The Vienna Boys Choir is the best regular vocal experience you can get in Vienna. Where can you hear the most popular Vienna children’s choir for their Sunday Mass, and at Christmas? Learn about their schedule 2017 at different event locations and how get tickets.
The Vienna choir boys sing almost every Sunday (except summer) at Wiener Hofburgkapelle in the Imperial Palace. Their most traditional location boasts excellent acoustics.
Vienna Boys Choir Schedule at Hofburg: every Sunday (except in January 2018) until end of June 2018, 9.15am
Location: Wiener Hofburgkapelle, Hofburg-Schweizerhof, A-1010 Vienna
Tickets: EUR 43;
Bookings: You can book online without having to queue. Tickets can be delivered directly to your hotel. Alternatively, tickets can be bought on-site on Fridays between 11 am and 1 pm, and between 3 pm and 5 pm, or before Sunday Mass from 8.15 am to 8.45 am.
Note: As usual with masses, you will only hear the choir as they will be up on the choir balcony. After the mass, you will see the boys when they perform a few songs at the altar.
Watch both the Vienna choir boys and the Spanish Riding School Vienna perform in the same programme. The choir boys will take turns with the lipizzaner stallions at the baroque winter riding hall. No overkill with a mashed up sing-and-ride show, though; Each group will separately stick to what they excel in. Knowing both institutions, which are roughly the same age by the way (500 years old), I think the outcome will be tasteful and very enjoyable.
Vienna Boys Choir Schedule at the Spanish Riding School: 4th and 25th May 2018;
Location: Spanische Hofreitschule Wien, Michaelerplatz, 1010 Vienna;
Tickets: EUR 113 (long site) and EUR 133 (floor box); prices from 2017;
Bookings: Get tickets.
3. Vienna Boys Choir Christmas In Vienna
The choir boys’s angelical voices lend themselves to an amazing Christmas concert. Each year, they perform at the traditional Christmas in Vienna concert at Wiener Konzerthaus. Their classical Christmas songs are supported by top opera singers.
Vienna Boys Choir Schedule ‘Christmas In Vienna’: 15th December 2017 (pre-premiere), 16th December 2017 (Gala)
Location: Wiener Konzerthaus, Lothringer Strasse, 1030 Vienna;
Tickets: EUR 45 to EUR 195 (pre-premiere); EUR 55 to EUR 280 (Gala)
Bookings: book tickets
MuTh (stands for ‘Musik und Theater’) is the first concert hall built for the Vienna Boys Choir. The hall is located next to the choir boys’ boarding school at baroque Augarten palace, and serves as the boys’ main place to rehearse, and perform (mostly classical) concerts, and their own children’s operas. Every Friday afternoon in May, June and October you can listen to the Vienna Choir Boys perform Mozart, Schubert, Haydn and Bruckner. VIP ticket holders can meet and greet the choir boys after the concert.
Vienna Boys Choir Schedule at Augarten: between 4th May and 14th September 2018; click for Choir Boys Concerts at Augarten for detailed schedule;
Location: MuTh concert hall, Am Augartenspitz 1, 1020 Vienna;
Tickets: EUR 42 to EUR 98
The Vienna Choir Boys In Brief
The Choir started more than 500 years ago, in 1498 as a group of six boys of Emperor Maximilian I’s court band. After the First World War and the abolition of the monarchy in Austria, the choir turned into a private association. Since then, the approximately 100 boys between 10 and 14 years of age dress in sailor suits, sing in four different choir groups at various public occasions and tour the world. The Vienna Boys Choir became international superstars not least since Walt Disney’s film Almost Angels (1962).
The Vienna Boys Choir’s repertoire ranges from Medieval music, to Renaissance (Gallus, Victoria, Monteverdi), to Baroque (Bach, Händel), Classical (Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven), and Romantic music (Schubert, Bruckner); it also includes polka and waltzes by the Strauss dynasty. The boys have also lent their voices to modern music (Benjamin Britten, Leonard Bernstein, Gustav Mahler), folk, pop and world music. and regularly perform in operas for children.
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