HarrisonParrott are delighted to represent the Vienna Boys Choir in the United Kingdom.
The Vienna Boys Choir have an illustrious history dating back to 1498 when Emperor Maximillian I of Austria declared that amongst his musicians there must be six boys. From then until 1918, the choir sang for the royal court. Only a glance at the historical records of the Vienna Boys' Choir reveals names such as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Antonio Salieri and Anton Bruckner, while Franz Schubert and Hans Richter were choristers themselves.
The Choir’s prestige continues into the present day. There are now around 100 choristers aged between ten and fourteen, divided into four touring choirs. These choirs give around 300 concerts each year in front of almost half a million people. They perform in almost every country in Europe and are frequently invited to Asia, Australia and the Americas.
The Choir’s repertoire includes everything from medieval to contemporary and experimental music. Motets and lieder for boys’ choir form the core of the touring repertoire, as do the Choir’s own arrangements of waltzes and polkas by Strauss, and children’s operas. The choir has also worked on world music projects; Silk Road, which premiered in 2003, features songs from Uzbekistan and China. Since 2001 Gerald Wirth has been the choir’s artistic director.
In 2009 a feature film was released on the life of the Vienna Boys Choir.