Sainte-Chapelle Concert Series
8 Boulevard du Palais, 75001 Paris
Capacity : 200 seats
Recommended for all ages
The gloriously elaborate Sainte-Chapelle (Holy Chapel) is a pearl of Gothic French architecture. Spend an evening marvelling at the chapel’s vaulted ceilings and stained glass panelling – all while enjoying the music of some of history’s finest classical composers.
Located on the Isle de la Cité, just minutes from Notre Dame Cathedral, the Sainte-Chapelle is one of France’s most visited monuments. But few of the million visitors who pass through the chapel’s ornately carved doors each year have the privilege of attending an exclusive classical concert on the other side.
Euromusic Productions has assembled the finest ensembles and soloists in Paris to bring you a series of concerts and recitals that pay homage to classical music’s greats. Masterpieces by J. S. Bach, Mozart, Vivaldi, and Handel all make the list, as well as a score of others stretching from the baroque period through to the 20th century. Discover the full programme...*
*When booking, please refer to this programme for details of the concert playing on your selected date(s).
Bach’s Concerto for Piano, Chopin’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1 – quintet version (Playing the 1 July)
Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, Vitali’s Chaconne, Pachelbel’s Canon (Playing the 5, 7, 12, 14, 17, 19, 22, 25, 28, 30 July)
Romantic Recital: Chopin’s Nocturnes, Rachmaninoff’s Prelude, Vocalise, Liszt’s Transcendental Etude No. 10, Apassionata, Vallée d’Obermann, Glinka/Balakirev’s The Lark (Playing the 6 July)
Mixed American Recital, A History of 20th Century Music: Scott Joplin, Ernesto Nazaret, Ernesto Lecuona, George Gershwin, Cole Porter (Playing the 8 July)
Mozart the Enchanter: Assorted arias and extracts from The Enchanged Flute and Don Giovanni – flute quartets (Playing the 13, 15 July)
Masterpieces of Sacred Music: Ave Marias of Mozart, Bizet, Schubert, Bach, Caccini, Gounod, Verdi (Playing the 16, 18, 23, 29, 31 July and 22, 28 August)
Entirety of Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for Violin (Playing the 20, 27 July)
Assorted Baroque Sonatas: Bach, Vivaldi, Telemann, Corelli, Couperin, Geminiani (Playing 21, 24, 26 July)
Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, Albinoni’s Adagio, Pachelbel’s Canon (Playing 1, 3, 5, 9, 11, 14 August)
Entirety of Bach’s Concertos for Violin, Mozart’s A Little Night Music (Playing 2, 6 August)
Assorted Baroque Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord: Corelli’s La Follia, Bach, Vivaldi, Vitali’s Chaconne, Pugnani’s Prelude and Allegro (Playing 4, 7 August)
Concert to the Virgin Mary: Caccini and Schubert’s Ave Marias, Mozart’s Laudate Dominum, extract from Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring (Playing 8, 13, 15 August)
Romantic Classics: Mozart’s Dissonance, Schubert’s Death and the Maiden, Dvorak’s American Quartet (Playing 10, 12 August)
Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, Handel’s Sarabande, Pachelbel’s Canon (Playing 16, 18, 21, 24, 27, 29, 31 August)
Adagio! Assorted Quartets: Pachelbel, Handel, Beethoven, Mozart, Borodine, Dvorak (Playing 17, 23 August)
J S Bach’s The Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (Playing 19, 26, 30 August)
Unpublished Concertos for Violin by Vivaldi, Bach’s Concerto for Violin in E, Vitali’s Chaconne (Playing the 20, 25 August)
The Sainte-Chapelle (Holy Chapel)
Paris’ Sainte Chapelle (Holy Chapel) is one of the finest remaining examples of Gothic French architecture. Built in the first half of the thirteenth century, it belongs to the ‘Rayonnant’ period, an architectural style characterised by an increased emphasis on ornate decoration rather than grand size. The chapel formed part of the medieval Palais de la Cité, where the French monarchy resided until the 14th Century. It was originally built to house Louis IX’s priceless collection of relics, including the Crown of Thorns of Christ, one of Christianity’s most cherished artefacts. Although damaged during the French Revolution, the chapel was restored to its shimmering prime thanks to a major renovation during the 19th century.
Much of the chapel as it appears today is the fruit of reconceptions by its various skilled restorers. But two thirds of the chapel’s most distinctive element, its magnificent stained glass panelling, are completely authentic. With 15 windows that stretch to 15 metres high, the Sainte Chapelle contains one of the most extensive collections of stained glass anywhere in the world. Its panels depict a total of 1,113 scenes from both Old and New Testament. This array of scenes and colours was no doubt intended as the defining feature of the chapel’s infinitely elaborate interior, but its remaining non-stained glass walls are also richly coloured and decorated. Equally impressive is the chapel’s high vaulted ceiling, painted deep blue and gold so as to resemble the night sky. Each year the Sainte Chapelle plays host to a diverse programme of classical concerts and recitals: as a unique Parisian show venue, things don’t get more atmospheric than this!
How do I get to the Sainte-Chapelle?
The chapel is accessible by the metro station Cité (Line 4) or RER station Saint-Michel Notre Dame. 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 chapel?
We invite you to arrive between 30 and 45 minutes before the showtime marked on your ticket. Since the Sainte Chapelle is located within the premises of Paris’ Palace of Justice, concert attendees will need to pass through security checks before accessing the chapel. It is forbidden to bring sharp metal objects (knives, scissors, pliers etc), motorcycle helmets, or glass bottles into the chapel. Security guards cannot guarantee that any confiscated items will be returned to their owners.
Please note that the chapel doors will be closed five minutes before the start of the concert and late arrivals cannot be guaranteed entry.
Where will I be seated?
There are three categories available, each of which provides a comfortable view of the performers. Our VIP category places attendees in the first ten rows of the audience.
How long do the concerts last?
Each concert lasts approximately one hour, without an intermission.
Are these concerts for travellers or French people?
Both! Each year the Sainte Chapelle welcomes a million visitors who come from across the globe. With a programme of composers originating from various countries around the world, these concerts can be enjoyed by speakers of any language.