Cappella Caeciliana is one of Northern Ireland's leading choirs


Hear us perform live

Our 2015/16 season includes our 20th anniversary celebrations, and the premiere of Ut omnes unum sint, recently composed for us by James MacMillan. 

Our next public appearances are:

Friday 9th October at 7.30pm - Evening of Music & Song - St Patrick's Church, Victoria Avenue, Newtownards.  Other performers - Fr Martin O'Hagan, Ards Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, Ciana Murphy, Patrizio.  Tickets (£10, including light supper after the concert) are now on sale in Newtownards from Scrabo Electric, The Jewel Box, L Murray Jewellers & St Patrick's Church Office.  They can be bought online here.

Sunday 18th October at 7.30pm - An Evening with Cappella Caeciliana - St Patrick's Church, Downpatrick, to mark the completion of the restoration of the church organ.  Organist - Stephen Hamill.  Tickets cost £10 and are available from the parish and can be bought online here.

Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd November - tour to Edinburgh (21st) and Glasgow (22nd).  More details soon!

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Cover of our new CD "Reflecting Light"

Our fourth CD has now been launched

Our fourth CD recording, "Reflecting Light", was launched to a capacity audience at a concert in the Church of the Good Shepherd, Belfast on 22nd November 2014, the Feast of St Cecilia. 

You can find out more information about the CD, and order it online, here

It can also be bought in Matchetts Music (6 Wellington Place, Belfast).



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You can also listen to extracts from all of the tracks on our first three CDs online - look for the
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"The Priests" at Cappella Caeciliana's "Reflecting Light" CD launch concert

Cappella Caeciliana congratulates its members
who in April 2008 signed a recording deal with Sony and have since had 13 weeks
at Number 1 in the UK classical album charts as well as performing in many different parts of the world -
Fr Martin O'Hagan, Fr Eugene O'Hagan and Fr David Delargy.


About us

Cappella Caeciliana was founded on the feast of St Cecilia in 1995 and has sung liturgies and concerts all over Northern Ireland as well as in Italy, Germany, Austria, USA.

On their American tour in 2011 we sang Choral Evensong at the National Cathedral in Washington DC and gave concerts to great acclaim in Philadelphia.  We have recorded three highly successful CDs, and have performed on BBC Radio 3, Radio 4, Radio Ulster as well as BBC TV on many occasions.  The choir has performed works by Handel and Fauré with the Ulster Orchestra, Bach Cantatas in Dublin with the Orchestra of St Cecilia and works by Vivaldi, Pergolesi and Mozart with orchestral forces in Belfast. Cappella’s repertoire stretches from plainchant, great polyphonic works by Byrd, Victoria and Palestrina, music by Haydn, Mozart, Fauré, Duruflé and others up to the present day.  We perform in both concert and liturgical settings and are pleased to offer our services for any appropriate church service in the Greater Belfast area at no cost.

We have increasingly been exploring the music of outstanding contemporary figures such as John Tavener, Arvo Pärt, Morten Lauridsen, Eric Whitacre and James MacMillan (who will be writing the choir’s next commission to celebrate their twentieth anniversary in 2015). Locally, we commissioned ‘Exsultet’ by Neil Martin (recorded on our CD "Reflecting Light") and have premiered works by Elaine Agnew, Ian Wilson and Philip Hammond. 

We have also extended our activities to collaborate with other artists, for example providing the live music element in Carlos Acosta’s ‘Premieres Plus’ at the 2011 Belfast Festival at Queens.  In September 2013 we sang in Belfast’s Waterfront Hall for the Diocese of Down and Connor’s Living Faith Congress where we were joined by founder members of the choir, The Priests, who continue to support Cappella’s many and varied activities.


First CD - "Cantate Domino"

Cover of our 1st CD - "Cantate Domino", launched in November 2001 (131 KB)

On the feast of St Cecilia 2001 (22nd November), the choir released its first CD - Cantate Domino - Music of Celebration from Cappella Caeciliana.  The CD is on the prestigious Priory Records label.  The CD was launched at a concert at St Patrick's Church, Donegall Street, Belfast, in front of a capacity audience of over 500.

The CD also features the accomplished local musicians Cliona Doris (harp) and Neale Agnew (organ).


