Cappella Newcastle is a bold, adventurous and well-established chamber choir

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.

“Simon Lee is a curator; it’s not an accident that he chooses the pieces he chooses.”

The choir’s recent highlights include giving the North East premiere of Eric Whitacre’s extraordinary The Sacred Veil, marking the 400th anniversary of William Byrd’s death and performing a concert on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne.

Cappella is known for singing unaccompanied or with small groups of instrumentalists, placing a strong emphasis on creating much-needed opportunities for young soloists. The annual Conducting Scholarship gives an emerging conductor a year of valuable hands-on experience of choral conducting under the expert guidance of Simon Lee.

We make a virtue out of bringing new chamber music to Newcastle, but we can also do a really good Messiah!

Cappella’s Secretary is always keen to hear from experienced singers who are interested in joining a challenging but supportive and friendly chamber choir. More information on how to join can be found here.

“The variety of repertoire and the high standard of conducting has kept me singing with Cappella for over 20 years.”
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