A chamber choir in the heart of the northeast


Next  Concert


— Music from the Vatican —
Saturday 3 December 2016
St Ann’s Church, Newcastle, NE2 2DD
Our next concert is a showcase of renaissance music from the Vatican, including works by Allegri, Palestrina and Gabrieli. More details soon!

Our last concert, ‘An English Summer’ at St Mary’s, Shincliffe is reviewed here.

Highlights of the 2015-16 Season
poster for concert June 2016' June 2016 poster for'evensong at ripon' March 2016
11 June 2016 – Concert review
11 June 2016 Programme notes
5 March 2016 – Service & Comments
poster for concert January 2016' June 2016 poster for From the Low Countries November 2015
30 January 2016 – Programme notes 22 November 2015 – Programme notes


Sacred and secular music for cathedral and concert hall
From Renaissance to 21st Century

Cappella Novocastriensis is a chamber choir based in Newcastle specialising in a cappella singing of Renaissance and Baroque period church music… but that is only part of the story…

We present three concerts in the 2016-17 season, as well as our annual carol service in December and Evensong in Durham Cathedral in May 2017, also other occasional engagements for weddings and other services and events.

Cappella was founded in 1960 by Frederick Hudson and quickly gained a high reputation for its presentation of music for worship, a tradition continued by Eric Cross and carried forward today under the direction of Simon Lee.

Simon is currently on leave studying for a music Masters degree in America, in the meanwhile entrusting the choir to the capable hands of Peter Coulson, also from the choir of Durham Cathedral.

Our underlying purpose is to present music and texts that are reflective and inspirational to audiences of all backgrounds. Therefore, we sing both sacred and secular music — with a generous helping of early music for main course and delicious desserts from later periods, including the present day.

The choir has about 40 singers. Membership is by simple audition and we rehearse on Wednesday evenings in St. Andrew’s Church, Newgate Street — traditionally Newcastle’s oldest parish church, serving people from the city’s universities, hospitals, markets and a certain football club!

We hope that what you find on the website will inspire you — to join us at a concert, to sing with us or to support us in other ways. To find out more, see our What we do page.