Cappella Caeciliana



Upcoming Dates

Teaching Young Voices -
Seminar and Masterclass with Dr Jenevora Williams
11am to 5pm
St Patrick's School
Donegall Street, Belfast BT1 2FL [map]

Cappella Caeciliana is pleased to support a seminar and masterclass for teachers and choral directors, presented by Dr Jenevora Williams.

Are you giving your young singers the best tools for strong and healthy singing? Learning a technique for any physical skill is merely finding a way to perform the task with the minimum of effort – let’s help our young singers to make it easier for themselves!

This course is aimed at all teachers and choral directors working with young singers. The day will be divided into two sessions.  In the morning Jenevora will explore the vocal possibilities and limitations throughout the young singer’s development, from pre-school to undergraduate.  She will also focus on the vital area of adolescent voice change in both boys and girls – an area which can present many challenges to the singing teacher.

The afternoon session will take the form of a masterclass in which Jenevora will work with 6 young students at various stages of vocal development thus giving a practical and useful demonstration of the issues covered in the earlier session. There are restricted places available for this session but parents are welcome to attend.

Cost – (Limited places. Early booking advised!)

Full day – sessions 1 and 2 (including lunch) - £45

Masterclass only, (restricted), (2.00pm-4.30pm) - £25
Masterclass (pupil & accompanying adult) - £25

To book please email detailing attendance and giving your address. You will then be invoiced for the appropriate fee which will secure your place.

What people have said about Jenevora

Thank you so very much for the informative, enjoyable hour you gave our class on Wednesday! I have heard so many positive comments from the students and I must say, I learned wonderful new things myself. Your lecture was so very well planned and clear. I loved the note sheet which accompanied the information. I'd never seen a handout quite like that was wonderful. You are obviously passionate and gifted in this area and I can see that you must be a wonderful voice teacher. Thank you, thank you, thank you!”  
Voice Lecturer in Vocal Pedagogy, University of Denver, Colorado

"I have wanted to hear Jenevora for a while as all my teaching is with children, and I think she must be the most eminent and informed expert on young voices currently. She really did a fantastic presentation, so clear and beautifully illustrated, and I am very glad to be taking away the pictures/notes which amount to a mini text book of the important elements.  Huge congratulations and thanks to her - I found her enthusiasm infectious and was very impressed by the thoroughness of her research."
Singing Teacher

Past Dates

BBC Sunday Worship

Cappella Caeciliana provided the music for BBC Sunday Worship recorded in Belfast's St Patrick's Church, and broadcast on Radio 4 and Radio Ulster.  The service was led by Fr Eugene O'Neill and the preacher was Fr Michael McGinnity.  More details, including full transcript of the spoken parts of the service, are available here, where a recording is also available until 29th August.

Sung Eucharist for Pentecost - 11am
St Nicholas' Collegiate Church
Church Yard Street, Galway [map]

Cappella Caeciliana provided the music for Parish Sung Eucharist on Pentecost Sunday, in a service conducted by Archdeacon Gary Hastings.

The music programme included Hodie Completi Sunt by Gabrieli, The Deer's Cry by Arvo Pärt, and Exsultet by Neil Martin.

Saturday Morning Coffee Concert - 11am
St Nicholas' Collegiate Church
Church Yard Street, Galway [map]
Price: EUR 10.00

Cappella Caeciliana, conducted by Donal McCrisken, visited Galway for the first time in June.  We presented a Coffee Concert in St Nicholas' Collegiate Church, which dates from the 14th century. 

The programme included Exsultet, composed for Cappella Caeciliana by Neil Martin (funded by the UK National Lottery through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland), including text translated into the Irish language by Rev Gary Hastings, Rector of St Nicholas'.  The choir will also perform Stabat Mater by Alissa Firsova, whose Irish premiere the choir (under the direction of Eamonn Dougan) recently presented in Armagh to great acclaim.

Hail Gladdening Light - A Concert to celebrate the 50th anniversary of St. Bernadette's Church - 7.30pm
St Bernadette's Church
Rosetta Road, Belfast BT6 0LL [map]
Price: £15 (students and under 25s admitted free of charge)

Cappella Caeciliana, conducted by Donal McCrisken and with organist Stephen Hamill, presented a concert to celebrate the 50th anniversary of St. Bernadette's Church, Rosetta Road, Belfast.  The distinctive fan-shaped building is listed due to its architectural significance and its internal design features of the highest standards such as Dame Elisabeth Frink’s hugely striking nine-foot high sculpture of Christ which floats above the altar.  Extensive refurbishment in 2015 and 2016 returned the interior to its original glory, in particular fully restoring the eleven magnificent window panels which form the curved side of the building.  These panels, designed by Benedictine priest Fr. Charles Norris, contain over 25,000 pieces of solid coloured glass, gradually tracing the colours of the rainbow and reflecting the path of the sun throughout the day.

The concert also featured a special appearance by tenor Fr. Eugene O'Hagan, founder member of Cappella and member of The Priests, who performed solo works and also sang jointly with the choir in some items.  Full programme details are available here.

Proceeds were in aid of the organ fund and Cappella's 2018 CD recording.

A View of the Cross - Concert for Palm Sunday
Conducted by Eamonn Dougan
- 7.30pm
St Patrick's Catholic Cathedral
Armagh BT61 7QY [map]
Price: £10 (students and under 25s admitted free of charge)

Cappella Caeciliana was delighted to be joined by guest conductor Eamonn Dougan (Associate Conductor of The Sixteen, and son of an Armagh native) for this special concert of music for Palm Sunday and Holy Week.  Eamonn was performing for his first-ever time in Armagh.  This took place in St. Patrick’s Catholic Cathedral where his late father, Jim, was a boy chorister.

The programme included the Irish premiere of Stabat Mater (listen to Soundcloud extract here) by Alissa Firsova (in the presence of the composer), the ever-popular Requiem by Gabriel Fauré (with orchestra) and the acclaimed Miserere by James MacMillan.  Full programme details are available here.

This concert was supported by The National Lottery through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

Hear Eamonn Dougan talk in advance of the concert:



Mass for Ash Wednesday - 7.30pm
St. Peter's Cathedral
Belfast BT12 4BU [map]

Cappella Caeciliana, directed by guest conductor Nigel McClintock, sang at Mass for Ash Wednesday, together with members of St. Peter's Schola Cantorum.

A webcam recording of the service is available.

Christmas Carol Singing for Charity - 5pm to 6.30pm
Victoria Square
Belfast BT1 4QG [map]

Cappella Caeciliana was pleased to support fundraising for the charity Children in Crossfire by singing Christmas carols to shoppers in Belfast's Victoria Square.





Christmas Musical Evening at the Castle - 7pm for 7.30pm
Hillsborough Castle, The Square
Hillsborough BT26 6AG [map]
Price: £25 (concessions £22.50)

The second of our two Christmas concerts in Hillsborough Castle.  Please see the 2nd December event for further details. 


Christmas Musical Evening at the Castle - 7pm for 7.30pm
Hillsborough Castle, The Square
Hillsborough BT26 6AG [map]
Price: £25 (concessions £22.50)

Cappella Caeciliana presented a festive evening at Hillsborough Castle. With viewing of the castle's State Rooms, festive drinks reception and Cappella Caeciliana singing festive choral music in the Throne Room, it was a majestic way to start the season. 


Cappella Caeciliana Advent Concert - 7pm
St Colmcille's Church, My Lady's Mile
Holywood BT18 9EW [map]
Price: Admission free (retiring collection)

Cappella Caeciliana, with St. Patrick's Primary School Choir, presented a concert for the First Sunday in Advent.  Programme details are available here.


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