On July 10th, Hanoi musical audiences welcomed the Monaco Boys Choir – Les Petits Chanteurs de Monaco – on their first-ever visit to Vietnam as part of their Summer Tour of Asia, 2018.
St Joseph’s Cathedral provided a fitting venue for this remarkable event, hosted generously by the Archdiocese of Hanoi and attended by special guests Cardinal Pierre Nguyen Van Nhon – archbishop of Hanoi, Bishop Lorenso Chu Van Minh and Mr. Alexis Delevaux – Consul of the Principality of Monaco in Vietnam.
Prior to the start of the performance, the Cathedral was full anticipation as the pews quickly filled up with enthusiastic music lovers of all ages. The recital programme took the audience on a musical journey through time, featuring exquisite pieces spanning the Baroque era and the Romantic period to present-day choral music and contemporary favourites.
Throughout the concert, the air was full of exhilaration as the boys’ angelic voices created a hauntingly beautiful and dignified atmosphere. The Hanoi audience gave an immensely warm welcome to the talented young singers and their director, Mr. Pierre Debat – Chapel Master of the Prince’s Palace of Monaco. Spontaneous bursts of applause followed each piece and the crowd lingered in the Cathedral long after the concert was over, eager to greet the young singers, offering flowers and taking photos.
Established in 1974, the Monaco Boys Choir, under the High Patronage of H.S.H. Prince Albert II, plays an active role in Monaco’s cultural life while also acting as musical ambassadors for the tiny Mediterranean Principality and showcasing its historic association with culture and the performing arts. Vietnam becomes the 44th country that the young singers have visited to date.
Les Petits Chanteurs de Monaco performed at St Joseph’s Cathedral again on July 13th at 8:00 pm – the concert is free and open to the public. The Choir also performed at Sunday Mass service on July 15th before departing to South Korea, and then onto Japan for the conclusion of their Summer Tour.