27 June 2019 - 20:30 • Basilique de Saint-Denis
Thursday 27 June 2019 - 20:30 • Basilique de Saint-Denis
Choeur de Radio France, Orchestre National de France
PURCELL FUNERAL MUSIC FOR QUEEN MARY (Stucky Edition).
TIPPETT A CHILD OF OUR TIME
This oratorio was composed by Michael Tippett as a response to the terrible Kristallnacht of 9 November 1938, a night of reprisals unleashed after the murder of a German diplomat in Paris by a young Polish Jew.
“A Child of our time”. In three parts like Handel’s Messiah, this very accessible work features some very moving spirituals, which mark the end of each part like the chorales in Bach’s Passions.
This masterpiece of British 20th-century music is performed for the Festival by the Orchestre National de France, the Chœur de Radio France choir and four soloists including the famous Dame Felicity Palmer, the definitive performer of this oratorio. They are led by Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, who has now succeeded Sir Simon Rattle as conductor of one of England’s most acclaimed orchestras, the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
This evening promises to be a monumental one.
1, rue de la Légion d’Honneur – Saint-Denis
The royal Basilica of Saint-Denis used to be the church of a prosperous, powerful abbey in the Middle Ages, and was the first monumental masterpiece of Gothic art. The royal necropolis houses the tombs of the Kings of France, and boasts remarkable funeral sculptures from the 12th century to the 16th century (Dagobert, Pepin the Short, Francis I, Catherine de’ Medici…)
stop at Saint-Denis Basilique – follow signs for “centre-ville” pedestrian exit
stop at Gare de Saint-Denis (+10mn walk or transfer to the tramway)
stop at Saint-Denis Basilique
Take the Autoroute A1 and the exit “Saint-Denis / Stade de France” – follow sign to the “centre ville”.
Be warned that the city centre is a pedestrian zone. We invite you to take advantage of public transport options.
Several public parking are available (24/24):
Parking Basilique INDIGO. Entry point is in rue du Pont Godet.