• Sing with Sestina: Handel’s Messiah

    23rd December, Fisherwick Presbyterian Church, Belfast.

  • Music of Remembrance

    11th November, Christ Church, Derry~Londonderry.

  • 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
11th November – Music of Remembrance
Programme to include songs by Ivor Gurney and George Butterworth @ Christ Church, Derry~Londonderry.
23rd December – Sing with Sestina

 Handel’s Messiah @ Fisherwick Presbyterian Church, Belfast.

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’. […]

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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 […]

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Sestina to sing at Northern Lights minifest

We are performing as part of Belfast Music Society’s Northern Lights MiniFest in the Great Hall, QUB on 23rd October at 3pm. Programme to include: Victoria – Requiem Monteverdi – […]

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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.