Future Concerts

7:30pm Friday 22 November 2019

“A hymn to Saint Cecilia”

St Ann’s Church, Byker, Newcastle upon Tyne

Cappella Novocastriensis returns to the glorious acoustic of St Ann’s Church on the feast day of the patron saint of music, Saint Cecilia, with an exciting programme of contemporary choral music. We will be joined by cellist Deborah Thorne and two percussionists to perform Gabriel Jackson’s To the Field of Stars. Inspired by the Camino de Santiago, this piece tells the legend of the Camino, its history and even depicts the compostella, or field of stars. At its climax, Jackson reworks Tomás Luis de Victoria’s O Quam Gloriosum into eight parts, adding embellishments and descants.

Alongside this very exciting and rarely heard composition, we will perform Benjamin Britten’s Hymn to Saint Cecilia, on what would have been the composer’s 106th birthday. The programme is completed with solos selected from Bach’s cello suites, and Judith Bingham’s reworking of Thomas Tallis’ If Ye Love Me.

We hope that you will join us on Friday 22nd November at 7:30pm for what promises to be a varied and entertaining programme. Light refreshments will be available free of charge after the concert

Tickets available from choir members, on the door or EventBrite

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Jesmond United Reformed Church, Newcastle upon Tyne

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“A world of folk song”

St Gabriel’s Church, Heaton, Newcastle upon Tyne (tbc)


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 has just returned for studying for a music Masters degree in America, and is pleased to be back in charge. Heartfelt thanks to Peter Coulson for looking after us so well.

Our underlying purpose is to present music and texts that are reflective and inspirational to audiences of all backgrounds and so we offer a feast of 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 30 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!

Highlights of 2018/19
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Programme Notes – CN – Two German Requiems – 9 Mar 2019 Programme Notes – CN – Songs of Remembrance and Farewell – 10 Nov 2018
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Programme notes – CN – Glories of 20th Century England – June 2018 Programme notes – CN – A Celebration of Henry Purcell – Mar 2018

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.