A chamber choir in the heart of the northeast

Cappella Novocastriensis is based in Newcastle, specialising in a cappella singing of Renaissance and other Early music . . . and much more.

We will give three concerts in 2017, as well as Evensong in Durham Cathedral, carol services and occasional engagements for weddings and other services.

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Publicity for forthcoming events - Evensong at Durham on 1 May 2017 and summer concert 'Midsummer Flowers,' 24 June 2017

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

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 What we do.