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Nick & Friends Benefit Concert for Capella Regalis – Dinuk Wijeratne Trio – October 27 & 28, 2022

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Capella Regalis is delighted to announce the first of what will be an annual Fall fundraising event in which Founder & Artistic Director Nick Halley invites his dearest musician friends to perform an evening of music. The Dinuk Wijeratne Trio will play at Cecilia’s Retreat in Mahone Bay on Thursday, October 27, and The Music Room in Halifax on Friday, October 28, 2022. All proceeds go to support Capella Regalis’s free educational programs for children.

Dinuk Wijeratne is a Sri Lankan-born Canadian composer and pianist whose music embraces the diversity of his international background and influences. Joining him on stage will be Nick Halley himself as percussionist, and award-winning bassist Tom Easley, for a night that bends the boundaries of classical, jazz, and world music.

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October 2, 2022 at 4 pm : Missa Gaia/Earth Mass

Nick will be playing the drums and singing in the Earth Mass (Missa Gaia), presented by All Saints Cathedral in Halifax on the first Sunday in October. This service in celebration of the Earth, featuring the mass setting co-written by Paul Halley, will be sung by Capella Regalis and the Cathedral Choir, with soprano sax, oboe, cello, drums, percussion, bass, piano, guitar and the voices of humpback whales, orcas, timber wolves, baby seal pups and other creatures great and small. No tickets required, but please pre-register HERE. Visit for details.

November 6, 2022 at 4 pm – Musikalische Exequien by Heinrich Schütz (1636)

Capella Regalis Men & Boys Choir (Nick Halley) will join the All Saints Cathedral Choir in a production of the Musikalische Exequien (Funeral Music) by Heinrich Schütz, composed in 1635-1636. Directed by Paul Halley, this masterwork will comprise the centrepiece of the “For All the Saints” concert program that afternoon with guest players and singers from the Canadian Early Music scene.

This performance takes place on the 350th anniversary – to the day – of Schütz’s death on November 6, 1672. It is one of a number of events taking place across Canada in November as part of SchützFest 350.

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Sept. 9 – The Feral Four: A Night of Jazz at the Riverport Inn

On Friday, September 9th, the Riverport Inn will present “The Feral Four”: Glenn Patscha (piano), Nick Halley (percussion), Patrick Reid (bass), and Ian McGimpsey (guitar). Doors open at 7 PM, show starts at 8 PM.

These four jazz-steeped musicians have led four very different musical lives. Now they’re seeing what happens when their disparate experiences and distinct personalities are brought together in the old jazz quartet setting to explore the boundaries of their native tongue.

Tickets: $30, advanced tickets only (there is very limited seating!). Reserve tickets HERE.

Announcing the launch of the Capella Regalis Girls Choir

Help us raise $20,000 through our Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign during the month of July 2022 and offer a free music education to girls ages 7-13!


Capella Regalis Men & Boys Choir was founded by director Nick Halley in 2010 as a free, mentor-based music training program for boys. Capella Regalis is now fulfilling a long-time dream of theirs and adding a parallel choir for girls. As with the Men & Boys Choir, the Girls Choir will provide a completely free music education for youth from various backgrounds.


Choristers in the Capella Regalis Girls Choir will receive weekly rehearsals in which they develop the skills of listening, focus, vocal production, and music literacy. They will engage with the finest repertoire of the last 1,000 years from all over the world. They will sing Evensongs and concerts in the gorgeous acoustic of Halifax’s Cathedral Church of All Saints. They will have the opportunity to participate in concert tours, choir camps, and collaborative projects with other musicians. Vanessa Halley, the Executive Director of Capella Regalis, will serve as the inaugural musical director of the Girls Choir.


We need your help. Phase 1 of our Girls Choir Start-Up fundraising campaign requires raising $20,000 in the month of July through our crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo. To contribute, please click on THIS LINK between July 1 (Canada Day) – July 31, 2022. Or visit our Contribute page for instructions on how to make a tax-deductible contribution to Capella Regalis at any time.


If you know a girl who likes to sing, please contact Vanessa at, or visit the Auditions page on the Capella Regalis website. We are currently scheduling auditions for girls ages 7 – 13 to begin in September 2022.

Capella Regalis Men & Boys Choir presents A Chorister’s Christmas

Capella Regalis Men & Boys Choir, directed by Nick Halley, will present their 11th annual Christmas concert series (previously known as To Bethlehem With Kings) under the new name of A Chorister’s Christmas, with in-person performances in Lunenburg and Halifax as well as a broadcast concert online. The choir will be joined by Paul Halley on the pipe organ, as well as the Maritime Brass Quintet for the Halifax performances, in a program featuring carols recorded by the group on their December 2019 Christmas album. This will be the first time since the album’s release that listeners will be able to see and hear the carols performed live! With music ranging from 16th and 17th-century European composers such as Gabrieli and Praetorius, to 20th-century arrangements both iconic and fresh, including works by Paul Halley, A Chorister’s Christmas promises a heartwarming and festive celebration. Join us either in-person or from the comfort of your home!

In-Person Performances:
Lunenburg – Saturday, December 18 at 4:00 pm
Halifax – Sunday, December 19 at 4:00 pm & 7:30 pm

Video broadcast performance:
A Chorister’s Christmas 2021 will be audio-video recorded for online broadcast in the days leading up to Christmas and made available to ticket-purchasers.

$10 (Student/child), $25 (General Adult), $40 (Priority), $100 (Patron)
Click to purchase tickets to the Halifax 4 PM show, to the Halifax 7:30 PM show, or reserve a seat at the Lunenburg performance. Click to purchase tickets to the online video broadcast.

Capella Regalis Men & Boys Choir presents Fall Evensong Series (in person!)

Capella Regalis Men & Boys Choir, directed by Nick Halley, will sing a series of Evensongs this Fall at the Cathedral Church of All Saints in Halifax. Thanks to a grant from the A.E.J Fulford Trust of the Anglican Foundation, the Evensongs will be recorded (both audio and video) and made available on our YouTube Channel afterwards for others beyond Nova Scotia to enjoy!

Sunday, October 3, 2021 at 4 PM – Music by Gibbons, Stanford, Bullock.
Sunday, October 31, 2021 at 4 PM – Three Choirs Festal Evensong on All Hallows Eve, sung with the King’s College Chapel Choir and the All Saints Cathedral Choir. Music by Byrd, Howells, Bainton.
Sunday, November 14, 2021 at 4 PM – Investiture of new choristers. Music by Attwood, Stanford, Boyce.

Masks will be required, and seating limited and distanced. No pre-registration required. Free admission.