Tuesday 12 December 2017

Famous Dublin Palestrina choir to sing for the Pope in the Vatican

Paul Melia

Paul Melia

DUBLIN’S famous Palestrina choir will sing at the Papal Mass celebrated by Pope Benedict on January 6 next.

The choir, based at St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, will sing in St Peter’s Basilica on the Feast Day of the Epiphany with the Sistine Chapel Choir.

Comprising 32 boy choristers and 12 men, it is the second time it has sang in the presence of the Pope.

In February 2009, it played Handel’s Messiah to mark the 80th anniversary of the foundation of Vatican City State.

Choir director Blánaid Murphy said the choir was delighted to accept the invitation, adding that the two most recent choirs to join with the Sistine Chapel Choir were from Westminster Abbey and Westminster Cathedral.

Founded in 1903, the Palestrina Choir is the only one of its type in the country and one of the best-known in the country. It sings every Sunday at 11am mass in the Pro Cathedral, and opened and closed the International Eucharistic Congress in Dublin earlier this year.

The choir will sing Handel’s Messiah on December 21 next, and tickets are available at www.nch.ie

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