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 2016-17, as well as carol services, Evensong in Durham Cathedral in May 2017 and occasional engagements for weddings and other services.


Publicity poster for concert 'Drop, Drop Slow Tears,' 11 March 2017 Saturday 11 March 2017, 7.30pm
Drop, Drop Slow Tears
Jesmond United Reformed Church
The concert takes its title from Phineas Fletcher’s poem ‘A Litany,’ published in his ‘Po­et­ic­al Mis­cel­lan­ies’ in 1633

All the music for this concert, however is from the twentieth century.

Although Cappella Novocastriensis sings much early music, it is not unusual for them to sing single pieces or, as here, a full concert of more contemporary works.

Words and music in the second week of Lent, “Drop, drop slow tears… Cease not, wet eyes… In your deep floods…” reflecting thoughts and emotions arising at this time of year, in settings by Kenneth Leighton and William Walton.

Along with works by Pablo Casals and Francis Poulenc and by living composers Philip Moore and Richard Hey Lloyd, also organ pieces, the concert aims to let us share some experiences in a troubled world.

Peter Coulson and Jason Löwe, conductor and organist, both active in Durham Cathedral, join Cappella for a second concert this season to perform in the splendid acoustic of the recently refurbished Jesmond United Reformed Church.

Tickets – £12 (under 18 Free) online from WeGotTickets and on the door.
Venue – Jesmond United Reformed Church, Burdon Terrace, NE2 3AE – Map

Read more – about the concert in Forthcoming events


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.