As the working day draws to a close, the sound of music and singing fills the air in Liechtenstein. Nurses and carpenters join forces in the local brass band, lawyers and teachers perform Brahms's "In the Still Night" together, and with the members of his blues band an archaeologist grooves the night away.
Liechtenstein's long tradition of brass band music dates back to 1862, when the country's first brass band was founded in Triesen. Today there are ten bands and youth bands with around 1000 musicians represented in the Liechtensein Brass Music Society. Performances range from concerts and music at local events to the annual Liechtenstein Brass Music Society music festival.
Founded in 1919, the Princely Liechtenstein Singing Society ("Fürstlich Liechtensteinische Sängerbund", FLSB) organises and coordinates the country's many choirs. It comprises 24 adult choirs and 12 children's choirs. All in all, more than 1000 singers practise every week. The highlight of Liechtenstein's choral scene is the bi-annual national song festival.
The Liechtenstein Symphony Orchestra, Liechtenstein-Werdenberg Orchestra and the orchestras of the Liechtenstein Music School are the flagships of classical music in Liechtenstein. They have made a name for themselves with concerts both within Liechtenstein and outside the country.
The Liechtenstein Blues and Rock Society heads the blues, pop and rock scene in Liechtenstein. On most weekends you will find at least one gig put on by the 60 or so bands in the Principality and the surrounding region. The Liechtenstein Big Band has been at the heart of the country's jazz scene since it was founded in 1980 and is famous well beyond the national borders thanks to its concerts and recordings.