Cappella Nova is a chamber choir of around 30 experienced singers, committed to singing for pleasure and for the enjoyment of others. Founded in 2001, the choir sings a wide-ranging and eclectic mix of sacred and secular music under our conductor and musical director Tony Shield. We regularly perform in venues throughout Bath, Somerset and North Wiltshire.
From gathering once a month to sing madrigals for pleasure, Cappella Nova evolved into a chamber choir, performing regularly in venues throughout Bath, Somerset and North Wiltshire as well as singing as visiting choir in cathedrals in south-west England and beyond.
Many of us have been singing since childhood and some of us have been singing together since the 1990s. Cappella Nova was launched in 2001, a milestone in our shared history, when the group first performed under its current name. The name was chosen to show our interest in a Cappella (unaccompanied) singing and the word Nova marked our new identity with a reflective reference to the river Avon.
Our concerts are often in support of a local or national charity - since 2011 we have raised over £22,000 for good causes. Find out more on our Fundraising page.
Recordings of Cappella Nova, including virtual choir recordings made under lockdown in 2020 and 2021, are available on YouTube. Visit our Recordings page to hear them.
We are always interested to hear from experienced singers who might like to join Cappella Nova. Information for new and current members, including the rehearsal diary, is on the Membership page.
Tony Shield has conducted Cappella Nova since 2001. His first love was as an orchestral musician, playing the horn in the National Youth Orchestra. However, singing was always an important strand in his musical education and at Cambridge, where he read music, he sang the daily services in his college choir. During his career in music education, Tony conducted choirs regularly in venues such as Birmingham Town Hall, Eton College Chapel and The Royal Festival Hall in London. Since founding Cappella Nova, Tony has conducted the choir in a wide repertoire of music mostly a cappella across Bath and north Wiltshire.
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