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Publicity poster for concert 'Midsummer Flowers,' 24 June 2017
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Midsummer Flowers – in poetry and song
24 June 2017

Parish Church of St Mary, Shincliffe, Durham
Conductor: Peter Coulson

Choir
John Wilbye: Flora gave me fairest flowers
Robert Ramsey: Sleep, fleshly birth
Thomas Morley: Miraculous love’s wounding
(Soprano solos: Alex Murchie, Helen Bartlett)
Claudin de Sermisy: Au joli bois
Gerald Finzi: I praise the tender flower; I have loved flowers that fade
Robert Pearsall: Lay a garland
Benjamin Britten: Five flower songs Op. 47
John Joubert: There is no rose of such virtue
George Macfarren: When daisies pied
Trad. (arr. Edward Bairstow): The Oak and the Ash
Willliam Horsley: Slow fresh fount
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: Summer is gone
William Sterndale Bennett: Come live with me
Paul Aitken: Flanders Fields
Paul Mealor: Now sleeps the crimson petal
Eric Whitacre: With a lily in your hand
Percy Grainger (arr. David Tall): Country Gardens

Poetry:
William Shakespeare: Sonnet 99; Sonnet 54; There is a willow grows aslant a brook; I know a bank where the wild thyme blows
Henry King: A contemplation upon flowers
Gillian Clarke: Miracle on St David’s Day
William Wordsworth: Daffodils
A E Housman: With seed the sowers scatter; The Lent Lily
Edmund Blunden: Vlamertinghe: Passing the chateau
Alfred, Lord Tennyson: Come into the garden, Maud
Ursula A Fanthorpe: Maud speaking

Publicity poster for concert 'Drop, drop slow tears,' 11 March 2017
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Drop, drop slow tears –
twentieth century penitential music
11 March 2017

Jesmond United Reformed Church, Newcastle
Conductor: Peter Coulson

Choir
Pablo Casals: O vos omnes
Kenneth Leighton: Missa brevis; Drop, drop slow tears
Philip Moore: Three prayers by Detrich Bonhoeffer – ‘Morning prayers; Prayers in time of distress; Evening prayers’
Francis Poulenc: Four motets for the season of Lent – ‘Timor et tremor; Vinea mea electa; Tenebrae factae sunt; Tristis est anima mea’
William Walton: A Litany – Drop, drop slow tears
Richard Hey Lloyd: Were you there?

Organ solos
Clifford Harker: Pastorale – ‘The Rosy Sequence’
William Walton: Elegy from the film score ‘Richard III’
Max Reger: Choralvorspiel – ‘Aus tiefer, Not schrie ich zu dir Op.135a, no. 4’
Marcel Dupré: Souvenir pour orgue ou harmonium, Op.65 bis

Publicity poster for concert 'Music from the Vatican,' 3 December 2016
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Music from the Vatican –
a cappella Renaissance choral music and chamber organ interludes
3 December 2016

St Ann’s Church, Battlefield, Newcastle
Conductor: Peter Coulson

Costanzo Antegnati: ‘Deus in adiutorium’
Plainsong: ‘Oremus pro Pontifice Marcelli
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina: ‘Missa papae Marcelli; Assumpta est Maria; Pater noster
Giovanni Gabrieli: ‘Ricercare (organ)
Andrea Gabrieli: ‘Beatus vir
Giovanni Salvatore: ‘Verso primo sopra il Kyrie, Messa del Domenica (organ)
Gregorio Allegri: ‘Missa che fa oggi mio sole
Luigi Battiferri: ‘Ricercare nono con tre soggetti (organ)
Serafino Cantone: ‘Quam dilecta tabernacula tua
attrib. Tomás de Victoria: ‘In manuas tua
Ivo de Vento: ‘Nunc dimmittis octavi toni
Andrea Antico : ‘Chi non crede (organ)
Antonio Valente): ‘Verso primo sopra il re (organ)
Giovanni Anerio: ‘Magnificat octavi toni

Publicity poster for concert 'An English Summer,' 11 June 2016
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An English Summer –
a garland of choral music
11 June 2016

