The Papal Sistine Chapel Choir

With a history that stretches back some 1500 years, this is the oldest choir still active in the world today. Part of its significance lies in the fact that it has kept going down through the centuries, most importantly during the critically important period of the Renaissance, when it found its own natural “theatre” in the Sistine Chapel. With all its frescoes, this chapel stands as a monument to beauty, and its distinctive acoustic has influenced all the choir’s accumulated repertoire, one which strikes a perfect balance between tradition and modernity. A jewel that will be passed down to future generations with all its spiritual and artistic beauty intact.

But there is more to the Sistine Chapel Choir than just its cultural legacy: it plays an active part during the papal celebrations in St Peter’s Basilica, and in the Sistine Chapel itself. As the Holy Father’s personal choir, it is called upon to play an ecumenical role, and be part of the relationship between the various Christian confessions, contributing to bringing together in art what has been separated by history and politics. This mission has led us into dialogue with leading choirs around the world, to undertaking international tours and to making our work known through recordings of our repertoire on Deutsche Grammophon.

Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul

Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul Vatican Basilica at 9.30 AM Holy Mass and blessing of the Pallia for the new metropolitan archbishops Canto Processionale: Tu es Petrus (M: Massimo Palombella [2019])…

Episcopal Ordination

Episcopal Ordination  Altar of Cathedra of the Vatican Basilica at 18 Canto Processionale: Nobile santa Chiesa (T: Valentino Meloni; M: Dusan Stafani; armonizzazione ed elaborazione: Massimo Palombella [2018]) Introito: Dominus fortitudo plebis…

Holy Mass on the Solemnity of Pentecost

Holy Mass on the Solemnity of Pentecost St Peter’s Square at 10:30 Canto di Attesa: Dum complerentur (Thomæ, Ludovici de Victoria Abulensis, Motecta Que Partim, Quaternis Partim, Quinis, Alia, Senis, Alia, Octonis Vocibus…

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