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Music at the Vatican: life inside the Pope's choir

Baritone Mark Spyropoulos – the first British full-time member of the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel choir – tells us how tradition, technology and a little guesswork intermingle beneath Michelangelo’s frescoes.

As early as the 5th and 6th centuries there are records of singers being part of the papal entourage, today, some 1,500 years later, the role of the Sistine Chapel choir (officially, the Cappella Musicale Pontificia) remains the same, namely, to sing for the pope.

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