Hélios Orchestra at Saint Sulpice Church
2 rue Palatine, 75006 Paris
Capacity 600 seats
1 hour and 15 minutes
Classical music concert
Established in 2014, the Hélios Orchestra has since made a name for itself as one of France’s most ambitious orchestras. Committed to providing a platform for young talent, it allows newly graduated musicians to train alongside renowned instrumentalists.
This year, the Hélios Orchestra is treating audiences to a series of classical concerts in the majestic Saint Sulpice Church.
Often compared in size and beauty to the famous Notre-Dame, you can attend a live orchestra concert while admiring the garnishing surrounding the 17th century church.
The Helios Orchestra is characterized by the diversity of its concert programming as well as its commitment to the professional integration of young people through orchestral practice. Founded in 2014 by Paul Savalle, it is made up of extraordinary musicians from national orchestras as well as young professionals who have recently graduated from prestigious graduate schools.
Thursday, December 22nd, 2022 at 8:45 p.m.
Under the direction of conductor Jean-Charles Dunand, with the Chœur Tempestuoso and the Chœur Darius Milhaud
Great Concert of Traditional Christmas Carols
History and Fun Facts about the Saint-Sulpice Church
Recognized as one of the oldest and tallest Roman Catholic churches in Paris, the church originally got recognition from appearing in one of the famous scenes in the film “The Da Vinci Code". Though the Saint-Sulpice started gaining more visitors from being spotted in the movie curious individuals kept coming back because of its beautiful landscape and antique elaboration.
Construction for this beauty began in 1646 and finally completed in 1870, it took some time to complete the assembly due to lack of financial resources. It contains some of the most interesting artifacts such as:
1. Gnomon which was used to determine Easter day and the hour once light hit it and a shadow was introduced on the floor (this is one of the reasons the church was not destroyed during the Revolutionary War).
2. Located on the outside of the church is a statue of Saint Peter with a gold foot due to it having been rubbed so often by visitors.
3. A vast and impressive organ, one of the biggest in Paris.
4. A number of murals signed by Eugène Delacroix..
When you visit this remarkable church you’ll notice other fascinating details about its structure that will leave you breathless. Saint-Sulpice is one way you can re-visit Paris’ history.
Fast facts Capacity: 600 Handicap Accessible: Yes Air conditioning: No Heating: Yes
How do I get to the Church?
The church is accessible by the metro station Odéon in line 4 or by bus lines 39 and 95 with final stop in Michel Debre station. Our hotline can be reached in case of difficulty finding the theatre weekdays from 10 am to 7pm Paris time. For details, we invite you to consult the map above.
What do I do when I get to the church?
We invite you to arrive around 15 minutes before the showtime marked on your ticket. An English-speaking staff member will guide you to your seats.
Please note that the church doors will be closed five minutes before the start of the concert and late arrivals cannot be guaranteed entry.
How long do the concerts last?
The concerts of Hélios Orchestra last between one and two hours without intermissions.