Soirées at Shangri-La
Soirées at Shangri-La is a series of events that celebrates the diversities of the local arts community. The aim is to invite the community through our doors and instil a love for the local arts. We do this via a series of curated events featuring artistic cultural performance as a celebration of Singapore’s heritage.
Eample of Soirées include but are not limited to other music, dance and vocal performances.
Vienna Boys Choir
The launch event of Soirées at Shangri-La features a performance by the award-winning Vienna Boys Choir held at the Peony Room on 11 January. It gives the audience a preview of future soirées that will be held on a bi-monthly basis at the hotel.
For those keen in a full length performance, Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore has bundled room packages with premium tickets to the Vienna Boys concert held at the Esplanade Concert Hall on 12th January.
Singapore’s Very Own Vienna Boys
10-year-old Muqian and 12-year-old Mateo both entered the Vienna Boys’ Choir through auditions held earlier this year. Following brothers Dennis and Nigel Howe, who were part of the choir in their younger days, Muqian is the third Singaporean to have entered the Vienna Boys’ Choir and is currently the only Singaporean in the Choir.
Having moved to Vienna since then to receive choral training, Muqian, and Mateo, who is of German heritage and whose family is based in Singapore, are now part of the entourage that will arrive in January.
About Vienna Boys’ Choir
The 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. Since 1926, 2482 Vienna Boys Choir has sung 1000 tours in 97 different countries. Professor Gerald Wirth is the Choir’s Artistic Director and President.
Today, there are 100 choristers between the ages of nine and fourteen, divided into four touring choirs which give around 300 concerts each year.
They regularly tour Europe, Asia and Australia, and the Americas. Audiences can expect to engage with the world famous choir in various activities in Singapore centered on the main themes of See, Sing, Study and Socialise with the Vienna Boys’ Choir. Maestro Jimmy Chiang is the Choir’s conductor.