Hong Kong audiences will be able to listen to 'the voices from heaven' when the Vienna Boys' Choir performs at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre on October 25. The world-renowned choir will be singing under the baton of Raoul Gehringer. The programme features classic works by Mozart, Schubert, Strauss and Schumann, as well as contemporary and light music. Founded in 1498 by Austria's Emperor Maximilian I, the Vienna Boys' Choir is now made up of about 100 choristers between the age of 10 and 14. After the disintegration of the Habsburg Empire in 1918, the Austrian government took over the court opera and its adult singers, but not the choir boys. Three years later, Josef Schnitt, dean of the imperial chapel, established the boys' choir as a private institution and the former court choir boys became the Vienna Boys' Choir. Today, the choir is divided into four touring groups who give about 300 concerts and performances each year around the world. Together with members of the Vienna Philharmonic and the Vienna State Opera Chorus, the choir maintains the tradition of the imperial musicians. As part of the 'Hofmusikkapelle' (court orchestra), the boys provide the music for the Sunday Mass in Vienna's Imperial Chapel, as the choir has done since 1498. The choir has its own school, where about 250 children study and rehearse in a baroque palace and former imperial hunting lodge. They have academic lessons and other activities like any other school. The Vienna Boys' Choir concert will be staged at 8pm on October 25 at the Cultural Centre Concert Hall. Tickets at HK$150, HK$110, HK$80 and HK$50 (HK$300, HK$220, HK$160 and HK$100 for adults) are available at Urbtix. Call 2268 7321 or visit www.lcsd.gov.hk/cp for programme details.