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Sistine Chapel Choir joins Westminster Abbey Choir at Ecumenical Vespers / Vatican Radio

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TRANSCRIPT - Pope Francis on Wednesday afternoon presides at Vespers in the Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls for the closing of the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. On that occasion, the Sistine Chapel choir will be joined by the men and boys of the Westminster Abbey choir, renowned as one of the finest choral music groups of its kind.

Ahead of this unprecedented event, pioneered by the two choirs are also performing a free concert on Tuesday evening in the Basilica of St John Lateran. Their collaboration grows out of recent years of deepening Anglican-Catholic relations, in particular following Pope Benedict XVI's visit to London in September 2010.

To find out more about this musical collaboration and about the history of the Westminster Abbey choir, Philippa Hitchen spoke to the Dean of the Abbey, the very Reverend Dr John Hall, and to the only full time English singer with the Sistine Chapel choir, Mark Spyropoulos.