Church of St Mary the Virgin, Shinfield, Durham
Conductor: Simon Lee

Traditional song: ‘Sumer is icumen in’
Thomas Tallis: ‘Thou wast O God
Edward Elgar: ‘There is sweet music; My love dwelt in a northern land’
Gerald Finzi: ‘Seven poems of Robert Bridges (Nos 1-4 & 6)’
William Walton: ‘Set me as a seal upon thine heart’
Edward Elgar: ‘Death on the hills’
Thomas Tomkins: ‘When David heard’
Robert Ramsay: ‘Sleep fleshly birth’
Thomas Weelkes: ‘When David heard’
Robert Pearsall: ‘Lay a garland’
John Rutter: Five childhood lyrics’

Concert Review


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Evensong in Ripon –
Saturday 5 March 2016

Ripon Cathedral, North Yorkshire
Conductor: Simon Lee

Smith: ‘Preces and Responses’
John Randall (Chant): ‘Psalm 29’
Praetorius: ‘Magnificat quinti toni’
Schütz: ‘Nunc Dimittis: Canticum Simeonis II (with Gloria from Ein Deutches Magnificat)’
Schein: ‘Anthem: Da Jakob vollendet hatte’

Publicity poster for concert 'The Coming of the Magi,' 30 January 2016
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The Coming of the Magi –
A musical journey from Advent to Candlemas
30 January 2016

Jesmond United Reformed Church, Newcastle
Conductor: Simon Lee
Chamber Organ: Francesca Massey

Choir:
Hieronymous Praetorius:’Magnificat quinti toni, with two carols – Joseph Lieber, In dulci Jubilo’
Felix Mendelssohn: ‘ – Im Advent, Weihnachten, Am Neujahrstage (from Sechs Spruche)’
Arnold Bax​​: ‘This worldes joie’
Peter Cornelius: ‘The Three Kings’
Herbert Howells: ‘Here is the little door’
Orlande de Lassus: ‘Omnes de Saba venient’
Jonathan Dove: ‘The Three Kings’
Giovanni Palestrina: ‘Senex puerum portabat’
William Byrd: ‘Senex puerum portabat’
Gustav Holst: ‘Nunc dimittis’
Jonathan Dove: ‘Bless the Lord, O my soul’ (encore)

Organ:
JS Bach: ‘Chorale – Prelude on In Dir ist Freude
Dietrich Buxtehude: ‘Chorale – Fantasia on Wie schon leuchet der Morgenstern
Garth Edmunson: ‘Toccata – Prelude IV on Vom Himmel Hoch

Publicity poster for concert 'From the Low Countries,' 22 November 2015
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From the Low Countries –
Masterpieces of the Franco-Flemish School
22 November 2015

St Ann’s Church, Newcastle
Conductor: Simon Lee
Chamber Organ: Francesca Massey

Choir:
Orlande Lassus:’Missa Bell’ Alfitrit’ altera’
Guillaume Dufay: ‘Magnificat quinti toni’
Johannes Ockeghem​​: ‘Salve Regina’
Antoine Brumel: ‘Lamentations’ (Parts I & II)
Josquin Desprez: ‘Ave Maria’
Clemens non Papa: Frémuit spíritu Jésus

Organ:
Guillaume Dufay: Three Kyries
Orlande Lassus: Ricercar; Da Pace, Domine

Concert poster for 'Singet ein Neues Lied,' 27 June 2015
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Singet ein Neues Lied – Sing a New Song
27 June 2015

Ushaw College, County Durham
Conductor: Simon Lee
Baroque Cello (solo): Deborah Thorne
Chamber Organ (continuo): Francesca Massey

JS Bach: Singet dem Herrn ein neues lied (BWV 225)
Arvo Pärt: …which was the son of…
Giovanni Gabrieli: Jubilate Deo’
Maurice Duruflé: Quatre motets, sur des thèmes Grégoriens
Johann Pachelbel: Jauchzet dem Herrn (Psalm 100)
JS Bach: Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden (BWV 230)
Heinrich Schutz: Jauchzet dem Herrn (Psalm 100)
James MacMillan: A New Song
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Serenade to Music
Thomas Morley: Sing we and chant it
Orlando Gibbons: The Silver Swan
César Franck: Sonata for cello (4th movement)
David Dickau: If Music be the food of Love
Charles Stanford: The Blue Bird (encore)

Publicity poster for Membra Jesu Nostri concert, 7 March 2015
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Membra Jesu nostri
7 March 2015

