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Orchestra and Choir latest news !

While waiting to give concerts again in front of an audience, the Orchestra and the Choir continue their activities!

Two auditions were held recently: the wind orchestra will soon welcome two new musicians, one as a saxophonist and the other as a clarinetist.

The two next auditions will take place in February (registrations are closed).

Check our application page regularly, new positions may be available soon!

If you want to listen to some music, here are two videos you should not miss:

  • ten musicians from the Orchestra accompanied Eloïse Lapaille, a young police woman, in a cover of the Hymne à l’Amour (watch here)
  • our six cello players paid tribute to Sean Connery in a cover of the famous James Bond theme (watch here)

Finally, on January 15th, the Choir performed Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 13 (known as Babi Yar) with the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra and the Radio France Choir.

If you missed the live stream of this concert, you can read a recap here

Many projects are underway, including concerts with organ (see here for more information) and concerts at the occasion of the bicentenary of Napoleon’s death in 2021.

Our concerts calendar is regularly updated, so stay tuned!

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Discover the woodwind orchestra instruments with the Republican Guard

During this very special period, the musicians of the woodwind orchestra invite you to listen to them, instrument section by instrument section. They have prepared for you, their audience, videos to introduce you to their instruments.

You can now discover the following instruments:

  • the bassoons
  • the horns
  • the flutes
  • the tutti clarinets
  • the E-flat clarinets
  • and as a bonus, a short history of the orchestra!

Go to the official Republican Guard YouTube channel to watch these videos.

Even though they speak French, it is always a pleasure to listen to them playing famous pieces with their instruments.

Other videos are underway, so stay tuned 😉

Thanks to them, and have a nice time listen to them !

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A look back at… : the great Radio classique Christmas concert

The Orchestra and the Choir ended 2019 with their great Christmas concert, organized by Radio Classique. During the three concerts that took place at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, the Orchestra, the Choir, but also the Maîtrise des Hauts-de-Seine and the trumpet player Lucienne Renaudin-Vary interpreted great Christmas classic pieces.

Listen to the full version of the Radio Classique Christmas concert clicking on the link below :

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Discover a French Army choir singer’s daily life

Discover the daily life of a lyric singer through the experience of Jérémie Delvert, baritone in the French Army Choir.

If you dream of living the same daily life in this exceptional choir, do not hesitate to consult our page Choir vacancies.

You can listen to the podcast (in French) clicking on the link below

 

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A look back at… : the Orchestra on the Reunion Island

Twelve musicians from the string orchestra and two singers from the French Army Choir are currently on the Reunion Island for a series of five concerts.

Meet with the conductor and the two singers to talk about this exceptional trip and the daily life of the orchestra (in French) :

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A look back at… : “Hunting echoes” at the Invalides

For its first concert in the Invalides musical season, the Republican Guard symphony orchestra accompanied pianist Jean-Marc Luisada for a concert on the theme “hunting echoes”.

Find below a detailed report (in French) of this concert:

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A look back at… : the Orchestra at the international music festival of Besançon

After the opening concert in 2018, the Republican Guard harmony orchestra performed again as part of the Besançon International Music Festival on September 15, 2019.

Stravinsky’s Firebird and Benetti’s percussion and orchestra concerto, among other pieces, enchanted the nearly 700 spectators there.

You can find a full article (in French) and a photo by clicking on “learn more”

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A look back at… : the Orchestra and the Choir at the Masevaux organ festival

The Republican Guard string orchestra and the French Army Choir gave the closing concert of the 2019 edition of the Masevaux Organ Festival, in Alsace, in front of more than 800 people.

This concert was the occasion to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the unification of the Alsace-Lorraine region to France, through several pieces performed by the Orchestra and the Choir: La Madelon, Le Chant du Départ, Le Chant des partisans, Alsace and Lorraine, La Marseillaise…

You can find a video extract (in French) of this concert by clicking on “learn more”

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A look back at… : the Orchestra at La Chaise-Dieu festival

“As part of the 53rd La Chaise-Dieu music festival, a free concert took place this Saturday, August 31 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Henri Vinay garden, in Puy-en-Velay. The concert was given by the Republican Guard symphonic orchestra, led by Lieutenant-Colonel Sébastien Billard, and this event brought together about a thousand people, not only on the chairs provided for this purpose but also on the square of the Crozatier museum and the lawns of the park.

French composers in the spotlight

“We began with the opening of the Roman Carnival, by Berlioz”, presented the conductor, Sébastien Billard. It was indeed “an hour of French symphonic orchestral music” which the attentive public could attend on the seasonal scene settled in front of the kiosk, under a sky blue again after a rainy rehearsal earlier in the afternoon. After Hector Berlioz, followed Léo Delibes, a bacchanal by Camille Saint-Saëns, the “meditation of Thaïs” by Jules Massenet, then a waltz extracted from Faust by Charles Gounod. Then, works of Gabriel Fauré and Emmanuel Chabrier, and the concert ended with three extracts from the Arlesienne by Georges Bizet, the last of which was an encore from the enthusiastic applause of the public who rose to honor the talent of the musicians. ”

The full article (in French) and photos are available by clicking on “learn more”.

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A look back at… : the Choir at “Un violon sur le sable” festival

On July 20, 2019, the French Army Choir, among other artists, performed in front of 50,000 people who had taken place on the Grande Conche beach in Royan, during the opening concert of the 32nd edition of the festival “Un violon sur le sable”.

The next day, as part of the “off” festival called “Un violon dans la ville”, the Choir performed in the ancient theater of Fâ, in Barzan, an exceptional and atypical setting for our singers and their choirmaster, Aurore Tillac.

“In this green setting steeped in history, with breathtaking views of the Gironde estuary, the 35 singers alternated lyric works and popular songs, like this cover of the famous Poinçonneur des Lilas. […] For these military men, who had already sung the day before on the Grande Conche beach, the season ends in the most pleasant way. Two concerts are already planned for December in Paris. ” (Marie Herenstein for France Television)

The full article and a video report (in French) are available by clicking on “learn more”.

You can also find an interview (in French) with Aurore Tillac and an extract from the concert at the ancient theater here.

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