perhaps call graffiti.“

Seraphim’s musical pilgrimage on Sunday, April 29 includes morning and afternoon refreshments, lunch in an inn and escorted coach travel from a range of local pick-up points.

Tickets cost £66 per person, but book before the end of February and enjoy an early bird offer of just £60.

For further details and tickets, contact 07763 527239 email or visit

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