St Thérèse of Lisieux Church, 71 Somerton Road, Belfast
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 (http://www.concert-diary.com/concert/1210777602/Love-Divine-Cappella-Caeciliana) 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 at https://www.facebook.com/CappellaCaeciliana/videos/1849850101741368/.
Our Lady of the Assumption Church, Downs Road, Newcastle
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 (http://www.concert-diary.com/concert/1210777601/Love-Divine-Cappella-Caeciliana) 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.
Portico of Ards, Steel Dickson Avenue, Portaferry
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 at http://www.concert-diary.com/concert/1151762436/Darkness-and-Light-A-concert-for-the-Advent-Season-Cappella-Caeciliana.