Summer Concert: The Joy of Song

Our next concert, The Joy of Song, will take place on the 18th and 19th of May 2017.  The concert includes  Zimbe! the famous choral fusion of African song and jazz, which will be performed for the first time in Asia. The first half of the concert will see the International Choir and Orchestra of HCMC perform Handel’s Zadok the Priest, as well as works by Gabriel Faure & John Rutter.

The Joy of Song poster

This year the ICO are also joined by the newly formed FOBISIA Youth Choir of HCMC. FOBISIA stands for the ‘Federation of British International Schools in Asia’. FOBISIA is proud to have three schools as members in HCMC: The ABC International School (ABCIS), The British International School (BIS) and The British Vietnamese International School (BVIS). The Youth Choir will perform three songs in the first half, some of which will be accompanied by the ICO orchestra. The ICO Chamber Choir will also perform two contrasting pieces by Jean Thielemans & Arvo Part.

The second half of the concert will combine all forces of ICO, Youth Choir and also a professional jazz quintet! The combined forces of over 140 performers will give the Asian premiere of Zimbe!, a work celebrating the songs of Africa written by Alexander L’Estrange. This is sure to make everyone watching want to join in the magic of making music together and celebrating ‘The Joy of Song’!

For tickets, please visit or call 0903 787 515

We look forward to welcoming you to our concerts in May!

Christmas Concerts Raise VND 54.283.000 for Charity

Last Monday, 06 March, the members of the ICOHCMC Committee, Mr Gareth Groves, Mr Gregory Hoang Phuc Notebaert, and Mr Mark Bell met with met with Ms Jaom Fisher, the Executive Director of the local children’s charity Loreto, to present the charity with a cheque for VND 54,283,00.

The money was raised during the two highly successful Christmas concerts ICOHCMC gave at the St Paul’s Chapel at the end of December, and will be used by Loreto to support underprivileged children in Vietnam. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for donating generously to support this great charity!

Now the ICOHCMC are rehearsing for our upcoming concert – more news on the concert will follow soon!

Christmas Concerts 2016 Full Success

On Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd December the International Choir & Orchestra of Ho Chi Minh City performed their annual Christmas Concert at St Paul’s Convent Chapel in District 1. Both concerts drew great support from both the local and expat communities leaving only a few spaces for people to stand on the Saturday night. The ICOHCMC was raising money for the Loreto Children’s Charity and run a silent auction again to raise money for their special cause.

ICOHCMC Artistic Director, Mr Gareth Groves shares his thoughts:

“When I think back to the concert there were so many special moments. Two that stand out for me include the premiere of a composition written by our Assistant Choir Director, Mr Gregory Notebaert called “Love Came Down at Christmas”. This piece was for both Choir and Orchestra and was set to a poem by Christina Rossetti. The second particular high point for me was the final piece where I asked our congregation to join in with Hark the Herald Angels Sing. This was the first time ICOHCMC has included a piece for the audience members to join in with and the combined sounds truly lifted roof off this magnificent venue”.


Concert Rehearsals

As we continue to rehearse for our upcoming Christmas concerts that will take place on Friday 02 December and Saturday 03 December at the St Paul’s convent (District 1), here is a snapshot of our recent rehearsal:

Christmas Lullaby by John Rutter

Away in a Manger – Chamber Choir

Hark the Herald Angels Sing – Our First Congregational Carol

Love Came Down at Christmas by Gregory Huong Phuc Notabaert*

*this beautiful piece was composed for ICO by our Assistant Choir Director, Mr Gregory Notabaert

We look forward to welcoming you to our concerts next week!


Christmas Concerts 2016: Star of Bethlehem

Following the great Christmas concert series last year, when $7,500 was raised for the local charity Loreto, we are proud to announce that this year we will be giving two Christmas concerts:

Friday 02 December 2016 at 7:30pm &
Saturday 03 December 2016 at 7:30pm

Please join us at St. Paul’s Convent Chapel, 4 Ton Duc Thang, District 1, HCMC, and pre-celebrate Christmas with your local community, your family and your friends – sing traditional Christmas carols and support children in need with your ticket donation.


Christmas Concert 2015 Raises $ 7,500 for Charity

A Choral Christmas, the annual winter concert of The International Choir and Orchestra of Ho Chi Minh City (ICOHCMC), completed its two performances on the weekend, 6-7 December at St Paul’s Convent and Notre Dame Cathedral.

The money from the silent auction, collected from Friday performance, was donated to two charities: Loreto Vietnam-Australia Program and Poussières de Vie, both focusing on improving the livelihood of the disadvantaged in rural Vietnam.The concerts attracted nearly 3,000 people, coming in to enjoy a repertoire of classical pieces, ranging from Bach and Handel to traditional Christmas carols such as “Silent Night”.

Brian Riedlinger, the current conductor of ICOHCMC, hopes to connect to more groups of audience in future concerts.“People came for the familiar names, like Bach or Mozart. They’re the composers people can recognize. Also, because of the coming holiday, they wanted to feel the Christmas atmosphere and to listen to cheerful carols they know by heart,” he said.

“As an organisation, we feel it is important to reach out to as many people as possible. Music has such a wonderful way of breaking down barriers and crossing all cultures. With this in mind, we hope that we can inspire more people to either join us or come and support our forthcoming concerts.”