We are delighted to announce that we have appointed Matthew Quinn as our new Musical Director with effect from 1st January 2022, succeeding Donal McCrisken who recently retired from the choir. 

Matthew Quinn is a Northern Irish conductor, composer, singer, and music producer for BBC Music NI. Working across the UK and Ireland, Matthew has conducted a range of high-quality ensembles such as Northern Ireland Opera, Crouch End Festival Chorus, Hallam Sinfonia, and Manchester Philharmonic Choir. He has also recently made his professional debut with both the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and the Ulster Orchestra. He is currently a young artist at Northern Ireland Opera and Genesis Sixteen where he is studying under Harry Christophers and Eamonn Dougan. Previous young artist positions include Crouch End Festival Chorus Young Conductors scheme, studying with David Temple MBE. His music theatre piece he has created, ‘Érainn’, setting his own family story at the turn of the 20th century in Ireland is receiving its premiere in Belfast in Summer 2022, followed by a recording later in the year. 

Matthew said “I am delighted to be joining Cappella Caeciliana as their Musical Director. They are a wonderful group of singers who have achieved a very high level of ensemble singing under their previous director, Donal McCrisken, and I am extremely excited to see what we achieve together in this exciting new chapter.” 

David Macartney, our Chairman, said “It is with great pleasure that we can announce that Matthew Quinn has been appointed Musical Director of our choir. Matthew is an exceptionally talented musician with the energy and vision to lead Cappella in an exciting new chapter, building on the wonderful legacy of our former Musical Director, Donal McCrisken. Matthew’s skill in choral directing has already been recognised by the internationally acclaimed choral directors Harry Christophers and Eamonn Dougan, through Matthew’s work with the Genesis Sixteen.” 


Watch out for details of our first performances with Matthew Quinn as Musical Director.




This is a fantastic opportunity to join one of Northern Ireland’s leading chamber choirs. We have opportunities for all voice parts.

The choir is looking forward to a very exciting new chapter, led by Matthew Quinn our recently appointed musical director. Our first concert of 2022 is being planned for Sunday 10th April.

Rehearsals are between 7pm and 9pm on Sunday evenings, during term times, in South Belfast

If you are interested please submit a summary of your musical experience (one page maximum with focus on chamber choir experience, sight reading competency and ability to sing challenging repertoire) along with a cover letter to recruitment@caeciliana.org, by 6pm on Saturday 22nd January 2022.

We propose to hold auditions on Sunday 30th January and shortlisted candidates will be invited to join the choir rehearsal on Sunday 6th February after which a decision will be made on new members.