King’s Hall, University of Newcastle
Conductor: Simon Lee

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Johann Pachelbel: Jauchzet dem Herrn
 (Psalm 100)
Johann Rosenmüller: Sonata 9 a 5
 (Nuremberg)
Johann Rosenmüller: Lauda Jerusalem
Dietrich Buxtehude: Membra Jesu nostri
 (Ad pedes, Ad genua, Ad manus)
Johann Rosenmüller: Studenten-Musik
Dietrich Buxtehude: Membra Jesu nostri
 (Ad latus, Ad pectus, Ad cor, Ad faciem)

Publicity poster for concert, Flora and Fauna of Christmas, 20 December 2014
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Flora and Fauna of Christmas
20 December 2014

St Brandon’s Church, Brancepeth, Durham
Conductor: Simon Lee

John Joubert: There is no rose of such virtue
Trad (arr. Simon Lee): An old Christmas greeting
Andrew Carter: Benedicite
Christina Rosetta: A Christmas carol (reading)
Jonathan Rathbone: The oxen
Bob Chilcott: The sparrow’s carol
Willam Kirkpatrick (arr. David Willcocks):
 Away in a manger (all join in)
Michael Head: the little road to Bethlehem
Elizabeth Poston: The Dormouse’s carol
Trad (arr. Stuart Thompson): The holly and the ivy
Trad (arr. Michael Praetorius):
 A great and mighty wonder (all join in)
Trad (arr. David Willcocks):
 God rest you merry gentlemen (all join in)
Elizabeth Poston: Jesus Christ the apple tree
Louise Levene: Mayhem at the manger (reading)
Andy Murray: Sheep, sheep, sheep
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: The crown of roses
Johannes Brahms: Es ist ein ros entsprungen
John Rutter: Brother Heinrich’s christmas
Trad (arr. John Rutter):
 The twelve days of christmas (all join in)

Publicity poster for concert, Songs of Farewell, Remembrance, 16 November 2014
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Songs of Farewell – A Concert of Remembrance
16 November 2014

St Ann’s Church, Battlefield, Newcastle
Conductor: Simon Lee
Baroque Cello (solo): Deborah Thorne
Chamber Organ (continuo): Francesca Massey
Alto Saxophone (extempore): Simon Lee

JS Bach: Fürchte dich nicht, ich bin bei dir (motet)
JS Bach: Suite No 5 in C minor, for solo baroque cello BWV 1011, Sarabande and Gigue
Thomas Tallis: In pace
Edward Elgar: Lux aeterna, John Cameron’s choral setting of ‘Nimrod’
Cristóbal de Morales: Parce mihi, Domine, with extempore solo saxophone
William Harris: Bring us, O Lord God
Maurice Duruflé: Quatre motets, sur des thèmes Grégoriens
JS Bach: Komm, Jesu, Komm (motet)
John Tavener: Threnos, for solo cello
CHH Parry: Songs of Farewell Nos 1-4 and 6

Publicity poster for concert, From The Morning Watch - Lassus to Langlais, 7 June 2014
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From the Morning Watch – Lassus to Langlais
7 June 2014

Lancaster Cathedral
Joint concert with The Rushley Singers
Conductors: Rachael Lee and Simon Lee
Organist: Ian Hare

Herbert Howells: Te Deum Collegium Regale
William Walton: Jubilate Deo
Edward Elgar: Organ solo- Sonata in G Op.28 (3rd mvt)
Louis Vierne: Kyrie from Messe Solennelle
Josef Rheinberger: Gloria from Cantus Missae
Francois Couperin: Organ solo- Offertoire sur les grands jeux
William Byrd: Credo from Mass for 4 voices
Orlande de Lassus: Sanctus and Benedictus from Missa Bell’ Amfitrit’ altera
Jean Langlais: Agnus Dei from Messe Sollenelle
Henri Mulet: Organ solo- Tu es Petra from Dix pieces pour Grand-Orgue
Charles Stanford: Magnificat Op. 164
Gustav Holst: Nunc Dimittis

Publicity poster for concert, Hail Gladdening Light - music for Candlemas, 8 February 2014
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Hail Gladdening Light – Music for Candlemas
8 February 2014

