Russian choir of 4,335 performs in St. Petersburg

By IRINA TITOVA | May 26, 2013 | 12:35 PM EDT

Crowds gather to watch the 4,335 strong choir of St. Petersburg perform a mass choir program near the city’s famed St. Isaac’s Cathedral to honor the city’s 310th anniversary and aimming to set the Guinness wold record, in St.Petersburg, Russia, Sunday, May 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — More than 4,000 Russian singers have performed outdoors in St. Petersburg with the aim of setting a world record for the largest choir.

The 4,335 singers of all ages and from nearly all of the city's professional and amateur choirs sang from the steps of St. Isaac's Cathedral before thousands of spectators under an intermittent rain.

The spectators, who closed their umbrellas with the start of Sunday's performance, sang along during the one-hour concert.

The 14 songs performed included some of the most popular and patriotic songs of Russia and the Soviet Union, including a hymn celebrating the country's victory in World War II.

Yulia Alshenina, whose daughter sang in the choir, said the concert was so moving she could not hold back her tears.