a bold, adventurous and well-established chamber choir
About Cappella Newcastle
The friendly, mixed-age membership – drawn from Newcastle’s local area – are experienced and passionate singers with an enthusiasm for stretching the repertoire in many different directions. Underpinned by a spirit of artistic curiosity and adventure, the choir sings new and old music in venues all over the North East. Under the baton of Musical Director Simon Lee, the choir usually performs three intelligently programmed concerts per year.
On 2 December Cappella members came together with friends old and new for an exhilarating day of festive singing. It was seriously cold outside so a hot cup of coffee followed by some warm-up exercises made for a good start. We then worked our way through the great choruses from Part One of Handel's Messiah, from 'And the glory of the Lord' to 'His yoke is easy', led by our Musical Director Simon Lee, with Drew Cantrill Fenwick accompanying on the piano. Our conducting scholar Eimear Hurley took the podium for 'And he shall purify'. Following afternoon tea (with a fantastic array of cakes provided by Helen, our multi-talented choir librarian), we were joined by three talented young soloists, Tom Klafkovski (tenor), Josephine Sidaway (soprano) Leo Zagarac (counter tenor) and we rounded off a wonderful day with a performance, ending (naturally) with the Halleluyah Chorus. It was a great day, we're already looking forward to the next one! Read more