The Choir was founded by Constantinos Angelidis and his associates in late 2005, with a view to the study and promotion of Byzantine music as it has come down to us, and the re-baptising of the cantors’ choirs with the style and feeling of the ‘music of the angels’. The living of the experience of the Church, the spirit of devout attendance at its services, a love for our own music, and a scholarly approach to a host of compositions by renowned composers of the Byzantine and post-Byzantine period from the tradition of chant of the Great Church and the Holy Mountain are a source of inspiration and discipleship.
It has appeared at the Athens Concert Hall (five concerts in collaboration with the Hellenic Radio and Television Music Ensembles, etc.), at the Greek National Opera and in various cities in Greece, such as Tripoli, Mytilene, Patra, Hydra, Thessaloniki, etc.
Outside Greece, it has appeared at international music festivals and has given concerts in various countries, such as Poland, Romania, Cyprus, Turkey, Sweden, France, Great Britain, Portugal, Austria, Lebanon, the Czech Republic, Israel, Egypt, Serbia, Russia and Morocco (to mark the 1,200 years of the foundation of the Kingdom of Morocco –
in collaboration with the ‘Ensemble Al-Kindi’ and the conductor Julien Jâlal Eddine Weiss), in Germany (to mark the 850th anniversary of the founding of the city of Munich), etc.
An important part of the Choir’s activities is taking part in acts of worship, consecrations of new churches, solemn episcopal Vespers, and Divine Liturgies, lengthy vigils, etc. Particularly notable here are the Patriarchal Liturgies with the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomaios at Aghiasos on Lesvos (2006), in the Church of St John the Baptist at Kirkintzes (Şirince) near Ephesus, and in the Church of St Photeine, Smyrna (Turkey) (2008), the Patriarchal Liturgy with Cyril, Patriarch of Moscow, in the Church of Christ the Saviour in Moscow (2011), the devotional events at the Holy Monastery of Sinai on the feast of St Catherine (2013 – 40 years of the episcopate of the Most Reverend Damianos, Archbishop of Sinai), in the Cathedral Church of St Demetrius at Mystras (2014), the all-night vigil at the Vatopaidi Monastery on the feast of the Vatopaidi Saints (2011), the service at the kelli of St Nicholas of the Dionysiou Monastery on its festival at Karyes on the Holy Mountain of Athos (2009), the vigil at the veneration at the Church of the Resurrection, Spata, at the reception of the sacred relic of the skull of St John Chrysostom (2007), and the acts of worship during the visit of the sacred relics of St Seraphim of Sarov to the Church of St Tryphon, Pallini (2008), presided over by His Beatitude Ieronymos II, Archbishop of Athens and All Greece, and a host of bishops of the Church of Greece.
It has also recorded the following cds:
• St John Chrysostom, 1,600 years since his repose
• St Nicholas, Archbishop of Myra in Lycia
• The Athonite Theotokos, 2 CDs with hitherto unpublished chants by Athonite composers
• Constantinopolitan Composers, 2 CDs with mostly hitherto unpublished chants by composers of the 14th to the early 20th century
• The Music of the Angels, with chants by Athonite and Constantinopolitan composers
• Physician and shepherd, 2 CDs with hymns from the sequence for St Luke the Physician
• The Holy Mountain of Athos. Synaxis of Athonite Fathers, 2 CDs
• Vigil for the Saints of Vatopaidi, 3 CDs
• Lover of Christ. Saint Athanasius of Athos, DVD from a concert in the Greek National Opera
• Classic Church Music, Study 1
• Classic Church Music, Study 2
• Angels of the wilderness, Savvaiatikon Synaxarion, in the edition of the volume dedicated to the Holy Lavra of St Savvas the Sanctified