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 Mount Athos are a source of inspiration and discipleship.
It has appeared at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus in the context of the Athens and Epidaurus festival, at the Athens Concert Hall (five concerts in collaboration with the Hellenic Radio and Television—ERT—Music Ensembles, etc.), and in various cities in Greece.
Particularly outstanding have been its joint appearances with the musician Jâlal Eddine Weiss and the Ensemble Al-Kindi music group, with Kudsi Erguner, UNESCO Artist for Peace, and a group of Turkish singers of religious music, and with Sokratis Sinopoulos.
It has also taken part in acts of worship with the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomaios, Patriarch of Moscow Cyril, Archbishop of Cyprus Chrysostomos, Archbishop of Athens and All Greece Ieronymos, and Archbishop of Sinai Damianos, and in lengthy vigils at the Vatopaidi, Simonos Petras, and Docheiariou Monasteries on Mount Athos.
During the 12 years when it has been active it has taken Greek musical culture, the cantor’s art, a musical art with a spirituality which makes it stand out and move the emotions, with a Greek identity, but also a special value for the progress of music world-wide, to 18 countries abroad.
It has also recorded 23 CDs which are a reference point in the presentation of a rich heritage of mostly unpublished works of great Constantinople and Mount Athos composers from the thirteenth cen-
tury to the present.
• 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• The Athonite Theotokos, 2 CDs with hitherto unpublished chants by Athonite composers
• Constantinopolitan Composers, 2 CDs with mostly hitherto unpublished chants by composers of the 14th to the early 20th century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
• Classic Church Music, Study 3
• Classic Church Music, Study 4
• Classic Church Music, Study 5