Future Concerts

7:30pm Saturday 26 October 2019

“Church-bells beyond the stars heard”

Holy Cross Church, Ryton


7:30pm Friday 22 November 2019

“A hymn to Saint Cecilia”

St Ann’s Church, Byker, Newcastle upon Tyne


7:30pm Saturday 7 March 2020

“Italianate Dresden”

Jesmond United Reformed Church, Newcastle upon Tyne


7:30pm Saturday 20 June 2020

“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 2017
poster for 'Gloria Tibi Trinitas' concert' 9 December 2017 poster for 'Midsummer Flowers' concert' 24 June 2017
9 December 2017 – Programme notes 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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