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Boys Choir

We will be in Vienna on Sunday, 30 Oct & tried to get tickets for the Vienna Boys Choir's performance at mass at the Imperial Palace, but the tickets are sold out. This would be our only chance to hear the choir. Is there any chance of getting standing room only at mass or is there any other options to attend this mass?
Thanks in advance for your assistance.

Posted by
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You might see what Rick Steves says about the choir in his Austria guide, as he addresses it. Many go in the performances and stand up. Some get into the practices. Some even stand outside and listen.

Posted by
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Hi Walter

We encountered the same thing but if you go to the Hofburgkapelle Sunday morning they do sell "standing" seats but they actually have chairs. You will not see anything except on a TV monitor... but it really is all about listening... and it is glorious.

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I think Rick's book says that standing room tickets are handed out at 08:30?

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Yes, we will be in Vienna Sunday & Monday only after a Danube cruise.
Thanks to all for the feedback. We will go to the church early & hope for the best.

Just a question: I understand the requirement to cover the expenses of the program & am fine with it, but do the people of Vienna have to pay to attend or is it only tourist who attend this mass?

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That's a shame. Difficult to hit special events on a very tight schedule.

I've not been to a concert at the Hofburg, but generally we residents pay, just like tourists. Some people do get discounts by buying subscriptions or similar membership type arrangements. I know they have a program like that at the MuTH, not sure if it applies to their off-site concerts.

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Normal Viennese would never go to see the boy's choir mass (unless maybe they had out of town visitors).

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There is no altar that you are allowed to go to and communion is passed around. You stay in your seat and the area is very small. The music is fabulous, I didn't mean to imply that it wasn't. It is just that I do not think that local Viennese would even consider going to this mass for communion.

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We are hoping to purchase tickets for Sunday mass on 06 November.
The mass starts at 9:15 AM and lasts about 90 minutes.
We have also ordered tickets to the Spanish Riding School performance on the same day starting at 11 AM - lasts about 80 minutes.
Can anyone tell me how long it will take to move from the Imperial Chapel to the Riding School?
We may have to leave church early.
Thanks.

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A 2-4 minute walk. Both are in the Hofburg complex. You can google the map.

Posted by
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Don't wait too long to get your tickets for the choir. We did & they were sold out. Now we will try to get SRO tickets. If we do get SRO tickets, does anyone know if we will be inside the chapel or in a secondary building. We also wonder what is the possibility of getting tickets if we walk up without them?
Thanks

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SRO is in the chapel, to the left if you are facing the altar. From that vantage point at the front, you might be able to see the boys, unlike those that have paid for seats. You should go early.