regular musical activities during this period consisted amongst others of
the sunday-mass duties in the Vienna “Hofburg-Kapelle“
where the boys sing masses ranging from Palestrina
to Anton Bruckner supported by an ensemble of the Vienna
Philharmonia Orchestra. Other regular duties
were at the Vienna Opera House
if and when boy’s voices were needed and, of course, concerts at high
ranking receptions and similar events. The international activities were
of course the concert tours, lasting anything between one to three months
and leading across the whole world.
summer 1961 I
took part in film shootings for a feature film about the Vienna Choir Boys,
produced by the Walt Disney Productions. The
original title of this film is “Almost Angels“ („Ein
Gruß aus Wien“). Walt Disney and his wife were actually
visiting Vienna on this occasion and we were welcoming him at the airport
with a song.
He worked with the Choir Boys from 1954 till 1963. Then he moved to St.Pauls/Minnesota,
where he was the conductor of St.Paul's Cathedral until 1968. Having returned
back to Vienna he worked as a production manager for the ORF till 1991.
in the Viennese Opera House
THAT WAS THAT....
CONCERT TOURS with
the Choir Boys:
1. st concert tour (1961 - Europe)
2. nd concert tour (1961 - Asia)
2 trips during 1962 (Llangollen/UK; Germany)
5.th concert tour (U.S.A. 1963)
6. th and last concert tour (Germany