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Vienna Boys Choir cancels Japan tour

Jul 10, 2020

Vienna (Austria), July 10: The Vienna Boys Choir has canceled its 2020 tour of Japan, citing the increase in the number of coronavirus infections around the world.
The choir said in a statement on Thursday that it had made "the difficult decision" out of consideration for the health and safety of the children, the Japanese hosts and the audience.
The choir had canceled its concerts from March onwards due to the pandemic. But it had planned to visit Japan in September as the number of infections in Austria has declined.
The statement noted that infection numbers are on the rise again everywhere in the world, and many restrictions are still in place.
It said the choir expects that it will "take quite some time before concert life will be back to normal."
The choir says its next tour of Japan is planned for the spring of 2021. It also says it is planning to hold concerts in Taiwan later this year.
The Vienna Boys Choir was established as a court choir by an emperor of the Holy Roman Empire in the 15th century, and is listed as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage.
The choir is in financial difficulty as a result of the pandemic. It is appealing for donations and is seeking financial support from the Austrian government and the city of Vienna.
Source: NHK World