Vienna Boys Choir
Vienna Boys Choir has been singing at Vienna's Imperial Chapel since 1296. In 1498, Maximilian I (HRR) moved his court to Vienna, lock, stock, and choir, thus founding the “Hofmusikkapelle” (Chapel Imperial), and the Vienna Boys Choir. Over the centuries, the Viennese Court attracted great musicians like Isaac, de Monte, Fux, Caldara, Gluck, Salieri, Mozart, and Bruckner; Joseph Haydn, Michael Haydn, and Franz Schubert were themselves choir boys. Until 1918, the boys sang exclusively for the court. In the 1920s, the choir was reestablished as a private organisation. Since 1926, 2482 Vienna Boys Choir has sung 1000 tours in 97 different countries. Gerald Wirth is the its Artistic Director, and its president.
In 2015, Vienna boys choir - Haydnchor will come to Asian along with their well-known, passionate, and creative resident conductor, Jimmy Chiang, who comes from Hong Kong.
In the 2014/15 season, there are 24 boys singing in Haydnchor. They are a motley crew, with boys from Vienna, Lower Austria, Styria, Carinthia, and Burgenland, from Afghanistan, Japan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Poland, and Romania; there are boys of Polish and of Chinese extraction. The boys sing and speak in a variety of languages.
This season, Haydnchor is in residence in Vienna; they take turns at singing Mass in Chapel, performing in the Spanish Riding School, and at MuTh. The Haydnchor boys will again take to the High Seas for their production of Britten's vaudeville "The Golden Vanity", and they are involved in a new CD production for a new film by Curt Faudon, to be filmed in 2015: Some of the music researched for "Good Shepherds" can be heard in the Choir's Christmas concerts at MuTh.