SESTINA MUSIC NEWS
Sestina Music announces historic partnership with Fisherwick Presbyterian Church
Sestina Music is thrilled to share the exciting news of its partnership with Fisherwick Presbyterian Church, solidifying the ensemble as a resident group at this historic venue. This collaboration marks a significant moment for Sestina Music, aligning with Fisherwick Presbyterian Church's bicentennial celebrations.
Positioned as a resident ensemble, Sestina Music is set to present outstanding early music concerts, captivating audiences in Fisherwick Presbyterian Church and across Belfast throughout the year. This collaboration underscores Sestina Music's dedication to artistic excellence and its commitment to enhancing the cultural and musical landscape of Belfast.
NEXT GENERATION MENTORING PROGRAMME
Stage 2 Participants Announced!
Sestina Music is thrilled to announce the Stage 2 participants of ourNext Generation Mentoring Programme. These talented individuals will join Sestina Music for our April 2024 project, In Praise of St Cecilia.
Eiméar Harper - soprano | Mary Walsh - soprano | Ciara Aoife Williams - soprano | Lucy O'Dwyer - mezzo soprano | Seoirse Claffey - mezzo soprano |
Adam McDonagh - countertenor | Luke Condon - Tenor | Nick O'Neill - Bass
Nominate Sestina Music for a Movement for Good Award
It's that time of year again and the good folks at Benefact Group have opened their Movement for Good Awards. With your help, we could be in with a chance to win a £1000 award! This would go a long way towards enabling us to continue our good work providing educational opportunities for up-and-coming singers on the island of Ireland. To nominate us please visit: bit.ly/nominate-sestina_music
Malachy Frame performs Schubert's Winterreise this month
Baritone Malachy Frame will be performing Franz Schubert's Winterreise song cycle alongside pianist Freddie Brown in Fisherwick Presbyterian Church Belfast on 28th October, and Christ Church, Derry on 29th October. Tickets available at www.malachyframe.com/tickets
Auditions 25th - 23rd October 2023 MORE INFO
Applications to audition for our Next Generation Mentoring Scheme are now closed!
Following an overwhelming registration of interest from students in the South West of the country, Sestina Music is delighted to be visiting MTU Cork School of Music for an additional day of auditions this year. Auditions will take place:
23 October 2023 MTU Cork School of Music | CORK
24 October 2023 UCD Memorial Hall (Gabrieli Room) | DUBLIN
25 October 2023 Fisherwick Presbyterian Church | BELFAST
We are incredibly proud of one of Sestina Music's singers, Beth Taylor, who was a finalist in the prestigious BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2023! This is an absolutely amazing achievement and so richly deserved. She delivered an outstanding performance of Va tacito e nascosto from Handel's Giulio Cesare, O schöne Jugendtage from Kienzl's Der Evangelimann and Le spectre de la rose from Berlioz' Les nuits d'été. We wish Beth every success in all her future engagements.
Irish Theatre Awards 2022
We are delighted to announce that Opera Collective Ireland’s production of Semele has won 'Best Opera' at the Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards! It was a privilege to have been involved in such a fantastic production, and a huge congratulations must go to OCI, Kilkenny Arts Festival, Akademie Für Alte Musik Berlin, Director of Semele Patrick Mason, all the cast, and Sestina Music's talented chorus Anna Gregg, Hannah Traynor, Laura Aherne, Leanne Fitzgerald, Nathan Withers-Mercieca, Eilis Dexter, Ben Escorio, Luke Horner, Fionn Ó hAlmhain & Adam Cahill.
ABOUT SESTINA MUSIC
Sestina Music is a dynamic early music ensemble based in Belfast with a reputation for excellence and innovation in early music. As well as profiling the very best of Irish and Northern Irish early music we nurture the next generation of aspiring professional singers in our mentoring and education programmes.
Sestina, like so many arts organisations, is facing a challenging and uncertain future. Your support will help us to continue to employ freelance artists from Ireland and Northern Ireland, as well as mentoring the next generation of young singers. You can make a one-off donation via the link below, or you can support us on a regular basis by joining our Friends scheme.