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Austrian Envoy hosts Vienna Boys Choir

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AMMAN — Austrian Ambassador Oskar Wustinger hosted a concert in Amman of the world-renowned Vienna Boys Choir, which brought together musicians from vulnerable communities in the Kingdom, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.اضافة اعلان

The choir, based in the Austrian capital Vienna, is one of the world’s most known choirs, with a history of teaching music to children for more than 500 years.

Complementing their musical achievements, young singers make important social contributions through outreach and philanthropy projects, such as the “Music for Hope” project in Jordan.

The project is co-funded by the EU Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund and the Austrian Federal Ministry of Interior, Petra said.  It said the project, which is also in cooperation with Caritas Jordan, was launched in March 2021 and has since played an instrumental role in elevating music within the school systems.

Programs include combining training for music educators and teaching music to refugee communities. Last year, Syrian and Iraqi refugee children enrolled in the program, while their parents benefitted from workshops highlighting the importance of music for children development.

Providing refugees and vulnerable communities in Jordan with access to music and music education should not only enhance their wellbeing but also create attractive job opportunities for musicians and music teachers in Jordan.

In opening remarks, Ambassador Wustinger said: “Music is very close to our Austrian hearts. I am personally extremely happy to see this project bringing together Jordanians, refugees and Austrians through music”.

The next phase of the Music for Hope project aims to establish an academy that can become a leading institution for music training in Jordan and the region, according to Petra.

Prof Gerald Wirth, president of the Vienna Boys Choir, lauded the event in Jordan, saying music ‘’is a powerful tool, the language of emotions, the language that connects us all.’’

“Children are our future and it is crucial that they have the tools to work together as a team, like a choir, in building a global society,’’ he maintained. ‘’This is what ‘Music for Hope’ is all about.”

The event was attended by Minister of Social Development Ayman Riad Saeid Almuflih. A free concert is taking place on Sunday at 4pm. at Al Hussein Cultural Center and will be open to all interested.


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