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Tbilisi’s two cathedral churches are both centres of excellence in the sacred musical arts. The Georgian Patriarchate’s television station, Ertsulovneba, recently commissioned this documentary on the Choir of the Holy Trinity Cathedral (Tbilisis Tsminda Samebis Sakathedro Tadzari), very ably conducted by Mr Simon Jangulashvili.

Many of the hymns sung in the programme are familiar, and some have been composed and arranged by His Holiness Patriarch Ilia II.

 

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I have today discovered that a kind person has filmed some wonderful choirs in Kutaisi and uploaded both concert-style recitals and excerpts from the Divine Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom in the temple. A sample is provided below, the Trisagion (Thrice-Holy Hymn, known in Georgian as “Tsmindao Ghmerto”) prior to the readings from the Epistles and the Holy Gospel.

If Georgian chant interests you, you can subscribe to the Youtube channel here ,  via Facebook here , or via Google+ here.

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