About the Imperial Choir Where Boys from Vienna Can Be HeardIn the Hofburg Palace is the Imperial Chapel or the Imperial Court Chapel. This chapel is a kind of private church where the imperial family used to pray with the nobility of the empire and their relatives, and is part of the Hofburg Palace. Nowadays it is best known as a place where one can see one of the wonders of the world of classical music - the boys' choir from Vienna.
The Vienna Boys' Choir is held every Sunday at Mass, held at the Hofburg Palace in Vienna. During Mass anyone can hear the world's best boys' choir.
The Vienna Boys' Choir is an amazing boy’s choir that has been running continuously since 1498. It is the only one in the world that can boast of two of the great musicians, as its alumni - both Schubert and Haydn participated in the choir as boys.
The founder of this special choir was Emperor Maximilian I, who in 1498 decided to establish a boys' choir, and this was the result.
It is one of the most famous choirs in the world. This is not a school choir or merely a chorus of some godforsaken town in Austria. The innocent voices you will hear in their concerts have no competition.
In fact, today there are only four comparable boys' choirs, ages between 10 and 14 and they are not only Austrians, but talented boys from all over the world. These boys are interviewed while the choir arrives in their city, and the accepted then participate and learn from the choir from all over the world, including places like New Zealand, the United States and Australia.
TipsWant to hear them? – Visitors must purchase tickets online in advance and then go to Mass on Sunday morning and listen to the Vienna Boys Choir singing.
The Vienna Boys Choir sings during mass every Sunday between September and March.
Seating tickets must be booked at least two months in advance.
You can watch and listen for free, from a distance. This way you can also see the boys singing, on a screen.