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UPCOMING EVENTS

Kids Sing...Praise Cecilia!
Belfast 

1st-3rd April 2024

In Praise of St Cecilia
Belfast | Kilkenny

4th- 5th April 2024

Sing with Sestina!
Choral Workshops: Belfast | Kilkenny

4th & 5th April 2024

SESTINA MUSIC NEWS

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05/02/2024

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.

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15/01/2024

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

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16/11/23

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
 

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17/10/23

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

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17/10/23

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

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19/06/23

Beth Taylor

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.

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27/03/23

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.

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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.

ALBUM RELEASE

Our debut recording 'Master & Pupil' is available for purchase.

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DONATE

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.

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