Orchestre symphonique de la Garde Républicaine (French Republican Guard Band)
Charity concert by the Gendarmerie - tribute to Colonel Arnaud BELTRAME - for the benefit of the victims of terrorism
Created in 1848, the French Republican Guard band is now composed of one hundred and twenty professional musicians from the Paris and Lyon National Conservatories.
In addition to its nationwide reputation, the Orchestre de la Garde républicaine has also proved to be an international success since 1872 and its first US tour. Since then, other series of concerts abroad (Europe, Canada, Japan, China, Korea, Singapore, Kazakhstan, etc.) consolidated the prestigious status of this band in the rest of the world.
Conducted by Colonel François Boulanger and his assistant Lieutenant-Colonel Sébastien Billard since 1997, the Orchestre de la Garde républicaine comes in various forms (concert band, string orchestra, symphony orchestra, string quartet). The orchestra can also play for a wide variety of occasions, from official events (dinner parties at the Élysée Palace, commemorations) to concerts forming part of musical seasons of major venues or festivals.
The Orchestre de la Garde républicaine can play the entire classical repertoire from the 17th century to the present day. Over the course of its existence, the concert band has had the honour of performing pieces by Camille Saint-Saëns or Maurice Ravel under the very direction of these great composers. Florent Schmitt even wrote Les Dionysiaques especially for this orchestra.
The discography of this orchestra has kept growing since the early 20th century, when the first tracks were recorded by a succession of conductors at the helm of this prestigious group.
During the 2018-2019 season, the Orchestre de la Garde républicaine will notably perform in Paris (Théâtre des Champs Élysées, Hôtel de Ville, the St Louis des Invalides cathedral, Philharmonie de Paris) and in French regions, for the opening of the Besançon international music festival, in the Toulon, Montpellier, Rennes and Clermont-Ferrand opera houses, on tour on Reunion Island, etc.
Conducted by Sébastien Billard – Assistant conductor: After studying the clarinet in Rouen and conducting in Reims, Sébastien Billard was admitted at the Paris National Conservatory of Music, where he was taught by Jean-Sébastien Bereau, Mickael Levinas, Jean-Claude Raynaud, Frédéric Durieux, Jacques Charpentier and Michel Merlet. He won First Prize for conducting and was awarded the Jean-Paul Rieunier Prize, and continued studying under Myung Whun Chung and as part of sessions with the Avignon and Nancy orchestras.
Having conducted orchestras of the Rouen conservatory and university orchestras (Grandes Écoles Choir and Orchestra and Orchestra and Choir of the Paris Universities), Sébastien Billard joined the Orchestre de la Garde Républicaine in 1997 as assistant conductor. Since then, he has conducted a broad repertoire with the world’s greatest soloists.
Sébastien Billard is also a guest conductor with the Cannes, Bayonne, Nice, Nuremberg and Avignon orchestras, with whom he maintains close working relationships. He is also regularly called on to provide artistic guidance for recording sessions.
- Mendelssohn’s Hebrides overture
- Haydn's Trumpet Concerto - Soloist: Republican Guard trumpeter
- Beethoven’s 7th Symphony
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