CD contents

1 Giuseppe Ottavio Pitoni Cantate Domino
2 Plainchant   Salve Regina
3 Trad arr Mary Hayden  Deus Meus
4 Seán Ó Riada arr Fintan O'Carroll   A Íosa bháin
5 Henry Purcell   Thou knowest Lord
6 William Byrd   Ave Verum Corpus
7 Tomás Luis de Victoria O magnum misterium
8 Giovanni Pierliugi da Palestrina Sicut cervus
9 Lodovico Viadana   Exultate justi
10 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  Ave Verum Corpus
11 Gabriel Fauré  Cantique de Jean Racine
12 Francis Poulenc  Salve Regina
13 John Tavener   The Lamb

14 Trad arr Cappella Caeciliana Gaudete
15 Trad arr Martin Shaw  Wexford Carol

16-21 Benjamin Britten   A Ceremony of Carols
16 Procession 17 There is no Rose 18 As dew in Aprille 19 Interlude 20 Deo Gracias
21 Procession
The CD is available for download from iTunes, Amazon Download Store and CD Baby.

The physical CD is on sale online, from the USA site CD Baby, and by sending an email to

Second CD - ''Sing for the Morning's Joy"

Cover of our 2nd CD - "Sing for the Morning's Joy", launched in November 2005 (131 KB)

The choir's second CD - "Sing for the Morning's Joy" - was launched at a concert on 20th November 2005 in St Peter's Cathedral, Belfast.  The concert also marked the 10th anniversary of the formation of the choir.  We were joined by Philip Stopford (Director of Music at St Anne's Cathedral, Belfast) who, as well as providing organ accompaniment, gave the first public performance on the brand new organ, built by Kenneth Jones and Associates.


CD contents

1 Herbert Howells A hymn for St Cecilia
2 Plainchant Rorate Caeli
(soloist: Fr Martin O'Hagan)
3 Benjamin Britten A Hymn to the Virgin

4 Southern Appalachian arr K J Dinham Jesus, Jesus rest your head

5 Basque Traditional The Infant King

6 Howard Goodall Love Divine

7 Old Irish Melody Be Thou my vision

8 Traditional Irish Melody St Patrick's Breastplate

9 Bob Chilcott Irish Blessing

10 Jachet van Berchem O Jesu Christe

11 Maurice Durufl
é Ubi caritas
12 Maurice Durufl
é Tantum ergo
13 Andrea Gabrieli Hodie completi sunt

14 Johann Sebastian Bach Jesu, joy of man's desiring

15 Charles Villers Stanford Magnificat in G
(soloist: Ciara Agnew)
16 Charles Villers Stanford Nunc Dimittis in G
(soloist: Paul McQuillan)
17 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Laudate Dominum
(soloist: Helena McCrisken)
Tomás Luis de Victoria O quam gloriosum
19 Henry Purcell Hail! bright Cecilia

The CD is available for download from iTunes, Amazon Download Store and CD Baby.

The physical CD is on sale online, from the USA site CD Baby, and by sending an email to

Third CD - "O Quam Gloriosum"

Cover of our 3rd CD - "O Quam Gloriosum", launched in November 2008 (131 KB)

The choir's third CD - "O Quam Gloriosum" - was launched at a concert on 21st November 2008 in St Patrick's Church of Ireland Cathedral, Armagh.  The CD marks the choir's visit to Rome at Easter that year and features music of Renaissance Italy.


CD contents

1 Tomas Luis De Victoria  Motet: O Quam Gloriosum
2-7 Tomas Luis De Victoria   Mass: O Quam Gloriosum - Kyrie , Gloria , Credo , Sanctus , Benedictus , Agnus Dei
8 Tomas Luis De Victoria  O Magnum Mysterium
9 Orlando di Lasso   Magnificat (soloist: Fr Eugene O'Hagan)
10 Giovanni Pierluigi de Palestrina   Ave Maria
11 Giovanni Pierluigi de Palestrina  Sicut Cervus

12 Jacob Arcadelt  Ave Maria

13 Andrea Gabrieli  Hodie Completi Sunt

14 Claudio Monteverdi  Cantate Domino

The CD is now available for download from iTunes, Amazon Download Store and CD Baby.

The physical CD is on sale online, from the USA site CD Baby, and by sending an email to

Support our work

Cappella Caeciliana is registered as a charity with the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland (reference NIC100255) and is accepted as a charity by HM Revenue & Customs (reference XR75541).  If you are a UK taxpayer and support our work by making a credit or debit donation through BT MyDonate we will be able to reclaim tax through the Gift Aid scheme.

Last updated 21/9/15