Our 2022-2023 season was the busiest for some years.

We were delighted to open the season by performing as guests of Andrea Bocelli in Belfast's SSE Arena, and to partner with New Dublin Voices in concerts in Belfast and Dublin in the Winter.

A particular highlight was presenting a semi-staged production of Bach's St John Passion in Belfast's Crumlin Road Gaol on Palm Sunday, which received much acclaim.


Previous events

A Celtic Collection

Belfast Harbour Office, Corporation Square, Belfast BT1 3AL

To close its 2022/23 season, Cappella Caeciliana under conductor Matthew Quinn presented a concert which focused on showcasing Irish composing talent. The programme included music from a wide variety of Irish and Scottish composers including Charles Wood, Charles Villiers Stanford and Sir James MacMillan. It also included arrangements of some well known Irish airs and a wide selection of beautiful contemporary works including the premieres of "Quicksilver" by Anita Mawhinney (composition funded by the National Lottery via the Arts Council of Northern Ireland) and "The Blue Bird" by Anselm McDonnell.

Full programme details are available here.

The concert took place in the fine setting of the Barnett Room in Belfast Harbour Office, use of which was kindly granted by Belfast Harbour Commissioners.


Bach St John Passion

Crumlin Road Gaol, Belfast

We were proud to present Bach's masterpiece the St John Passion.

Conducted by Matthew Quinn the performance took place on Palm Sunday in the atmospheric and evocative setting of Crumlin Road Gaol. The work was sung in English, with orchestra. We were delighted to have a very impressive lineup of soloists - Zahid Siddiqui (Evangelist), Malachy Frame (Christ), Emma Morwood, Margaret Bridge, John Porter and Adam Reaney.

This was a Good Friday Agreement 25th anniversary event.

This concert was made possible by funding from the National Lottery through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. It was also supported by Deloitte and Energia Group / Power NI.


The Island Itself

Trinity College Chapel, College Green, Dublin

Following their very successful joint concert in Belfast in January, New Dublin Voices and Cappella Caeciliana presented the second half of their collaboration, this time in the historic surroundings of the Chapel of Trinity College, Dublin.

New Dublin Voices was proud to give the world premieres of six extraordinary and powerful pieces for choir. These pieces, commissioned with funding from the Arts Council, are by acclaimed women composers, who chose texts by contemporary Irish women poets. The composers were selected by the conductor of New Dublin Voices, Bernie Sherlock, and came from Slovenia, Canada, England, Ireland and the United States.

The concert also presented a seventh world premiere: a deeply personal piece by Waterford composer Ben Hanlon who, in Rachel's Lament, quotes the prophet Jeremiah in response to the killing of Irishwoman Jennifer Poole by her partner in 2021.

Cappella Caeciliana, directed by Matthew Quinn, began the second half of the concert by performing a selection of pieces by Irish and Scottish composers.

The concert culminated in the two choirs, under the direction of Bernie Sherlock, joining forces to perform the extraordinary Mass for Double Choir by Frank Martin.

Full programme details are available here.


Cappella Caeciliana (conducted by Matthew Quinn) and New Dublin Voices (conducted by Bernie Sherlock) presented a joint concert in the historic and beautiful surroundings of St Malachy's Church (opened in 1844). The choirs performed a varied programme of music, including the extraordinary Mass for Double Choir by Frank Martin. Full programme details are available here.


Cappella Caeciliana (conducted by Matthew Quinn) and Third Carrickfergus Band (conducted by Brian Connolly) presented a joint Christmas concert in the historic surroundings of First Church, Belfast. The programme featured a varied selection of Christmas music, including well known carols which the audience sang with us. Full programme details are available here.

Seasonal refreshments were provided immediately following the concert.


Cappella Caeciliana in Concert

Newry Town Hall, Bank Parade, Newry

We were delighted to finally perform in Newry, this concert having been postponed from March 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Under the direction of Matthew Quinn, we performed an engaging selection of sacred and secular music spanning hundreds of years.

Programme details are available here.

Ticket price £15 (concessions £12)


Cappella Caeciliana as special guests of Andrea Bocelli

SSE Arena Belfast, Belfast

We were absolutely thrilled to have been invited to join the world famous Andrea Bocelli on stage at the SSE Arena for the Belfast stop on his current world tour.

A packed audience joined us, cellist/singer Ayanna Witter-Johnson, singer Loren Allred and the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra as we presented a great night of music with Andrea.

Matthew Quinn, our Musical Director said in advance of the concert; "I am thrilled that we will be supporting Andrea Bocelli at the SSE Arena. To prepare a chorus for one of the biggest stars in classical music is a huge privilege, as well as a brilliant opportunity for our local singers - one that I know they will relish. I would like to thank Andrea Bocelli for his kind invitation; this will be a great opportunity for our local music talent. I am especially excited for us to perform to a packed Northern Ireland crowd - I know they will give us a great reception... Toi toi tutti !"