• 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 - German Record Critics' Award 2017). 

These musical adventures were also the opportunity to work with directors and choreographers directors as diverse as Corinne and Gilles Benizio (alias Shirley and Dino) on Purcell's King Arthur and Boismortier’s Don Quichotte chez la Duchesse, as well as Karole Armitage, Wincent Tavernier with Molière and Lully's Les Amants Magnifiques, Chrsitian Schiaretti with Rameau's Castor et Pollux, Georges Lavaudant, and in 2020 Julien Lubek and Cécile Roussat with Mozart's The Magic Flute (in French) or Patrice Thibaud with The Adventures of Baron Münchhausen.

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 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. Le Concert Spirituel, in partnership with Château de Versailles Spectacles, carries out regular musical interventions for the sick children of Hôpital Necker (AP-HP). 

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), Benevolo's Missa si deus pro nobis, "Opéra des Opéras", Berlioz's Messe solennelle and Lully's  1778 Armide.

His projects for the 2021/2022 season include the premiere of Platée by Rameau at the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse and at the Opéra royal de Versailles (directed by Corinne and Gilles Benizio, alias Shirley & Dino); three performances at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, including Ariane et Bacchus by Marin Marais (as part of the "cross-residency" programme of the Centre de musique baroque de Versailles); the 2022 grand tour of three of Molière's comedies-ballets (including Le Malade imaginaire - music by Charpentier) for the 400th anniversary of his birth at the Opéra de Massy, Nantes, Angers, Avignon and Reims.

Le Concert Spirituel is in residence at the Festival de Rocamadour.

Le Concert Spirituel is funded by the Ministry of Culture (DRAC Ile-de-France) and the City of Paris.
Le Concert Spirituel thanks the donors of its Endowment Fund and its individual donors of “Le Carré des Muses”.
Le Concert Spirituel, 2020 award-winner of  the Liliane Bettencourt choral singing prize, is supported by the Fondation Bettencourt Schueller.
Le Concert Spirituel is funded by it Principal Patron Fondation Bru.

 

Le Concert Spirituel's first violins
Alice Piérot
Olivier Briand
Chouchane Siranossian, XIXth programme

Artists of the season 2020/2021