Vetta Wise – Director of Music
Vetta Wise, having trained at the University of Cape Town and the RCM Opera School and worked as a solo singer in the UK and SA for several years, settled in the UK after 12 years as Chorus Master of Cape Town Opera, Director of the CT Philharmonia Choir, and as University lecturer in opera, musical theatre and choral training in South Africa. She 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, preparing choruses for operas and musicals, and teaching singing for the opera ad musical theatre courses at University and professional level.
Based in the UK since her husband, a marine scientist, took up a position at CEFAS, Vetta has conducted and worked with many choirs here, including founding the Pakefield Singers and the award-winning North Suffolk Youth Choir, launching three choirs at St Felix school (winning the Ipswich Festival Senior schools’ trophy) and the acclaimed vocal ensemble Seraphim, which has performed locally, nationally and overseas, as well as on the BBC. She has conducted choirs in Italy, Austria, Jersey, Germany and Denmark.
Vetta was a Voice Tutor for the University of East Anglia and also has a private singing studio.
She was appointed chorus director for Britten’s “War Requiem” at Bury St Edmund’s Cathedral for the Britten Centenary celebrations, was co-leader of a Youth Choirs Workshop in Ely, presented choral and conducting workshops in the UK and SA; and planned, trained , and conducted massed choir performances of Verdi’s Requiem, Orff’s “Carmina Burana” and Tippett’s “Five Spirituals”in St Nicholas Minster with soloists from Europe and the US. She has conducted at several music festivals, and presents frequent and popular solo singing master classes. .
Vetta is very happy to have been on the adjudication Panel of the Melting Pot Choral Competition in Gauteng, South Africa since its inception, and to be involved whenever possible with giving master classes in choral conducting and singing in the main centres in South Africa. In the past few years she has conducted both “Creation” and “Messiah” in Cape Town, and returns to Suffolk now from having worked with singing teachers and choirs in Cape Town.
Locally, Vetta has recently pioneered “Better Breathing” workshops, drawing on her experiences as a singer and teacher as well as research through the British Voice Association, and has recently been invited to collaborate at NHS Pulmonary Rehabilitation physiotherapy sessions. She also enjoys curating concerts which allow opportunities for musicians to share their talents with the local community in the many beautiful venues to be found in East Anglia.
Vetta is excited to be part of this new choral initiative from the Lowestoft Players, offering an opportunity for more of our community to share the joys of singing!