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19 November to 20 December

Festive Events

Christmas Carols, Concerts and Performances

Festive Events

Join NI Opera for a series of festive events this Christmas.

Upcoming Events

On 18th December we’re performing in Sailortown’s Christmas Carol Service at St Joseph’s, Sailortown, Belfast. You’ll also hear the Cairdhe Community Choir and the Cavehill Community Choir performing. Come along and enjoy some beautiful festive music at this fabulous free event!  Our NI Opera singers will include soprano Mary McCabe, mezzo India Chapman-Webb, tenor Caolan Keaveney and bass Matthew Jeffery with pianist Frasier Hickland.

We’ll also be performing at The Harrison Chambers of Distinction in the evening of 18th December with a performance by soprano Ellen Mawhinney with pianist Frasier Hickland  The Harrison is an award-winning boutique hotel in South Belfast and are sponsors of NI Opera.

Recent Events:

On 30th November our annual Christmas Concert took place at First Church Belfast, on Rosemary St, with festive songs and carols to start December full of seasonal spirit!  Tenor Aaron O’Hare was joined by three current members of our Chorus Development Programme, soprano Susan Shepherd, mezzo Jenny Bourke and bass Matthew Jeffrey with pianist Tristan Russcher. The musical programme was curated by Jenny Bourke. Ticket proceeds for this event go towards our artist development programmes.

We performed pop-up carol concerts as part of the ‘Belfast Christmas Lights Switch On’ on 19th November at two different Belfast locations performed by Northern Irish opera singers: soprano Mary McCabe, mezzo Sinéad O’Kelly, tenor Aaron O’Hare and bass Matthew Jeffrey. This event was funded by Belfast City Council.

During the Christmas season we’ll also be performing for some of our outreach partners and our sponsors at their Christmas events, starting with carols and festive songs for community groups as part of the ‘Enchanted Winter Garden’ events at Antrim Castle Gardens.

If you’d be interested in booking our opera singers to perform carols and songs for your festive event, please do get in touch.


Mary McCabe

Soprano (Chorus Development Programme)
Susan Shepherd

Sinéád O'Kelly

India Chapman Webb

Mezzo (Chorus Development Programme)
Jenny Bourke

Caolan Keaveney

Aaron O'Hare

Bass (Chorus Development Programme)
Matthew Jeffrey

Harry Lambert

Frasier Hickland

Tristan Russcher