• God save the King - Philharmonie de Paris 2021 (c) Concert Spirituel
    God save the King - Philharmonie de Paris 2021 (c) Concert Spirituel
  • God save the King - Festival de Besançon
    God save the King - Festival de Besançon
  • Pierre Hybre - Agence Myop
    Pierre Hybre - Agence Myop
Saison 2021-2022
Saison 2022-2023

Tuesday 6 June 2023, 19h30 (local time)
St James's Spanish Place, Londres
(as part of the Wigmore Hall's season)

Sunday 25 June 2023, 16h30
Festival of l'Abbaye de St-Michel en Thiérache 
>> ATTENTION: Last seats available behind the musicians

Thursday 21 July 2023, 21h
Festival of Saintes, Cathedral St-Pierre
>> SOLD OUT - waiting list available

Jeudi 17 août 2023, 21h
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de l'Annonciation, Le Puy-en-Velay
Festival de la Chaise-Dieu


Thursday 15 July 2021, 8pm (with Haendel's Fireworks)
Corum Opéra Berlioz de Montpellier
Festival Radio France Occitanie Montpellier

Saturday 24 July 2021, 7pm30
Tente du Festival de Gstaad
Gstaad Menuhin Festival

Sunday 15 August 2021, 9pm
Basilique Saint-Sauveur de Rocamadour
Festival de Rocamadour

Saturday 2 October 2021, 7.30pm
Festival Baroque de Sézanne


Georg Friedrich Haendel

Ouverture : "Occasional Oratorio"


Zadok the Priest HW 258
My Hearts is Inditing HW 261
Let Thy Hand Be Strengthened HW 259
The King Shall Rejoice HW 260

Hymne national

Le Concert Spirituel, choir and orchestra
Hervé Niquet, conductor

Timng : 1h45 with interval

* Grand format

Heading for England with Handel's Coronation Anthems

The long tradition of musicians attached to princes or kings tends to prove that music was for a long time an essential element in establishing political power.Handel was no exception to the rule and the Coronation Anthems, composed for the coronation of George II, as well as the Dettingen Te Deum, which celebrates England's victory over the French army at Dettingen in 1743, aim to strengthen the power of the English crown. 

In fact, the two pieces in this concert successfully fulfilled this role, as the rehearsals of the Coronation Anthems attracted a crowd of curious enthusiasts never seen before. 

To arouse enthusiasm and wonder for the power in place; this is the characteristic that makes music so indispensable to princes. The Coronation Anthems and the Dettingen Te Deum are primarily aimed at the senses of the listener. By playing on energy, they seek to provoke in the audience a physical, unanimous and enthusiastic adhesion that they could not obtain by addressing only the intellect.

It is Hervé Niquet's own vision of these "big show" pieces, with his expertise in the Haendelian repertoire (his interpretation of Water Music & Music for the Royal Fireworks won the Edison Award, and is regularly performed in front of thousands of spectators internationally, his Messiah, just published by Alpha, was elected "BBC Radio 3's Record Review of the Week") wishes to offer today. 
Le Concert Spirituel's choir and orchestra promise an exciting evening, which will start off with spectacular drum and trumpet marches.

This programme has been recorded and is available on Alpha Classics / Outhere music under the title Coronation Anthems >> more info

The Londonian concert will be live broadcasted on BBC3. More information to come.

God Save the King au Festival de Besançon
Teaser de l'album Coronation Anthems Haendel - Alpha Classics