Jesmond United Reformed Church, Newcastle
Conductor: Simon Lee

Charles Wood: Hail Gladdening Light
Plainchant (Anon): Lumen ad revelatione gentium
William Byrd: Senex puerum portabat
Thomas Tallis: O nata lux de lumine
Michael Fleming: Kindle a light
Tomas Luis de Victoria: Senex puerum portabat
Willam Byrd: Nunc dimittis
Harold Darke: O gladsome Light
Spiritual (arr: Moses Hogan): I can tell the world about this
Robert White: Christe, qui lux es et dies
Plainchant (Anon): Gradual for Candlemas
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina: Senex puerum portabat
Herbert Howells: Nunc dimittis
Spiritual (arr: Moses Hogan): This little light of mine
John Sheppard: Libera nos, salva (I)
Eric Whitacre: Lux auremque (encore)

Publicity poster for concert, Advent procession, 7 December 2013 Advent ‘Procession concert’
7 December 2013

St Andrew’s Church, Newcastle
Conductor: Simon Lee
Organ: Francesca Massey

William Byrd: Rorate cœli de super
The cherry tree carol (traditional)
James MacMillan: A new song
Readings:
Elizabeth Jennings: Advent
William Dunbar: On the nativity of Christ
Malcolm Guite: O Oriens
Congregational hymns:
Hills of the North rejoice
Come, thou long-expected Jesus
Lo, he comes with clouds descending
Organ pieces:
Olivier Messiaen: Les Anges
Marcel Dupré: Le monde dans l’attente du Sauveur

Publicity poster for concert, Requiem - music of loss and longing, 16 November 2013
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Requiem – music of loss and longing
16 November 2013

St Ann’s Church, Newcastle
Conductor: Simon Lee

Howells: Requiem
Tomas Victoria: Missa pro defunctis a 4
Thomas Tomkins: When David heard that Absalom was slain
Thomas Weelkes: When David heard that Absalom was slain
Charles Stanford: Three motets
Robert Pearsall: Lay a garland
Henry Purcell: Hear my prayer, O Lord
Thomas Tallis: Salvator mundi

Publicity poster for concert, Handel - Vespers, 7 November 2013 Handel’s Music for Vespers
7 November 2013

King’s Hall, University of Newcastle
Conductor: Jonathan Peter Kenny
Soloists:
Paula Sides (soprano),
Helen Sherman (mezzo-soprano),
Tai Oney (countertenor),
Mark Wilde (tenor)

Combined choirs and orchestra:
English Touring Opera, Cappella Novocastriensis, New Vocal Ensemble and The Old Street Band

Handel: Dixit Dominus, Nisi Dominus, Haec est Regina virginum, Donna che in ciel, Te decus virgineum

Publicity poster for concert, Lux et laetitia - light and joy, 22 June 2013 Lux et lætitia: light and joy
22 June 2013

St Cuthbert’s Church, Norham
Conductor: Simon Lee
Soloist: Alex Banfield (tenor)

Thomas Tallis: Te lucis ante terminum
William Henry Harris: O joyful light
Thomas Tallis: O nata lux
Alexander Grechaninov: Svyetye tikhii
Harold Darke: O gladsome light
Cristóbal de Morales: Nunc dimittis
Sergei Rachmaninov : Nynye otpuschchayeshi​
Herbert Howells: Nunc dimittis
Quilter: Now sleeps the crimson petal (solo)
Josef Rheinberger: Abendlied
Charles Wood: Hail, gladdening light
Delius: To be sung of a summer night
Eric Whitacre: Lux Auremque (encore)

Publicity poster for concert, Ave Maria - the story of Mary, 23 March 2013 Ave Maria…The story of Mary
23 March 2013

King’s Hall, Uninversity of Newcastle
Conductor: Simon Lee
Publicity poster for concert In dulci jubilo, 8 December 2012 Christmas music for voices and baroque brass
8 December 2012

Jesmond United Reformed Church, Newcastle
Conductor: Simon Lee
Publicity poster for concert, Praise the Lord, 23 June 2012 Praise the Lord
23 June 2012

St Cuthbert’s Church, Darlington
24 June 2012
St Ann’s Church, Newcastle
Conductor: Miles Cragg
Publicity poster for concert (twice) 3 and 9 December 2011 O Magnum Mysterium
3 December 2011

St Andrew’s Church, Corbridge   and
9 December 2011

Jesmond United Reformed Church, Newcastle
Conductor: Alex Woodrow

Concert Preview

Concert Review

Publicity poster for concert 19 March 2011 “Drop, drop slow tears”
…Reflections on Passiontide from Renaissance to Restoration
19 March 2011

