• Le Concert Spirituel © Guy Vivien
    Le Concert Spirituel © Guy Vivien
  • Le Concert Spirituel © Guy Vivien
    Le Concert Spirituel © Guy Vivien
  • Le Concert Spirituel © Eric Manas
    Le Concert Spirituel © Eric Manas

Choir and orchestra

Le Concert Spirituel, the name taken from the first French private concert society founded in the 18th century, has established itself today on the national and international scene as one of the best French ensembles. At the origin of ambitious and original projects since its foundation in 1987 by Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel has specialised in the interpretation of French sacred music, devoting itself at the same time to the rediscovery of an unjustly forgotten lyrical heritage (Andromaque de Grétry -"Grand Prix du Disque" of Charles Cros Academy 2010, Callirhoé by Destouches, Proserpine by Lully, Sémélé by Marais - ECHO Klassik Awards 2009, Le Carnaval de Venise by Campra - German Record Critics' Award 2011, Les Mystères d'Isis by Mozart, Les Fêtes de l'Hymen et de l'Amour by Rameau or Persée 1770 by Lully). 
These musical adventures were the occasion for original encounters with directors as diverse as Corinne and Gilles Benizio (alias Shirley and Dino) on Purcell's operas King Arthur and Don Quichotte chez la Duchesse by Boismortier, as well as Karole Armitage, Georges Lavaudant, Joachim Schloemer or Chrsitian Schiaretti with Castor and Pollux.

For 30 years, leading his orchestra and his choir from Paris (every season at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, at the Philharmonie de Paris or at the Château de Versailles) to the Philharmonie de Varsovie, from the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels to the LG Arts Center in Seoul, from London's Royal Albert Hall to the Tokyo Opera, Le Concert Spirituel shows to all audiences, through original and atypical productions, and through an innovative approach, that the Baroque knows how to surprise and fascinate. Its great international dynamism enables it to work extensively to promote French excellence at high-profile events, such as the Shanghai World Expo, Istanbul European Capital of Culture on the site of the Topkapi Palace, the Forbidden City of Beijing, etc. With the production Fireworks & Water Music (Edison Award 2002) which under different pyrotechnic versions and concerts already gathered more than 100 000 spectators, he also performed in exceptional venues, such as the Retiro Park in Madrid, the Barlin mining site (Nord-Pas-de-Calais), the Neptune Basin at the Château de Versailles and most recently the Domaine de Chambord.

Hervé Niquet and Le Concert Spirituel’s approach also includes great involvement in the training and professional integration of young musicians, notably through a partnership with the Pôle supérieur d'enseignement artistique Paris Boulogne-Billancourt and the Conservatoire à rayonnement régional de Paris. The transmission of this passion and this knowledge is also shared with the youngest around encounters, rehearsals and particularly school workshops.

Since June 2015, Le Concert Spirituel has recorded exclusively for Alpha Classics. They have already appeared on DVD Don Quichotte chez la Duchesse (collection Château de Versailles), and on CD Vivaldi's Gloria/Magnificat, Cherubini and Plantade’s Requiems, Lully’s Persée (1770), Handel's Messiah (1754) and Benevolo's Missa si deus pro nobis.

Among its projects for the 2018-2019 season are a major concert around Berlioz's Messe solennelle and Martini's Requiem at the Festival Berlioz - Côte Saint-André, then at the Royal Chapel in Versailles (in co-production with Bru Zane France and AIDA / Festival Berlioz); Vivaldi's Gloria & Magnificat concerts at Victoria Hall in Geneva and at the Cité de la Musique; the recreation of Armide by Lully (1778 version by Francoeur) with Véronique Gens at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, the Arsenal de Metz and the Palais des Beaux-Arts de Bruxelles (Bozar) (in co-production with the Centre de musique baroque de Versailles); the return to the Barbican Centre in London with Cherubini and Plantade's Requiem; and Handel's Messiah concerts with Sandrine Piau and Purcell's King Arthur (staged by Shirley and Dino) for the 10th anniversary of the production at the Château de Versailles.

Le Concert Spirituel is funded by the Ministry of Culture and the City of Paris.
Le Concert Spirituel thanks the donors of its Endowment Fund, especially SMA, donor for this season’s main staged production, and its individual donors of “Le Carré des Muses”. 
Le Concert Spirituel is funded by its Principal Patrons: Mécénat Musical Société Générale and Fondation Bru.

 

Le Concert Spirituel's first violins
Alice Piérot
Olivier Briand