Who we are
Sestina are an early music vocal ensemble based in Ireland. We work with both world class professionals and young artists to help the development of early music musicianship, both north and south. Artists and groups we've worked with include His Majesty's Sackbutts and Cornetts, the Monteverdi String Band and more. Our patron is Paul McCreesh (director of Gabrieli) and our musical director is countertenor Mark Chambers.
“A group fast developing a reputation for classy, intelligent programming of Baroque music, idiomatically sung and expertly accompanied on instruments of the period” -Terry Blain, Culture Northern Ireland
Concerts and events
Vivaldi’s Four Seasons & Handel’s Dixit Dominus
Award-winning early music ensemble Sestina presents Music of the Grand Tour from Italy, to include the seminal Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi, played by virtuoso Dutch violinist Johannes Leertouwer, and […]Read More
Sing with Sestina – Handel’s Messiah Belfast, 23rd December
Join award-winning ensemble Sestina for a truly special beginning to the festive season, as we come to the end of a three-day residency in Hillsborough Castle for their ‘Georgian Christmas’. […]Read More
Music of Remembrance: 11th November, Derry~Londonderry
On November 11th, Remembrance Day, join Sestina Baritone Aaron O’Hare and pianist Sean Morgan Rooney for a night of music in Christ Church, Derry~Londonderry. The programme will include songs by […]Read More
Our core artists
Mark is an internationally recognised Countertenor and vocal tutor with numerous recording credits including recordings with the Monteverdi Choir, the Gabrielli Consort, and the soundtrack to television series Doctor Who. Mark formed Sestina in 2011 with a core of young singers and is the group’s musical director.
Paul McCreesh is the founder and Artistic Director of Gabrieli, originally the Gabrieli Consort & Players, which he established in 1982 and with whom he has toured world-wide and made many award-winning recordings. Paul is Sestina’s patron.
Co. Down soprano Fiona Flynn studied at Queen’s University, Belfast and the Royal Irish Academy of Music graduating from both with First Class Honours. She continued her studies with a Masters in Vocal Performance at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and graduated in June 2015. Fiona has sung with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, with Sir Simon Rattle for the 2015 BBC proms, as well as tutoring Kodaly Musicianship with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.