Vatican’s Sistine Chapel Choir to perform in Gozo

Monday, 18 Feb 2013, 18:21


The Cappella Musicale Pontificia more commonly known as the Sistine Chapel Choir will be performing a concert of sacred music inside St George’s Basilica in Victoria Gozo on Saturday 23rd February.

This concert will be one of the main highlights during the weekend celebrations being organised by Fondazzjoni Belt Victoria in collaboration with St George’s Basilica that will inaugurate the newly completed Heart of Gozo Museum and Cultural Centre.

“We are delighted to be hosting one of the most prestigious choral groups in Europe to celebrate the inauguration of this new project and we are very confident that this concert will reflect the high level of quality and the experience that this new Museum and Cultural Centre in Gozo wants to deliver to all thse who visit,” says Antoine Vassallo, Chairperson of the Fondazzjoni Belt Victoria.

Composed of 24 adult singers and about 35 boys, the Pueri Cantores, the choir is based inside the Vatican City and is one of the oldest religious choirs in the world. It traces its origins to the first centuries of the Church, was reorganized in the sixth century by Pope Gregory the Great and underwent major changes under Pope Boniface VIII. In 1471 the choir was reorganized by Pope Sixtus IV and then became the Pope’s personal Choir, obtaining the name “Sistine Chapel” thanks to the Pope who revived it and because it usually sang in this chapel.

In addition to its main commitment in the Papal Liturgies, the Sistine Chapel Choir also gives concerts both as a full choir and in sections, including just boys’ voices. These concerts take place in Italy and further afield in churches and secular concert venues in order to raise awareness of the cultural and spiritual patrimony of the Church. The choir is led by its choirmaster and director, Massimo Palombella.

The concert, will feature compositions by G.P. da Palestrina, Luca Marenzio, Lorenzo Perosi, Roland de Lassus as well as the Credo Missa Papæ Marcelli amongst others.

The event starts at 20.00hrs and entrance is public and free of charge.

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