The Vienna Boy's Choir sang a concert in the Chapel last night with King's College Choir. It was an extraordinary meeting of choral traditions, with each choir singing pieces from its own musical heritage, and joining together to sing from a shared heritage.
The two choirs opened the concert by singing Haydn's Insanae et vanae curae together, then took it in turns to sing separately.
The Vienna Boys Choir sang two sections of music from their own repertoire: 'Music from the Imperial Chapel' , with works by Gallus, Caldara and M Haydn, and 'Romantic Vienna', with works by Bruckner, Brahms and Rheinberger.
King's College Choir explored the English choral tradition, with sections of the programme called 'Music from the Chapel Royal' (Byrd, Gibbons, Purcell) and 'Choral Cambridge' (Elgar, Stanford, Vaughan Williams).
The choirs joined forces again to sing Schubert's Gott is mein Hirt and, for the finale, a powerful rendition of the Halleluia Chorus from Handel's Messiah.
The choirs were conducted by Kerem Sezen and Stephen Cleobury. After the concert Stephen said, "We were all very excited to welcome the Vienna Boys to King's and to have the chance to socialise as well as to make music together.
"Following our visit to Leipzig earlier in the year, when we performed with the Thomanerchor, the Dresdenkreuzchor and the Regensburger Domspatzen this represented another important opportunity for cultural interchange. We now look forward to the concert with Andreas Scholl next month."