This Sunday (22 April) at 5pm UK time, The Sixteen and Britten Sinfonia will be performing Sir James MacMillan’s Stabat mater, surrounded by Michelangelo’s stunning frescos in the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel. Wherever you are in the world you’ll be able to watch the performance as this will be the first ever concert live streamed from the chapel.
In partnership with the Genesis Foundation, Classic FM will be live streaming the concert on their website from 5pm this Sunday. Watch here.
Sir James MacMillan’s Stabat mater, was commissioned by the Genesis Foundation for Harry Christophers and The Sixteen. The world premiere took place in October 2016 at London’s Barbican Centre with Britten Sinfonia. Greeted with a standing ovation at the Barbican, the 55-minute work has since been hailed repeatedly as a masterpiece. A recording, released on The Sixteen’s own label, CORO, was shortlisted for a 2017 Gramophone Award. You can read the reviews from the premiere performances here.