Organ concerts in Paris are renowned for their superlative quality and also for the inspiring and magnificent locations in which they take place. The masterpiece of French Gothic architecture known as Notre Dame Cathedral regularly features performances from world class organists which take place on Saturday evenings. Several of these are scheduled over the course of December, adding to the special atmosphere of the upcoming festive celebrations. Admission is free of charge, but donations are actively encouraged and such a breathtaking venue is, of course, well worth supporting. These concerts take place just a short walk from the Hotel Britannique.
Organ concerts in Paris played on The Great Organ
The Great Organ of Notre Dame de Paris is known throughout the world. Built in the early 15th century in the large west portal’s stone organ loft, this superb instrument was expanded, developed and reconstructed at various times over the centuries. Its current dimensions date from the 18th century, although the solid oak console was added during restoration work which took place in 1992. Due to the care of the craftsmen who worked on it many of the finest aspects of the organ were preserved, so that even today it still has a few pipes dating from the Middle Ages. The patriotic music played on the organ during the French Revolution was doubtless instrumental in helping it survive that upheaval.
Today the versatility and beauty of the Great Organ can be fully appreciated. It has five keyboards, thirty two pedals and an astonishing 8,000 pipes. Hugely complex, it takes full advantage of the cathedral’s fabulous acoustics. It is played during Sunday services and on Sunday afternoons before Vespers. The Saturday evening concerts are to feature the work of Bach, Dupré, Mouchel, Saint-Saëns, Franck, Boelmann and other greats.
The Hotel Britannique is close to organ concerts in Paris
What could be more romantic than a walk along the Seine and a visit to Notre Dame de Paris? The elegant and traditional Hotel Britannique recommends that you enjoy a concert before the temporary silencing of the Great Organ for maintenance work from January 2014.