Cappella Romana Appeared in August at the 21st International Congress of Byzantine Studies in London

At the 21st International Congress of Byzantine Studies this August, Cappella Romana performed in two concerts given for the 1,100 delegates assembled from throughout the world.

The splendid chapel of King's College London, built in the 19th century with Byzantine influences (pictured below right), served as the venue for the London concerts.

On this occasion, Cappella Romana consisted of Alexander Lingas, John M. Boyer, Mark Powell, and a new singer to Cappella Romana's ranks, Archileus Chaldaeakes, director of the Byzantine choir The Maistores of Psaltic Art.

In concerts given jointly with the English Chamber Choir (ECC), directed by Guy Protheroe of the Byzantine Festival in London, Cappella Romana presented selections of medieval and contemporary-practice Byzantine chant in Greek.

The two groups together also performed the work "Anastasis" by the Greco-Albanian composer from Sicily, Tonin Tarnaku, in which the ECC sang in Greek and the members of Cappella Romana sang in Albanian.

Cappella Romana's singers had heard the world premiere of this work during Byzantine Music Festival in Sicily in May, 2006, at a concert given prior to their own two performances in the festival.

(Posting date 23 September 2006)

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