New College Choir sings in the Sistine Chapel

New College Choir has just returned from singing in the Sistine Chapel in Rome, and for Pope Francis in St Peter’s Basilica.  Invited as part of an ecumenical project to encourage musical collaboration between the world’s most acclaimed choirs and the papal choir, New College joined forces with the Capella Sistina for a mixed programme of sacred choral music on Saturday 27 June in the Sistine Chapel, in front of an invited audience of ecclesiastical dignitaries.  The choristers spent Sunday exploring Rome, before singing in St Peter’s on Monday 29 June for the papal mass of SS Peter and Paul, one of the most important events in the Vatican calendar.  The choir met the Pope after the service and was treated to a spectacular lunch before returning to Oxford, where they will be spending the beginning of July recording a new CD of verse anthems by John Blow, for release early next year on the Novum label.