St Ann’s Church, Newcastle
Conductor: Alex Woodrow

Tallis: Mass for 4 voices & Salvator Mundi
Byrd: Teach me O Lord, the way of thy statutes & Miserere Mei
Morley: Out of the Deep
Gibbons: Drop, drop slow tears
Weelkes: When David Heard
Wise: The Ways of Zion do mourn
Blow: Salvator Mundi
Purcell: Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis in G minor & Remember not, O Lord, our offences

Publicity poster for concert 11 December 2010 Christmas with Cappella
…a candle lit concert
11 December 2010

Jesmond United Reformed Church, Newcastle
Conductor: Eric Cross

Preview from The Journal
‘A candle-lit concert of seasonal music and readings’
…performed by Cappella Novocastriensis at Jesmond United Reformed Church, Newcastle, a new venue for the 50-year-old chamber choir.
Eric Cross will conduct the 40-strong choir in a performance of familiar music by Poulenc, Gabrieli, Lauridsen, Whitacre and Howells, with the audience invited to join in Christmas carols.
As a new development, choir members will read some “thought-provoking and in some cases wickedly humorous pieces” as interludes.

Publicity poster for concert 13 November 2010 Pilgrimage song –
A celebration of Cappella’s Golden Jubilee
13 November 2010

St George’s Church, Jesmond, Newcastle

Review from Jesmond Local
‘Cappella Novocastriensis celebrates its 50th’
North east chamber choir Cappella Novocastriensis celebrated its 50th anniversary with a concert at St. George’s Church earlier this month. The programme included John Joubert’s Pilgrimage Song and O search me, God, Bach’s motets Singet dem Herrn and Der Geist hilft and works by Tallis and Byrd.
Cappella Novocastriensis was founded in 1960 by Dr Frederick Hudson to specialise in singing music for worship. A registered charity, the choir also aims to bring a wide range of music to the public. Singing in churches throughout the north east, as well as giving several major concerts each year, Cappella Novocastriensis is a choir of around 40 singers directed by Dr Eric Cross who is also dean of cultural affairs at Newcastle University.
Choir member Helen Andrews said: “I think it went well and it was a special occasion for us because of the anniversary, so there was a very good atmosphere in the concert and afterwards.
JIANG ZIQI, Nov 30, 2010

Publicity poster for concert 12 June 2010 In praise of Cuthbert
..and All Saints
12 June 2010

St Peter’s Church, Monkwearmouth, Sunderland
13 June 2010
St Cuthbert’s Church, Allendale
Conductor: Peter Coulson

Preview from The Journal
North East choral group Cappella Novocastriensis are taking a five-year musical journey through Northumbria in honour of St Cuthbert, singing in venues closely connected with the inspirational evangelist.
Melrose and Norham have featured so far and last weekend the choir helped run a workshop on Lindisfarne.
The concerts this weekend, directed by Peter Coulson, feature Victoria’s Mass O Quam Gloriosum, with motets by Byrd, Lassus, Gibbons and William Harris, plus Barber’s Agnus Dei and Sir John Tavener’s work written for Durham Cathedral, Ikon of St Cuthbert.

Publicity poster for concert 21 March 2010 Via dolorosa…
German Music for Passiontide
21 March 2010

King’s Hall, University of Newcastle
Conductor: Eric Cross
Publicity poster for concert 12 December 2009 Noel, Noel!
French choral music for voices and strings
12 December 2009

Church of St Willibrord with All Saints, Newcastle
Conductor: Eric Cross
Publicity poster for concert 13 June 2009 In the footsteps of Cuthbert
A Eucharistic Celebration
13 June 2009

St Cuthbert’s Church, Norham, Northumberland
14 June 2009
Holy Cross Church, Haltwhistle, Northumberland
Conductor: Peter Coulson
Publicity poster for concert 28 March 2009 The King shall Rejoice
28 March 2009

Durham Cathedral
Conductor: Eric Cross
Publicity poster for concert 13 December 2008 Choral Music for Advent
13 December 2008

Church of St Willibrord with All Saints, Newcastle
Conductor: Eric Cross
image tbd Vivaldi rediscovered
8 March 2008

