The Pontifical Musical Choir of the Sistine Chapel, known as “the Pope’s choir,” will sing in Moscow for a three-day visit starting Sunday.
The initiative forms part of an ecumenical project that has already seen the participation of the Anglican Choir of Westminster Abbey (2012) and the Lutheran TomanerChor of Leipzig (2013) in the solemn celebration of Saints Peter and Paul on 29 June.
This year, the Synodal Choir of the Patriarchate of Moscow will sing in the Vatican basilica during the celebration of the patron saints.
The Pontifical Musical Choir of the Sistine Chapel will travel to Moscow, where it will sing on 25 May in the Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. On 26 May the Pontifical Musical Choir of the Sistine Chapel and the Choir of the Patriarchate of Moscow will rehearse together in preparation for the Eucharistic celebration of Saints Peter and Paul, to take place in the Vatican on 29 June. On the same day, both choirs will perform traditional Orthodox and Catholic religious music in the Armoury of the Kremlin. The concert is organised by the Patriarchate of Moscow.
Finally, on 27 May, in the Great Hall of the Pyotr Tchaikovsky Conservatory, the Pontifical Musical Choir of the Sistine Chapel and the Synodal Choir of Moscow will perform in a concert of religious music in honour of the fifth anniversary of Patriarch Kirill’s enthronement.