During these rehearsals, commented on by the ensemble’s cultural mediator, students find themselves at the very heart of the orchestra. They learn to recognise the various instruments, and they witness the demanding work that is required of an orchestra, to find the right tone colours, musical nuances and ornamentation, the right balance between the different groups of instruments, and so on.
« Why don’t I listen to more music like this? It’s great! »
A student at the Collège Langevin, during rehearsals of Les Horaces by Salieri at the Philharmonie de Paris.
These concerts break with the codes of the classical concert to establish a close relationship and dialogue between artists and students.
Students explore some of the emblematic venues where Les Talens Lyriques give concerts: the Théâtre du Châtelet and the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, the Royal Opera at Versailles, and so on.
At the Musée de la Musique in Paris, they discover the historic instruments that are typical of the Baroque period, and get to play an arrangement of a passacaille from the opera Armide by Jean-Baptiste Lully, composer at the court of Louis XIV.
At the Château of Versailles, they visit and walk around the places where music was performed at the royal court in the eighteenth century: the opera house, the royal chapel and the king’s apartments.
« The first encounter with Les Talens Lyriques was seminal. The students sang their song, adapted from a piece by Telemann, accompanied by the whole orchestra, conducted by Christophe Rousset. It was unexpected, and it was a very nice experience. I was really moved. We all felt the momentousness of that moment of interaction, not only for the pupils, but also for the musicians. »
Marine Balanger, teacher (class CM1) at the École Lapierre in Alfortville