Very Much Standing Room

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The maiden visit of the Capella Musicale Pontifica " Sistina " otherwise known as The Sistine Chapel Choir, the Pope's personal choir to Britain, was greeted by a packed, standing room affair at Westminster Cathedral last evening, the proceeds of the collection going to The St John Southworth Fund which supports parishes, organisations and projects across a wide range of issues including poverty, homelessness, old age and issues affecting children in danger of deprivation.

Lasting an hour and a half, the choir under the direction of Mgr Massimo Palombella sang unaccompanied, performing music historically used in Papal Celebrations taking the audience on a journey through the Liturgical Year. The concert concluded with an address by Archbishop Vincent Nichols who expressed his gratitude to the Pope for sending the choir, referring to the uplifting nature of the music before going on to speak of the work of St John Southworth and the worthy cause of the charity. Then he made special thanks to Mgr Palombella and the members of the choir, speaking in very fluent Italian and highly impressive it was too before closing with a prayer from his heart. Mgr  Palombella additionally addressed the audience before leading a final encore.

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