top of page

In Praise of St Cecilia


Time & Location

4th April 2024 | 7.30pm

Fisherwick Presbyterian Church |  BELFAST

5th April 2024 | 8:00pm

Thomastown Concert Hall | KILKENNY

About the Event



Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1643-1704) 

Ouverture pour le sacre d'un évêque, H. 536 (1690) 

Marc-Antoine Charpentier 

Litanies de la Vierge H. 83 (1684)

Henry Purcell (1659-1695)  

Welcome to all the pleasures, Z339 (1683)

Marc-Antoine Charpentier  

Caecilia Virgo et Martyr H. 413 (1684)

Sestina Music presents In Praise of St. Cecilia, a powerful programme celebrating the patron saint of music. Purcell's celebratory ode, Welcome to all the Pleasures is a vibrant celebration of solo and choral harmonies blending poetry and music. Commissioned by The Musical Society, London, for St Cecilia's Day 1683, it is a lively piece that exudes youthfulness and artistic camaraderie. A chamber oratorio, Caecilia Virgo et Martyr showcases Charpentier's ability to exquisitely convey drama and emotion through music. In contrast, Charpentier's profound spiritual sensitivity is evident in the solemn Litanies de la Vierge, which employs intricate polyphony to evoke reverence and reflection. Brought to life by Sestina Music's talented singers, Next Generation Mentoring Programme participants and their band of authentic period instrumentalists, each piece reveals a distinct facet of Baroque music demonstrating the era's richness and the depth of the composer's creativity in captivating and enthralling ways.


Fisherwick Presbyterian Church, Belfast

4th April 2024, 7.30pm

Thomastown Concert Hall, Kilkenny

5th April 2024, 8:00pm

bottom of page