Media Release: 80 young French singers go on Scots tour with Ravel’s opera, ‘L’Enfant et les Sortileges’

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EIGHTY young singers from the Opéra National de Paris’ Children’s Choir embark on a summer Scottish tour, with recitals of Maurice Ravel’s opera L’Enfant et les Sortilèges.

Before heading to Stirling, Glasgow and Inverness, they will first stop at St Mary’s Cathedral in Edinburgh on 22 July.

The Children’s Choir of the Paris National Opera Children’s Choir present Maurice Ravel’s masterpiece L’Enfant et les sortilèges in a concert version with piano at St Mary’s Cathedral on 22 July 2013 at 6.30pm.

Their tour will then bring them to Stirling’s Albert Halls on Tuesday 23 July, Glasgow’s St Mary’s Cathedral on Wednesday 24 July and Inverness’ Eden Court on Friday 26 July.

L’enfant et les sortilèges is an operatic fantasia in two parts composed by Maurice Ravel in 1924, in collaboration with the author Colette.

In his bedroom, a child rebels against his mother’s instructions. In a fit of anger, he breaks everything on which he can lay his hands and then surveys the damage. Suddenly, each broken toy, each vandalised piece of furniture and each maimed animal come to life to make it clear to him how selfish his behaviour has been.

With its 470 singers aged seven to 25, the Paris National Opera Children’s Choir is the largest choir of his type in France.

Every season, 80 of them become the ambassadors of French vocal music abroad and go on an international tour with a programme of concerts or opera recitals.

Over the past 15 years, the choir have performed in over 30 countries and in some of the most magnificent venues, including the Ancient theatre of Petra in Jordan and St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.

Just a few weeks before the grown-ups are on stage for the Edinburgh Summer festivals, why not meet the budding singers that could very much be the stars of tomorrow’s editions?

A performance produced by the Institut français d’Ecosse.

For further information, interviews and images please contact: Vanessa Bismuth, Communications & PR Officer, Institut français d’Ecosse – 0131 220 7751 /

Listing info:

St Mary’s Cathedral – Edinburgh

Palmerston Place, Edinburgh

Monday 22 July

6.30 – 8pm

Tickets: £8 (£5)

Box office: or 0131 225 5366

The Albert Halls – Stirling

Dumbarton Road,StirlingFK8 2QL

Tuesday 23 July

7.30 – 9.00pm

Tickets: £5 (free for under 18s)

Box Office: or 01786 473544

St Mary’s Cathedral – Glasgow

300 Great Western Rd, Glasgow G4 9JB‎

Wednesday 24 July

6.30 – 8pm

Tickets: £8 (£5)

Box office: Alliance française of Glasgow – 0141 331 4080.

Eden Court – Inverness

Bishop’s Rd, Inverness IV3 5SA

Friday 26 July

8 – 9.30pm

Tickets: £6 (£4)

Box office: or 01463 234 234

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Notes to editors:

The Institut français d’ecosse is the agency of the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs with responsibility for cultural activity outside France. In Scotland, the agency is represented by the Institut français d’Ecosse (Edinburgh) which promotes French language and culture by providing French courses and organising events (film screenings, talks, exhibitions, concerts, etc.). It also aims to encourage cross-cultural exchange between France and Scotland, in cooperation with Scottish Francophile institutions. Additional information is available on or follow us on Twitter @ifecosse.

The Maîtrise des Hauts-de-Seine is an association that aims at training choral singers. Its Music Director is Gael Darchen. Composed of ten choirs of children, teenagers and young adults, it has been recognised as the ‘Official children’s Choir of the Paris National Opera’ in 1995. For more information about the Maitrise des Hauts-de-Seine, please visit their website:

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