"It was a great pleasure meeting you all and I hope we will be seeing each other more in the near future."
Sing Along Concert Vienna
A project of the World Festival Singers
The last years have proved, that the Sing Along Concert by the Berlin Radio Choir was not only a good idea, but with constantly 1.300 singers from all over the world a manifested grand in Berlins’ musical life. That’s a good reason for going on a journey with this idea and meet other musical cities.
Already in 2010 a Sing Along Concert took place during the Aspendos Festival in Turkey.
In 2014 INTERKULTUR invited music lovers from all over the world to a Sing Along Concert journey in the Hungarian capital city Budapest. In 2016 INTERKULTUR will bring all singing loving people to Vienna, Austria’s capital and the most important city of classical music at all. On the marks of the grand composer a work by Franz Schubert will be prepared and performed together in Vienna.
In 2016 Franz Schubert’s master piece Mass in No. 6 E-flat major for soloists, chorus and orchestra D.950 is on the program that Simon Halsey will rehearse with all the participants and perform in the Great Hall of the Vienna Konzerthaus.
The 2016 Sing Along Concert in Vienna takes place contemporaneously with the 30th edition of the Franz Schubert Choir Competition in Vienna. Being the central point of the event and nothing less but the pivotal elements in Vienna's music history, Schubert's compositions, as given through competition performances and international Friendship Concerts, will be granted a special place in the event. Performances are also held at the parish church of Lichtental, commonly known as „Schubert Church" where Franz Schubert was baptized in 1797, where he received his early musical training, where he sang and played music in worship as well as performed his sacred compositions until 1817. The Mass in E-flat major was composed in 1828, the year of Schubert’s death.
Closing Concert of the 30th International Franz Schubert Choir Competition
2016 marks the 30th anniversary of the prestigious International Franz Schubert Choir Competition and closing it off with the Sing-Along concert is the right way to go. The spectacular event venues, the rejoicing choral gatherings and merry atmosphere have already helped to establish this event as a renowned meeting place for outstanding choirs from all over the world.
"There are so many impressions imprinted in my mind and heart"
"I am fascinated how well everything was organized. I have organized many group journeys to similar events, both Interkultur and non-Interkultur-events, and I have never had so few problems to solve."
This event lies in the past!
You are interested in participating in this event series? Then have a look right now at our overview, which provides information about when the event will be held the next time. There you can also find further dates and destinations of our events taking place worldwide.
Friday, May 06, 2016
- 06:00 p.m. Piano rehearsal group A
- 08:30 p.m. Piano rehearsal group B
Saturday, May 07, 2016
- 01:00 p.m. Piano rehearsal group A
- 03:00 p.m. Piano rehearsal group B
- 06:30 p.m. Tutti rehearsal group B
- 08:30 p.m. Tutti rehearsal group A
Sunday, May 08, 2016
- 02:00 p.m. Dress rehearsal (both groups)
- 06:00 p.m. Sing Along Concert
- afterwards: Heuriger-Dinner at Fuhrgassl-Huber (Neustift am Walde)
- 07:30 p.m. Transfer from the Konzerthaus Wien to Fuhrgassl-Huber
- 10:00 p.m. Shuttle Service from Fuhrgassl-Huber to Metro Station Spittelau
Subject to change!
With several awards and performances at major festivals and after winning three Grammy Awards, the Berlin Radio Choir is one of the best choirs in the world. The exceptional breadth of its repertoire, its stylistic, absolute precision, delight in experimentation, stunning responsiveness and an unmistakable warm, richly nuanced sound all contribute to make it one of the world’s outstanding choral ensembles and partner of international orchestras and conductors like Sir Simon Rattle, Christian Thielemann and Daniel Barenboim. The choir is the permanent partner of the Berlin Philharmonics as well as of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester and Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester and their conductors.
The Berlin Radio Choir’s experimental project series has attracted worldwide attention. With its annual activities for various target groups – the big “Sing Along Concert”, the “Liederbörse” (Song Exchange) for children and young people and the “Festival of Cultures” in the Berliner Philharmonie – as well as with the long-term education program “SING!” the Berlin Radio Choir invites people of all ages and walks of life to become immersed in the world of professional choral music.
As of season 2015/16 the Berlin Radio Choir will be directed by its new Principal Conductor and Artistic Director Gijs Leenaars. Simon Halsey was appointed Conductor Laureate and will retain his ties to the ensemble as regular guest conductor.
Simon Halsey was Principal Conductor of the Berlin Radio Choir from 2001 to 2015. As of 2015/16 season he passed on the baton to the Dutch conductor Gijs Leenars. He was awarded Conductor Laureate as part of his official farewell and will furthermore retain his ties to the ensemble as regular guest conductor, also at the Sing Along Concert 2016 in Vienna. His enthusiasm, wit, perfectionism and passionate pedagogical dedication have made him one of the most sought-after choral conductors in the world.
Besides his work as a conductor and choral trainer, Halsey is also in demand as a pedagogue. In addition to his chair in choral conducting at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff this recipient of two honorary doctorates took up a post at the University of Birmingham in autumn 2012. With the Berlin Radio Choir he established the Berlin International Masterclass. His teaching activities also include numerous guest lectureships – he has a particularly close association with the choral department of Yale University. In autumn 2011 his book on choral conducting “Chorleitung: Vom Konzept zum Konzert“ has been published in the Schott series Master Class.
For his outstanding contributions to choral music in Germany, Simon Halsey was awarded the Bundesverdienstkreuz (Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany) in 2010. In March 2015 he was presented by Queen Elizabeth II with Her Majesty’s Medal for Music, and was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in June 2015.
The Vienna Academic Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in 1988 and celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2013 with a sold-out concert at the Vienna Konzerthaus.
Originally founded as a student orchestra, the Vienna Academic Philharmonic Orchestra nowadays works as a semi-professional orchestra both at home and abroad and has performed with numerous renowned soloists and outstanding conductors.
In addition to the regular orchestral work in Vienna, concert tours are fixed components of the young orchestra´s calendar. Among them the orchestra received the first invitation of a Western orchestra to Lemberg (Ukraine) to perform at the Festival Virtuosi 1991. Further tours have taken the orchestra to Germany, Italy, Spain, Greece, Poland, Czech Republic and China were acclaimed concerts have been showcased in Shanghai and Beijing.
Vienna is not only the capital of Austria but is also considered Europe’s capital of music. Important composers of the Viennese classical music such as Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Ludwig van Beethoven felt comfortable in the magnificent and historic buildings located in the streets of Vienna. More reasons to visit the multifaceted city are the many museums and public squares rich in history. Castle Schönbrunn, summer residence of Empress Sissy, the Stephan dome, the Viennese Prater or the zoo Schönbrunn belong to the most important sights of the city. And lovers of regional and culinary specialties will also find lots of things to indulge in when savouring a piece of Sacher cake and a genuine Viennese Schnitzel. Apart from the cosy flair of a major city a hiking trip to the Austrian Alps is also highly recommended.
There are several ways to get to Vienna by plane:
Vienna International Airport (VIE) is located 24 km away from the center of Vienna and is regularly approached by the following airlines: germanwings, Air Canada, Air France, Alitalia, British Airways, China Airlines, Iberia, Lufthansa, LOT - Polish Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Croatia Airlines, TAP Portugal, easyJet, Air One, American Airlines etc.
M. R. Štefánik Airport (Bratislava, Slovakia) (BTS) is located 86 km away from the center of Vienna and is regularly approached by the following airlines: Czech Airlines, flydubai, NIKI, Ryanair and U Tair Aviation.