Concerts

A series of performances will be held in both indoor and outdoor venues, over the New Year period.

Chiesa Santa Maria in Portico Campitelli

Piazza di Campitelli, Rome

The original church, the most holy Oratory of Saint Gala, housed the much-venerated icon to the Virgin Mary. Legend has it that it just appeared on the altar one day in answered to the prayers to save Rome from a plague sweeping through the city in 1665. Soon after Pope Alexander VII asked architect Carlo Rainaldi to design and build a grander church giving it the name Santa Maria in Portico Campitellli in honour of the icon. The current Baroque church was completed in 1667 with the famous icon enshrined in the eye catching golden Gloria of Angels located behind the main altar. You can also see a wonderful collection of art, frescos and statues including the oldest Marian shrine in Rome which dates back to 1073. In 1747 Henry Stuart, son of Bonnie Prince Charlie, became a cardinal deacon to the church and started the tradition of the Perpetual Prayer which is still recited at every Saturday mass hoping for the return of the Church of England to return to the Catholic faith.

Future Concerts:

30th December 2022
7:00 pm

St. Paul’s Episcopal School Concert Band from Mobile, Alabama, USA.
Under the direction of Mr. Tim Huber

St. Paul’s Episcopal School Chorale from Mobile, Alabama, USA.
Under the direction of Dr. Harold J. Powell Sr.

Basilica Sant’Andrea della Valle

Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, Rome

This magnificent Teatine church was founded in 1524 and dedicated to Sant’Andrea, the patron of Almalfi, whose ruling family instigated the building of the original church. The construction started in 1591 with the façade finally being completed in 1665. It is a truly impressive feat of architecture with its high barrel vault ceiling, decorative interiors and remarkable paintings. The lavish fresco, decorating the third largest dome in Rome after St. Peter’s and the Pantheon, was painted by the great Baroque artists Lanfranco and Domenichino, set the standard of design and artistry for decades after. Follow the story of Sant’Andrea in the fresco over your heads along the centre of the church. This church impressed Puccini so much that he based the first act of Tosca in Sant’Andrea della Valle. Remember to visit the embalmed bodies of the Supreme Pontiffs, Pius II and Pius III who have both been resting here since 1623 and the tomb of Cardinal Theatine San Giuseppe Maria Tomasi can be seen in the chapel with the wooden crucifix.

Future Concerts:

29th December 2022
5:00 pm

Newark Charter High School Concert Choir from Newark, Delaware, USA.
Under the direction of Mrs. Kelly Kline

Newark Charter High School Concert Band from Newark, Delaware, USA.
Under the direction of Mrs. Samantha DeLuca

Chiesa di Santa Maria dei Miracoli

Piazza del Popolo, Rome

The 17th century Santa Maria dei Miracoli sits at the entrance to Via del Corso alongside it’s twin church Santa Maria in Montesanto. The story behind this beautiful church is that in 1325 a woman dropped her baby into the river and prayed to an icon of the virgin Mary for help. The baby was miraculously saved and as a result a chapel was built near the river to enshrine the icon. Being close to the river, the church survived many floods but eventually, in 1590 the icon was moved to San Giacomo. In 1662 Pope Alexander VII ordered a pair of churches to be erect to provide a monumental backdrop to the magnificent Piazza del Popolo with one to house the icon. Santa Maria dei Miracoli was completed in 1678 in the Baroque style, designed by Rainaldi. Look out for the ten statues on the façade all designed in the Bernini school. Inside the church look at the fresco inside the dome depicting the Dove of the Holy Spirit. Over the altar you can see the miraculous icon of the Blessed Virgin supported by four angels and the front of the altar has a bronze relief of The Last Supper.

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Piazza del Popolo

Rome

Neoclassical in style, the Piazza del Popolo, or People's Square, is one of Rome's largest urban piazzas and lies within the city's northern gate, Porta del Popolo, the ancient starting point of the most important road north and, until the birth of the railways, all visitors first sight of Rome. It was the place of Rome's public executions, the last of which took place in 1826. The Eygptian oblelisk, in the centre of the square, is the tallest and second oldest in Rome, arriving in 10BC by order of Augustus Caesar, originally on the Circus Maximus but re-erected here in 1589. On the northern side of the square, guarded by the sister churches of Santa Maria dei Miracoli and Santa Maria in Montesanto, are the three shopping streets, locally known as the 'trident', Via del Corso, Via Babuino and Ripetta, which is the route of Rome's New Year's Day Parade.

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Frascati Festival

Frascati

Frascati is an idyllic hill top town located 12 miles south-east of Rome in the Alban Hills famous for its crisp white wine, the aristocratic Villa Aldobrandini, winding cobbled streets and magnificant views over the plains surrounding Rome. Piazza San Pietro, named after Frascati's 16th Century Basilica, which watches over the square, is in the historic centre and a popular pedestrian hub. Piazza del Mercato, as its name suggests, has produce and craft markets held throughout the year as well as an array of small market shops located around the square making it a bustling and busy area. Both squares are regularly used as outdoor spaces by our performers.

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Basilica Papale di San Pietro

Vatican City, Rome

St. Peter’s Square is located directly in front of St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City, where the Pope resides. Gian Lorenzo Bernini designed the piazza including the colossal but simplistic Doric styled colonnades which surround the square, or embrace visitors ;in the maternal arms of the mother church.’ He designed it to create an open space to allow the greatest number of people to see the Pope giving his blessing from either the central facade or from his window in the Vatican Palace, At the heart of the piazza is an Egyptian obelisk dating from 1586, which is the location for many outdoor concerts.

Future Concerts:

29th December 2022
5:00 pm

St. Paul’s Episcopal School Chorale from Mobile, Alabama, USA.
Under the direction of Dr. Harold J. Powell Sr.

Basilica di Santa Maria in Montesanto

Piazza del Popolo, Rome

The Basilica of the holy mountain named after Mount Carmel in Israel and the home to Carmelite monks. Sister to the neighbouring church Santa Maria dei Miracoli it is known since 1953 as the Artists’ Church and in honour of artists everywhere a special mass is held on Sundays throughout the year. Completed five years after her twin, in 1683, it has an oval dome in contrast to her twin’s round one. Inside the church, the presbytery is stuccoed with angels and houses the miraculous 15th Century altarpiece depicting the Virgin of Montesanto, which is believed to have been painted by an 11-year old girl. The second chapel is dedicated to Santa Maria Magdalena de Pazzi in honour the Carmelite nun canonized by Pope Clemente XI in 1669. It was awarded the honour of being names Basilica in 1825.

Future Concerts:

1st January 2023
12:15 pm

St. Paul’s Episcopal School Chorale from Mobile, Alabama, USA.
Under the direction of Dr. Harold J. Powell Sr.