Arts > Singing their hearts out

15 October 2015 | by Joanna Moorhead

Singing their hearts out

As the visual arts go, the Sistine Chapel is one of the world’s unforgettable set pieces. But whoever heard of anyone making a visit to this magnificent space not to admire Michelangelo’s frescoes, but to listen to the choir?The Sistine Chapel hasn’t been renowned for its music for more than a century – mention its choir to an Eternal City insider and you’ll get a wince and a reference to “the Sistine screamers” – but in the last five years things have changed.Under Pope Benedict, a passionate advocate of traditional church music, a new director was appointed and charged with bringing the 530-year-old chapel’s music up to the highest standards. And in an extraordinarily short space of time (it’s astonishing how the Vatican c


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Comment by: Dhoby Mick
Posted: 16/10/2015 18:21:13

I watched an interview with Mark Spyropoulos on the BBC Breakfast programme some days ago.

What a very impressive young man he is.

I will certainly be buying a copy of the Cantate Domino CD.

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