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.



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Saturday 10th November 2018, 7:30pm

St Ann’s Church, Battlefield, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 2DD

On the 100th anniversary of the Armistice, Cappella Novocastriensis presents a programme of music and poetry inspired by war and the mortality of humankind. At the heart of the concert are Charles Hubert Hastings Parry’s Songs of Farewell, composed in the last weeks of the war, and also in the last week’s of the composer’s life. Alongside these beautiful pieces are works from both ends of the choral timeline: William Byrd’s haunting Ne irascaris and Eric Whitacre’s huglely evocative When David heard. Cappella are delighted to be returning to the newly refurbished St. Ann’s Church with its wonderful acoustic, one of the best in the city to share this programme with you.

Tickets £12, Concessions £10 (Over 65s / Unwaged), Free to those in full-time education
Available from WeGotTickets.com/cn, choir members, at the door


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 2017
poster for 'Gloria Tibi Trinitas' concert' 9 December 2017 poster for 'Midsummer Flowers' concert' 24 June 2017
9 December 2017 – 24 June 2017 – Programme notes
poster for 'Evensong at Durham' 1 May 2017 poster for 'Drop, drop, slow tears' concert 11 March 2017
1 May 2017 – Service details 11 March 2017 – Programme notes

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