King’s Hall, University of Newcastle
Conductor: Eric Cross

Review from The Free Library
The Saxon State Library in Dresden has proved a fruitful source of misplaced Vivaldi compositions over the past 20 years.
The latest find came in 2005 when an Australian musicologist noticed anomalies in a manuscript of a Dixit Dominus setting (Psalm 109) that raised serious questions over its attribution to Venetian composer Baldassare Galuppi.
The story goes that some time in the 1750s or 60s the Catholic court at Dresden acquired some new sacred music from Venice’s best-known copyists, run by Iseppo Baldan.
Vivaldi had been dead since 1741, Galuppi was the big name in Venetian music and so, not for the only time, Galuppi’s name appeared on someone else’s work.
Duly authenticated as the work of Vivaldi, the Dixit Dominus RV 807 was getting its first UK performance here by Cappella Novocastriensis and the period instrument orchestra Newcastle Baroque as part of the current Newcastle Early Music Festival.
Regarded by those who authenticated it as the finest of the composer’s sacred works, it was hard to disagree – particularly with Vivaldi scholar Eric Cross conducting.
Alternating choruses and vocal solos and duets over 11 movements, Vivaldi switched from traditional church polyphony to florid operatic aria with ease.
The choir sounded full-voiced and precise with the closing fugue coming with tremendous cumulative force.
Soprano Julia Kogan maintained superb evenness of tone while Heather Jill Burns excelled in the alto aria De torrente. The orchestra, sensitive to Vivaldi’s word painting, produced gently rippling string figurations.
Tenors Martin Hindmarsh and Austin Gunn seized their moments in solos and the duet with impressive style.
It topped an all-Vivaldi programme that had begun with the overture to the opera Griselda.
But far from being granted a gentle warm-up to the grand finale, the choir and soloists set the standards high from the off with a medley of established Vivaldi works.
Thomas Hall

[Publicity poster for concert tbd] Angeli archangeli
1 December 2007

The Church of St Willibrord with All Saints, Newcastle
Conductor: Eric Cross
Publicity poster for concert, 16 December 2006 A Venetian Christmas
Polychoral music for voices and baroque brass
16 December 2006

The Church of St Willibrord with All Saints, Newcastle
Conductor: Eric Cross

Preview from The Journal
Cappella Novocastriensis will bring a touch of Italy to Newcastle this Christmas with a special performance. The oval auditorium of the St Willibrord with All Saints’ Church, above Newcastle’s Quayside, will echo to the voices of the choral ensemble… presenting A Venetian Christmas, bringing to life the music of such 17th Century masters as Andrea and Giovanni Gabrieli, Monteverdi, Bassano and Grandi.

Publicity poster for concert, 16 June 2006 Sing unto the Lord
16 June 2006

Hexham Abbey
Conductor: Peter Coulson
Publicity poster for concert, 18 March 2006 The ways of Zion do mourn…
Handel’s funeral anthem for Queen Caroline
18 March 2006

Tenth Early Music Festival
King’s Hall, University of Newcastle
Conductor: Eric Cross

Preview from The Journal
One of the world’s greatest countertenors will be the guest of the Cappella Novocastriensis choral ensemble.
James Bowman’s 30-year career spans opera, oratorio, contemporary music and solo recitals, leading to engagements at almost every major opera house in the world.
In 1992 the French government honoured him with admission to L’ordre des Arts et des Lettres and he was awarded the Medal of Honour by the City of Paris. In May 1996 James Bowman received an honorary Doctor of Music degree from Newcastle University and the following year received the CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
…He will join the ensemble in the King’s Hall to sing arias by Handel.

[Publicity poster for concert tbd] 5 March 2005
Ninth Newcastle Music Festival
King’s Hall, University of Newcastle

Preview from The Journal
The annual treat for enthusiasts of music from the Baroque period and beyond returns to Tyneside for its ninth year.
The Newcastle Early Music Festival, largely based at the King’s Hall of Newcastle University, opens with Eric Cross directing Cappella Novocastriensis, Newcastle Baroque and Trio Barokkalao in an all-French programme of works by Carissimi, Couperin, Charpentier and Lalande.
www.thejournal.co.uk/culture/music/return-to-the-baroque-era-4622247

[Publicity poster for concert tbd] … December 2004

Preview from The Journal
Seasonal sounds abound. Festive music is all around us over the next seven days, and one of the most interesting performances is a concert by Cappella Novocastriensis.
The choral ensemble will be presenting a candlelit concert of English Christmas music in All Saints’ Church above the Quayside, Newcastle, at 7.30pm.
Thomas Tallis’ Mass, Puer natus est nobis, is included and there are works by Sheppard, Dering, Poston, Joubert, Darke, Lauridsen and Britten.

