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In January 2015, the violinist Julien Chauvin founded a new period instrument orchestra – the Concert de la Loge.

The name is a reference to the orchestra formed in 1783 which was famous for commissioning the six Paris Symphonies from Joseph Haydn through the intermediary Chevalier de Saint-George. The Concert de la Loge Olympique featured a large number of musicians and was considered one of the best orchestras in Europe. It gave its first concerts at the Hotel de Bullion, then played at the Tuileries Palace under the aegis of Marie-Antoinette. 

At that time, the majority of musicians were freemasons and many concert societies were allied to masonic lodges, music being the perfect paradigm of social harmony and equality through merit.

Today, the group is an ensemble of five to fifty players inspired by Anglo-German models (Concerto Köln or the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra for instance) performing programmes directed from the violin or baton, which bring together by invitation singers, instrumental soloists and conductors. The repertoire is extensive whether for chamber, symphonic or operatic forms and runs from the Baroque to the turn of the twentieth century.

The aim of this re-creation is also to explore new forms of concert inspired by its original deployment at the end of the eighteenth century. Projects mix different genres and artists even on the same evening and establish links with other artistic disciplines.

On tour, the Concert de la Loge has appeared on several French opera stages with Haydn’s Armida, directed by Mariame Clément, as well as in concert with sopranos Karina Gauvin and Sandrine Piau.

Future projects include a tour with countertenor Philippe Jaroussky to Europe and South America, a touring production of Sacchini’s opera Le Cid directed by Sandrine Anglade, and performances of Lemoyne’s opera Phèdre, directed by Marc Paquien at the Caen Opera and the Theatre des Bouffes du Nord.

The orchestra is supported by the Ministry of Culture and Communication, la Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations (principal sponsor), the Orange Foundation and the Caisse d'Épargne Île-de-France. It has a residency at the Singer-Polignac Foundation in Paris.

August 2016

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For further information please visit http://www.concertdelaloge.com/