Oldest Choir In The World Sings With Most Known Choir

06.28.12 | Sarah Harnisch

For the first time in its 14-hundred year history, the oldest choir in the world, the Sistine Chapel Choir will be blending voices with the Westminster Abbey Choir. The historic event is happening today in Rome. It's the first time the Pope's personal choir will sing as a single chorus with another choir, let alone one from the breakaway Anglican church. Anglicans split from Rome in 1534 after English King Henry VIII was refused a marriage annulment. A half-millennium later, the two churches remain divided on a host of issues, especially female bishops and openly gay priests. The 19 Westminster boys came to Rome along with 12 lay vicars, the adult men in the choir. There are 35 boys and 22 men in the Sistine choir.