Introduction to the Orchestra
Welcome to the French Republican Guard Orchestra, established in 1848.
The conductors are Colonel François Boulanger and his deputy Colonel Sébastien Billard, at the head of the 120 professional musicians they lead. The orchestra has many formations: as a woodwind orchestra, a symphony orchestra, a string ensemble or, if you prefer more intimate moods, chamber music groups. So many musical formations in the same orchestra is an intriguing proposition and suggests the richness of the Republican Guard Orchestra, one of the reasons it has a unique place among French orchestras.
You do not have to be a high-ranking foreign dignitary or political figure to attend a concert by the Republican Guard Orchestra. Of course, the first mission of this orchestra is to serve the French State, especially during official services such as commemorations or state dinners at the Elysee palace. But it also serves the state when it performs for all audiences, from devoted music lovers to casual listeners. The Republican Guard Orchestra takes enormous pleasure in performing for diverse audiences, and responds gladly to requests from concert halls, festivals, municipalities or charities. Borders do not stop this orchestra; it has been welcomed abroad in the United States, Japan, Russia, South Korea, Kazakhstan , in China, in Armenia.
During the 2019-2020 season, you will be able to hear the Republican Guard Orchestra in Paris at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, at the Cathedral Saint Louis des Invalides and at UNESCO. In addition, the Orchestra was again chosen to perform the Christmas concerts of Radio Classique. In the region, the orchestra will participate in the Festival of La Chaise-Dieu, the International Music Festival of Besançon, the Musical September of Orne, and the Opéra de Montpellier; it will also perform at the Opéra de Tours, on La Reunion Island.
The Republican Guard Orchestra is a member of the French Association of Orchestras (AFO).