This extraordinary choir, formed in England in 2003 and with 12 female members, astounded us with their crisp and clear voices, translating the essence, if not the language, of Finnish folk song.
The a cappella sounds and rhythms were like fresh-fallen snow, clean and pure.
Ably directed and compered by Richard Pomfret, Enkelit took us on a journey through Finnish choral music and its revival through the latter half of the 20th century.
With tangible sadness, light humour and vacillating rhythms, they sounded well-placed in the clean air and acoustics of the intimate Square Chapel.
Through constantly changing places and juxtaposition, they very particularly created an outstanding and original sound for many of these pieces, most of which were written by Finnish composers over the last 20 years.
Extraordinary to think that the sound of admittedly stunning music, accompanied by, for most of us, an undecipherable and elusive foreign language, should be capable of such uplifting impact.
As the light faded over Halifax, followed by more melancholy and night songs, Enkelit, with beautiful voices all with perfect pitch, produced an evening of pure magic! Square Chapel Centre for Arts, Halifax 2012
A selection of comments from Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2013
'Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant'.
'Magic. Thank you.'
'I had hairs standing on end through the whole concert.'
"Everything a Fringe performance should be.'
'Gave me goosebumps.'
'Connected me with something deeper.'
'It just shows that music and movement are the first languages. You
don't need words and Enkelit totally show that!'
'The divine feminine in song - power, beauty and a hint of witchiness.'
'The perfect end to my days at the Fringe.'
From Enkelit's appearance at Narberth A Cappella Vocal Festival
'Lastly, and with a softer feel altogether, Enkelit choir took to the stage with their ghostly lyricism of traditional and contemporary acapella music from Finland. Other-worldly in sound, their voices echoed in the space and brought what had been a rowdy audience to complete silence and appreciation. After a day of so much variety and new experiences, this was the perfect way to end - with trance like beauty and gentle skill.'
From a spectator at Buxton Fringe Festival
'Remarkable, unusual and inspiring. I count myself as fortunate to have seen and heard this choir. I was captivated by them from beginning to end of the performance'