Cappella Caeciliana


2017-2018 Season

Past Dates

Love Divine
St Thérèse of Lisieux Church
71 Somerton Road, Belfast BT15 4DE [map]
Price: £10 (students and under 25s free, no ticket required)

Caeciliana presented a programme for an early summer evening, in the beautiful St. Thérèse of Lisieux Church. The choir performed works old and new, and the programme featured both household favourites and some lesser-known works including Alissa Firsova's "Stabat Mater". 

The concert also honoured Cappella's founding conductor Bob Leonard, on the day after the 10th anniversary of his death, and on what would have been his 75th birthday.  Bob's son Niall's recent composition "Oração do Amanhecer" was performed, with Niall accompanying on organ.  An excerpt from our rehearsal of this piece can be viewed here.

Love Divine
Our Lady of the Assumption Church
Downs Road, Newcastle BT33 0AG [map]
Price: £10 (students and under 25s free, no ticket required)

Cappella Caeciliana presented a programme for a Spring evening, in this landmark 1966 building near the seafront in Newcastle.  The choir performed works old and new, and the programme featured both household favourites and some lesser-known, but very attractive, pieces. 

Cappella were be joined by organist Stephen Hamill, who acted as accompanist and also played some solo items on the Wells Kennedy organ which was extended in 2016 by the Skrabl company of Slovenia.


Darkness & Light: A concert for the Advent Season
Portico of Ards
Steel Dickson Avenue, Portaferry BT22 1LE [map]
Price: £15 (under 25s £5)

Cappella Caeciliana, conducted by Donal McCrisken and with organist Stephen Hamill, presented a concert for Advent.  This took place in Portico of Ards, Portaferry - one of Northern Ireland's newest and most distinctive concert venues.

The programme included a range of compositions exploring darkness and light, and the second half comprised a selection of seasonal movements from Handel's Messiah.  Full programme details are available.

Teaching Young Voices - Seminar and Masterclass with Dr Jenevora Williams
St Patrick's School
Donegall Street, Belfast BT1 2FL [map]

Cappella Caeciliana was pleased to support a "sold out" seminar and masterclass for teachers and choral directors, presented by Dr Jenevora Williams. 

Are you giving your young singers the best tools for strong and healthy singing? Learning a technique for any physical skill is merely finding a way to perform the task with the minimum of effort – let’s help our young singers to make it easier for themselves!

This course was aimed at all teachers and choral directors working with young singers. The day will was be divided into two sessions.  In the morning Jenevora explored the vocal possibilities and limitations throughout the young singer’s development, from pre-school to undergraduate.  She also focused on the vital area of adolescent voice change in both boys and girls – an area which can present many challenges to the singing teacher.

The afternoon session took the form of a masterclass in which Jenevora worked with 6 young students at various stages of vocal development thus giving a practical and useful demonstration of the issues covered in the earlier session. 


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