Pope Benedict has announced his intention to give the cardinals' hat to 22 new cardinals, including Archbishop Santos Abril y Castello, Archpriest of the Pontifical Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, on 19th February 2012.
The next day, Monday 20th February 2012, the Choir of Chavagnes International College will, God willing, be singing for Mass in the Basilica at 6pm.
The Choir plans to sing the Kyrie, Sanctus and Agnus Dei as well as the Introit, Offertory, Communion and Marian Antophon. All works will be from the repertoire of English renaissance polyphony, including works by by William Byrd, Robert Parsons and Christopher Tye.
The Mass features in a special Lenten pilgrimage organised for members of the Choir.
This year the Choir will be working on the theme of the English Renaissance and intends to record a CD of religious and secular works from this era to celebrate the College's 10th birthday in summer 2012.