• Sestina Are Hiring: Administrator Wanted

  • The Gem Within: Music for Male Voices

    August 31st, Belfast and September 1st Newry

  • Sestina awarded heritage Lottery Funding

    New projects announced

  • Sestina have won an award!

    Sestina and Exitex Winners of Allianz Arts and Business NI sustained partnership award

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
31st August – The Gem Within

Music of Hidden Beauty @ Clonard Monastery, Belfast 8PM

September 1st – The Gem Within

Music of Hidden Beauty @ Church of the Assumption, Newry  7.30PM

23rd October – Music of Memorial

Victoria Requiem, Monteverdi & Morley @ Queen’s University Belfast, 3PM

News
Sestina - Early Music Ensemble, Ireland
Now hiring: Administrator’s position

Job Definition: Administrator, Sestina Music Belfast DEADLINE EXTENDED TO FRIDAY 26TH AUGUST 1. The Administrator will fulfill such tasks required by Sestina to function as a first-class Musical and Educative Charity, […]

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Sestina: The Gem Within - Music for Male Voices
The Gem Within: Music for Male Voices

In a programme structured around the monumental Missa Praeter Rerum Seriem by Cipriano de Rore, Sestina will explore a wide range of music, from the hidden textual messages of Byrd’s Cantiones Sacrae to the […]

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Sestina - Early Music Ensemble Ireland
Sestina awarded Heritage Lottery Funding

Sestina are delighted to report we have been awarded £21,540 by the Heritage Lottery Fund via Arts Council NI towards specific projects for the coming year to June 2017. This […]

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Our core artists
Mark Chambers - Counter Tenor and Sestina's Musical Director
Mark Chambers

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 - Sestina's Patron
Paul McCreesh

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.

Thomas Guthrie - director of Sestina's King Arthur and Mein Freund ist Mein
Thomas Guthrie

Tom is a singer and director working in classical music and theatre, founder of GOTcompany, and the founder and director of the charity Music and Theatre for All. Tom has worked with Sestina as stage director for our productions of King Arthur and Mein Freund ist Mein.