Great Concert of Traditional Christmas Carols - Church of the Madeleine

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December 2022

Dynamic and eclectic, the Hélios orchestra has been a major force since its creation in 2014.

Its artistic director, Paul Savalle, promotes the professional integration of young musicians through orchestral practice. Thus, young graduates mingle with experienced orchestral musicians, conductors and soloists in optimal working conditions.

From baroque to contemporary music, the programmes are varied, the repertoire is both symphonic and choral, with the orchestra joining forces with departmental and regional choirs.

Thanks to the collaboration with different conductors, the musicians approach a very rich repertoire by widening their range of interpretation. They all come from the great French conservatories, some of them belonging to a national orchestra.

From the string quartet to the symphony orchestra, via the brass ensemble, the orchestra always widens its audience by modulating its composition. The string ensemble performs in the most prestigious churches in Paris, allowing the public to discover a very rich architectural heritage.

Its variable-geometry formation allows the Hélios Orchestra to approach a very wide repertoire with passionate curiosity.

Program and cast

Orchestra: Hélios

Choir: Choeur de la Gondoire

Direction: Alain Guillouzo

Great Christmas Concert at Saint-Sulpice

Traditional Songs

Soloists, Choirs, Symphony Orchestra and Public Participation

Arrangement: Nicolas Crivelli

"We Wish you a Merry Christmas", "My beautiful fir tree, king of the forests"...

"Il est né le divin enfant" (French), "Les anges dansnos campagnes" (French)

"Te Deum" by Charpentier, "La Marche des Rois" by Bizet, "Joy to the World" by Haendel, "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" by Mendelsshon, "Jing Bells" by James Pierpont, "Minuit Chrétien" by Adolphe Adam, "And the Glory of the Lord" by Messiede Handel, Franz Gruber's "Douce Nuit", Henri Martinet's "Petit Papa Noël", Charles Gounod's "Ave Maria", François Gevaert's "Entre le bœuf et l'âne gris", Mozart's "Ave Verum", Handel's "Hallelujah".

Church of the Madeleine

The parish of La Madeleine wishes to ensure a visible presence in the heart of Paris and to be attentive to our contemporaries. We speak of the base to describe the stone massifs that form the foundation of the church. But this base is also made of living stones made up of associations attentive to the wounded of life such as Ozanam Madeleine, the Espace Formation Informatique. The Foyer de la Madeleine serves more than three hundred meals every day at lunchtime with the aim of encouraging people to meet people who work or spend time in the neighbourhood.

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