Our Sing Along Concerts in Vienna and Salzburg offer individual singers and choirs the opportunity to perform an important work of choral music in Vienna’s St. Stephen’s Cathedral or Salzburg Cathedral in a professionally organized concert. For 16 years, individual amateur singers and choirs from all over the world come to Austria to be part of this unique Sing Along experience.
Under the direction of a renowned choirmaster you will be studying the relevant piece for several days in rehearsals during the Sing Along! Choir Festival. As part of the Sing Along! Festival Choir newly formed for each piece, you will then perform the work together with your fellow international singers, the Cathedral Orchestra and renowned soloists in a festive final concert in front of a broad audience in Vienna's St. Stephen’s Cathedral or Salzburg Cathedral.
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Masterpieces of English Choir Music
3 to 5 November 2022 | St. Stephen's Cathedral, Vienna
On the occasion of the 150th birthday of Ralph Vaughan Williams, St. Stephen’s Cathedral Vienna for the first time invites a renowned choir director from the UK, David Wordsworth, to conduct a Sing Along Concert. Besides the music of RVW, you will work on music also composed in the UK, like Handel’s Zadok the Priest, Elgar’s Te Deum and Ireland’s Great Love Hath No Man. By the way, these composers have anniversaries in 2022 as well: the 60th anniversary of John Ireland’s death and Edward Elgar’s 165th birthday.
Under the direction of David Wordsworth, you will study the pieces over several days in rehearsals. As a crowning finale, you will perform them in St. Stephen's Cathedral as a sing-along concert in front of a broad audience with the many other singers from all over the world, the Vienna Cathedral Organist and a renowned soloist.
Learn more about the repertoire and composers at this special Sing Along! Concert below, and click on the audio samples to get a taste of the pieces.
Repertoire and Composers
W. A. Mozart, Coronation Mass & Sparrow Mass
25 to 28 August 2022 | Salzburg Cathedral
At the very last concert of János Czifra as Domkapellmeister, perform Mozart's Coronation Mass (KV 317) and Sparrow Mass (KV 220) in Salzburg Cathedral, both of which were premiered here. The Coronation Mass surpasses all other Salzburg masses in its musical expressiveness. The programme is rounded off with parts of the Vesperae solennes de Confessore and the dense and cheerful Sparrow Mass by Mozart. The Mass was given its nickname in the 19th century because of the figures in the Sanctus and Benedictus that are reminiscent of the twittering of sparrows.
Directed by János Czifra, Domkapellmeister (Musical Director) at Salzburg Cathedral, you will study the pieces with your fellow international singers during rehearsals held in German and English. On Saturday, you will perform the Coronation Mass and parts of the Vesperae solennes de Confessore with the Salzburg Cathedral Orchestra and well-known soloists. On Sunday, you will sing the Sparrow Mass during the Holy Mass from the organ loft of the Cathedral.
F. Schubert, Mass in E-flat Major
14 to 16 July 2022 | St. Stephen's Cathedral, Vienna
Sing Schubert's Mass in E-flat Major (D 950) at St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna celebrating his 225th birthday. With its rich drama and great emotion, Schubert's Mass in E-flat Major has established itself as a masterpiece of 19th-century church music. Schubert composed his longest and largest mass in the last year of his life. The first performance in the Parish Church "Holy Trinity" in Vienna-Alsergrund took place only after his death. "Aspiring to the highest in art" - this is how Schubert is said to have characterized his work.
Under the direction of Prof. Gerald Wirth, Artistic Director and President of the Vienna Boys' Choir, you will study Schubert's Mass in E-flat Major over several days in rehearsals. As a crowning finale, you will perform the work in St. Stephen's Cathedral as a sing-along concert with the many other singers from all over the world, the Vienna Cathedral Orchestra and renowned soloists.
F. Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Elias
7 to 9 July 2022 | St. Stephen's Cathedral, Vienna
Commemorating the 175th anniversary of Felix Mendelssohn’s death, perform his Elijah (MWV A 25, in German) at St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna. The oratorio about the story of the biblical prophet Elijah is still one of the composer's best-known works. Mendelssohn translated the drama from the Old Testament into equally dramatic music, some of which has operatic features.
Under the direction of Prof. Gerald Wirth, President and Artistic Director of the Vienna Boys' Choir, you will work on the piece over several days in German- and English-language rehearsals. Together with renowned soloists and the Vienna Cathedral Orchestra, you will perform Mendelssohn's Elias as part of the Sing Along! Festival Choir in a festive concert at St. Stephen's.
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