Let’s hear it for the boys, back after 10-year gap

Let’s hear it for the boys, back after 10-year gap

Arguably the oldest touring boy band in the world, the Vienna Boys‘ Choir are to return to Aberdeen’s Music Hall in October, for the first time in a decade.

Founded in the 15th century as part of the Chapel of Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I, the choir will stage a concert in the city centre venue on Monday, October 8.

And tickets for the performance go on sale on Wednesday (March 28) online at www.boxofficeaberdeen.com, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall and His Majesty’s Theatre.

A much-travelled Emperor, Maximilian liked to have his musicians about, and the boys have been on the road since the choir was founded.

In 1924 they were re-established as the Vienna Boys‘ Choir and have sung in more than 100 countries on close to 1000 tours. They have visited the UK 50 times – the first was in 1934 – and the current tour is their first UK tour after a 10-year absence.

For their Brit tour, the choir has devised a very Viennese programme, with music from composers closely linked to the choir’s history, with music by contemporary composers, and with its own arrangements of music by the Strauss family.

Light-hearted good music, notoriously difficult to sing, polkas in particular leave not much time for phrasing, and no time for mistakes. Nothing reflects the Viennese mind and spirit quite like polkas and waltzes by Strauss; it is a dancing, whirling mix of melancholy longing, and fun, with some black humour thrown in for good measure.

The choir will also perform songs by Billy Joel, whose father moved to Vienna in the 1960s. Billy wrote a song about Vienna, as a metaphor for the rest of one’s life: Vienna waits for you.

Posted on Thursday 22 March

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