Notre Dame will celebrate Christmas with a hired organ

Notre Dame will celebrate Christmas with a hired organ


norman lebrecht

December 01, 2020

Work progresses on restoring the fire-damaged Paris Cathedral.

The latest information is that Christmas will not be cancelled.

The choir will sing on Christmas Eve – 20 singers, safely distanced – and an organ will be rented from a donor bank.

The conductor will be Henri Chalet, with soloists soprano Julie Fuchs and cellist Gautier Capuçon





  • pianoguy says:

    a hired organ is better than no organ

  • BWV says:

    Don’t forget to mention that the singers will be the students from the Maitrise de Notre-Dame.

  • Patricia says:

    And plenty of fire-extinguishers. The organ is what we call a ‘portatif.” They travel well.

    • Greg Bottini says:

      And good portative organs sound well, too, Patricia!
      Bravo to everyone involved.
      And bravo to the safe social distancing.
      Vive Notre Dame!

  • Petros Linardos says:

    Is the concert is safer due to better ventilation as a result of the fire damage? I am not sarcastic, only observing a sliver lining between two tragedies.

  • Lisa says:

    …organ from a donor bank:
    Will it be a lung???

  • David says:

    And the person who will play the organ is ?

  • Barry Guerrero says:

    That’s interesting. I thought they couldn’t allow anybody in there yet. I thought there were plenty of questions about the stability of the vaulted ceilings (?). Anyway, I suppose this is good news.