Portable liturgical choir for hire. Inveterate Anglophilia, jaunty polyphony, occasional cheeky satire. Ensemble-in-residence, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Gloucester, MA
-Shannon Rose McAuliffe and Daniel Gostin, Co-Directors

About Festina

Festina is a chamber choral ensemble that includes regionally and internationally acclaimed artists drawn from the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Handel and Haydn Society, Boston Baroque, Henry Purcell Society, and Emmanuel Music, among others. Festina specializes in early sacred music, drawing from the rich catalogue of Renaissance polyphony through Baroque and Classical works. We strive to present masterworks of the Western canon while likewise dusting off the obscurity of lesser-known composers, all in the living context of public worship. Our repertoire spans the gamut of full-scale Masses by Palestrina, Galuppi, Victoria, and Hassler; motets by Antoine Brumel, Rafaella Aleotti, Giovanni Croce, and William Byrd; and incidental works by Henry Purcell and Michael Haydn. We also incorporate more contemporary music from ecumenical sources that complement our core repertoire, such as compositions by Herbert Howells, Benjamin Britten, Bob Chilcott, and Cecilia McDowall. Festina also delights in community-building, whether it be through festive post-service wine and cheese receptions, or amusing satirical videos and social media presence.

“Festina has exceeded all of my expectations. Their excellence in performance and repertoire not only earned them a lot of enthusiastic supporters in my congregation, but also helped us attract new worshippers who might not otherwise have even known we were here. And they are great to work with. I’m always excited to welcome them back.”

-The Rev. Bret Hays, Rector, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Gloucester



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We thank you for your support of Festina during this difficult period. COVID-19 has shut churches and concert halls temporarily, though we have been able to create recorded and livestreamed services on occasion, which we will post in this section as they occur. We are closely monitoring updates and guidelines for a return to public worship and performances, and will have our next services posted as soon as we are able. From all of us at Festina to you and your families and loved ones: Stay safe and healthy, and we look forward to seeing you soon!

Upcoming Performances:

Click to access Evensong for the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul (June 28)

(Click here to access Order of Service leaflet)

Upcoming: August 15, Mass for the Feast of the Assumption

Check back for links to these services on these dates!