Don’t Miss These 10 Concerts at the Flâneries Musicales in Reims



Don’t Miss These 10 Concerts at the Flâneries Musicales in Reims

Every summer, Reims – the capital of Champagne – is transformed into a giant stage for the classical music festival Les Flâneries Musicales de Reims.

This vibrant and much-loved festival hosts 35 concerts over 22 days in 22 venues, and features more than 600 artists from all across France and around the world. Here are 10 reasons why you should visit les Flâneries Musicales – or rather 10 concerts you should book right now! See you in Reims (just 45 minutes from Paris!) from June 12 to July 6. 

1. The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra & Jean-Efflam Bavouzet

June 12, 2024, 8pm – Basilique Saint-Remi 

The opening concert of the festival sees the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, with Jean-Efflam Bavouzet on piano and Andrew Manze conducting, perform Ravel’s Concerto in G major for piano and orchestra and Elgar’s Enigma Variations op.36.  

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Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, © Mark McNulty

2. The King’s Singers 

June 13, 2024, 8pm – Opéra de Reims  

The King’s Singers are the gold standard in a cappella singing and have been for more than five decades, having been formed in 1968 by six choral scholars from King’s College, Cambridge. Here they perform a delightful programme, including songs by Thomas Weelkes, William Byrd and some absolute treats from György Ligeti’s Nonsense Madrigals, as well as Vaughan Williams’ Over hill, over dale & Bushes and briars. 

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The Kings Singers, © Frances Marshall

3. The Modigliani Quartet 

June 14, 2024, 8pm – Église Saint-André 

On two violins, a viola and a cello, the Modigliani Quartet will play Mozart’s String Quartet K156 Milanese, Elgar’s Piacevole (2nd mvt from string quartet op.83), Wolf’s Italian Serenade and Beethoven’s String quartet op.59 n°1 Razoumovsky. Formed in 2003, the Modigliani Quartet is one of the most popular string quartets of our time.  

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Quatuor Modigliani, © Jérome-Bonnet

4. Nikolaï Lugansky 

June 15, 2024, 8pm – Opéra de Reims  

One of the greatest pianists performing today, Lugansky is renowned for his interpretations of Rachmaninov, Prokofiev, Chopin and Debussy. Here, he presents a programme of works by Mendelssohn, Chopin and Wagner. 

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Nikolaï Lugansky, © Nikita Larionov (Philharmonia of Krasnoyarsk)

5. Renaud Capuçon 

June 16, 2024, 4pm – Champagne Louis Roederer 

In an incredible setting, Renaud Capuçon on violin and Guillaume Bellom on piano will perform Fauré’s Sonate op.13 n° 1, Elgar’s Sonata for violin and piano and Strauss’ Sonata for violin and piano op.18. 

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Renaud Capucon, © Simon Fowler

6. Les Percussions de Strasbourg 

June 18, 2024, 8pm – Cirque du Manège de Reims 

Les Percussions de Strasbourg will perform Iannis Xenakis’ Pleiades and Jean-Sebastian Bach’s Trio Sonatas No. 3 BWV 527 and no. 6 BWV 530. Founded in 1962, this ensemble made up of six percussionists is not to be missed. 

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Les Percussions de Strasbourg, © Jesus S. Baptista

7. Benjamin Grosvenor 

June 19, 2024, 8pm – Musée Historique Saint-Remi, Cloître 

Internationally acclaimed British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor presents Brahms’ 3 Intermezzi op.117, Liszt’s Sonata in B minor S.178 Lullaby S.174 and Chopin’s Sonata no.3 in B minor op.58. The concert takes place in the atmospheric cloisters of the former Abbey of Saint-Remi, and you can visit the Musée Saint-Remi free of charge before the concert! 

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Benjamin Grosvenor, © Andrej Grilc

8. Orchestre National de Lille & Matilda Lloyd 

June 26, 2024, 8pm – Basilique Saint-Remi 

The Lille National Orchestra, with Matilda Lloyd on trumpet and James Feddeck conducting, presents Hummel’s Trumpet Concerto and Brahms’ Symphony n° 1. Feddeck, an American conductor whose musicality is recognised throughout the world, is musical director of the Orchestra i Pomeriggi Musicali in Milan. British trumpeter Lloyd has garnered an international reputation and “plays with intense expression and immense warmth” (BBC Music Magazine). 

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Matilda Lloyd, © Benjamin Ealovega

9. Julia Fischer Trio 

July 2, 2024, 8pm – Opéra de Reims 

The trio features German classical violinist Julia Fischer on violin, with Daniel Müller-Schott on cello and Yulianna Avdeeva on piano. Together they will perform Bedřich Smetana’s Trio for piano, violin and cello, Op.15 and Antonìn Dvořàk’s Trio for piano, violin and cello, Op.65. 

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Julia Fischer, © Uwe Arens

10. The Picnic Concert 

July 6, 2024, 7pm – Parc de Champagne 

The grand finale of the Flâneries Musicales de Reims is a joyous affair as crowds gather to picnic in the Parc de Champagne and listen to a concert of music by the likes of the Somme Battlefield Pipe Band and Hop Corner, who will entertain with some Irish classics. Then the Orchestre national de Metz Grand Est and the Nicolas de Grigny Choir will delight the crowds with some favourites such as Holst’s Planets and Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance… there’s even the odd sea shanty and a spot of Lennon & McCartney thrown in for good measure. And of course, it wouldn’t be a finale without rounding it all off with a fireworks extravaganza. 

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Lead photo credit : Concert pique-nique, © jbdelerue

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