Evan Pyne, an 11-year-old student from Qatar Music Academy (QMA), has been accepted into the Vienna Boys Choir.
Despite his young age, Pyne has already amassed awards and critical acclaim for his ability on the piano and trumpet, but most obviously, his impressive singing voice.
In 2009 he joined the Piccolo Lasso choir in Ireland, performing in prestigious venues such as Westminster Cathedral in London.
He has also had the honour of singing to Pope Benedict XVI in Rome.
The Vienna Boys Choir is one of the oldest choirs in the world, having existed for more than 500 years. It is made up for 100 choristers, all aged between 10 and 14, who manage to perform around 300 concerts to some 500,000 people each year.
They have staged a number of concerts in Qatar alongside the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra and were here earlier this year for a number of performances.
Artistic director of the choir, Gerald Wirth, said: “Evan is extremely musical, and quite a determined young man – perfect. We are expecting him to bring his talent and his personality to bear. He will go far.”
QMA principal Abdul Ghafour al-Heeti commented: “Evan’s acceptance into the Vienna Boys Choir is proof of his musical talent and acknowledges his true potential. It is a great honour for him, his family and for all the staff and students at Qatar Music Academy.”
Pyne is also a student at Park House English School, and Niall Brennan, director and son of the school’s founder, Heather Brennan, said: “Everyone at Park House is delighted for Evan and for the Pyne family. Being selected for the Vienna Boys Choir is an incredible achievement ... we support the Pynes in their difficult decision to send Evan to Austria to realise this dream.”
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