[Publicity poster for concert tbd] 12 June 2004
St Dominic’s Priory, Newcastle
Conductor: Peter Coulson

Preview from The Journal
St Dominic’s Priory in Newcastle’s New Bridge Street is the venue for an enterprising concert by Cappella Novocastriensis, the 40-strong choral group which specialises in performing music intended for worship. The programme – Duo Seraphim: Angels, Saints & Sinners – comprises works of the Iberian Renaissance by such composers as Guerrero, Cardoso, Casals, de Cristo and Fernandez. The main work is the Missa O Quam Gloriosum by Victoria.

[Publicity poster for concert tbd] … March 2004
Eighth Newcastle Early Music Festival
Durham Cathedral
Conductor: Peter Coulson

Review from The Journal
The best educated guess about the genesis of Claudio Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 is that, tiring of life in Mantua, he poured his talent into a piece designed to promote his career elsewhere.
It seems to have worked, too, Monteverdi being appointed Master of Music of the Venetian Republic where he remained until his death in 1643. And even if the North-East can’t boast a venue with the acoustics of St Mark’s, Durham Cathedral is certainly a no less awe-inspiring setting. Part traditionalist, part modernist, the stylistic spread of Monteverdi’s sequence of psalm settings is a challenge for even the best-drilled choir. Though sometimes wanting more from the men’s voices in the higher ranges, Cappella Novocastriensis negotiated the complexities with admirable precision and transparency of tone.
The strings and organ of Newcastle Baroque were joined by the period woodwind-brass players of QuintEssential; all on top form for conductor Peter Coulson’s vivid and persuasively-shaped reading.
THOMAS HALL

[Publicity poster for concert tbd] Sing Joyfully!
English choral music from Taverner to Tippett
22 June 2002

Corbridge Methodist Church
Conductor: Peter Coulson
[Publicity poster for concert tbd] 23 February 2002
Sixth Newcastle Early Music Festival
King’s Hall, University of Newcastle
Conductor: Eric Cross

Preview fromThe Journal
Dr Cross will be in the King’s Hall for the climax of this year’s festival… to direct Newcastle Baroque and the choral group Cappella Novocastriensis – joined by James Bowman and tenor Joshua Ellicott – in Hail, Bright Cecilia, a programme of Restoration sacred and secular music.
James, who was brought up in Newcastle and first performed publicly as a chorister at St Nicholas’ Cathedral, turned 60 a couple of months ago so a belated early music rendition of Happy Birthday wouldn’t go amiss.

[Publicity poster for concert tbd] Jubilate Deo
A Venetian Celebration
1 December 2001

The Church of St Willibrord with All Saints, Newcastle
Conductor: Eric Cross
[Publicity poster for concert tbd] Musique a la Chapelle Royale
24 March 2001

King’s Hall, University of Newcastle
Conductor: Eric Cross
[Publicity poster for concert tbd] Handel’s Saul
(Newcastle early music festival)
27 February 1999

King’s Hall, University of Newcastle
Conductor: Eric Cross
[Publicity poster for concert tbd] Music from St Mark’s
16th and 17th century choral music from Venice
12 December 1998

All Saints Church, Newcastle
Conductor: Eric Cross
[Publicity poster for concert tbd] Fear Thou not for I am with Thee
A memorial concert for Francis Eddershaw
7 November 1998

All Saint’s Church, Rothbury
Conductor: Eric Cross
[Publicity poster for concert tbd] 16th century English and later European music
4 July 1998

St Dominic’s Priory, Newcastle
Conductor: Magnus Williamson
[Publicity poster for concert tbd] Dixit Dominus
Eternal Source of Light
28 February 1998

King’s Hall, University of Newcastle
Conductor: Eric Cross
[Publicity poster for concert tbd] Faire is the Heaven
28 June 1997

St Dominic’s Priory, Newcastle
Conductor David Burchell
Publicity poster for concert, ?date [description tbd]