Christmas at the Castle 2015
This December, Hillsborough Castle will be decked out in its festive finest to host a special Christmas concert by the Cappella Caeciliana choir. Performing in the magnificent Throne Room, the choir will bring the joys of the season to the castle with a specially-created programme of Yuletide readings, poetry and choral music.
With a viewing of the beautifully decorated State rooms and a festive drinks reception, it’s sure to be the perfect start to the holiday season.
Cappella Caeciliana was founded on the feast of St Cecilia 1995 and has sung liturgies and concerts all over Northern Ireland as well as in Italy, Germany, Austria and USA. They have performed on many occasions for BBC Radio 3, Radio 4 and Radio Ulster and on BBC and ITV television. The choir has performed works by Handel and Faure with the Ulster Orchestra, Bach Cantatas in Dublin with the Orchestra of St Cecilia and works by Vivaldi, Pergolesi and Mozart with orchestral forces in Belfast.
Hillsborough Castle is the official royal residence of Her Majesty The Queen in Northern Ireland. Historic Royal Palaces, the heritage and conservation charity responsible for HM Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, Kensington Palace, Banqueting House and Kew Palace, assumed responsibility for Hillsborough Castle from the Northern Ireland Office in April 2014. The charity is undertaking a major project to transform the visitor experience at Hillsborough Castle and open up the castle and its grounds to the widest possible audience.
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Tickets: £20 adults / £16 concessions
Performance will last approximately two hours.
Limited tickets available. Advance Booking essential. Phone 0844 482 7799 or visit www.hrp.org.uk.
Historic Royal Palaces is the independent charity that looks after the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, the Banqueting House, Kensington Palace, Kew Palace and Hillsborough Castle. We help everyone explore the story of how monarchs and people have shaped society, in some of the greatest palaces ever built. We raise all our own funds and depend on the support of our visitors, members, donors, sponsors and volunteers. With the exception of Hillsborough Castle, these palaces are owned by The Queen on behalf of the nation, and we manage them for the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. Historic Royal Palaces cares for Hillsborough Castle under a separate contract with the Northern Ireland Office.
Registered charity number 1068852.
For more information visit www.hrp.org.uk