300 amateur musicians and singers from Societe Generale staff have been brought together to perform with Les Siècles symphony orchestra, conducted by François-Xavier Roth, as part of the Group’s series of concerts.
For the 4th edition, the amateur musicians performed at the Royal Festival Hall, one of London's leading classical music venues, on Saturday 22 April. The show was streamed live on Twitter and a special web page for the concert on this site.
Following the success of previous concerts "Playing for Salle Pleyel" in 2013 and 2014, and the "Playing for Philharmonie" in 2016, this was the first time the ensemble performed outside France.
Playing for London
Saturday 22 April, 300 Societe Generale employees from Morocco, the UK and France performed a unique show at the Royal Festival Hall in London.
It all started in June 2012 for the French Day of Music. For the occasion, the ensemble Les Siècles, supported by Societe Generale since 2007, gave a concert at Societe Generale headquarters. The show was such a success that it led to a unique initiative in the corporate world : 300 amateur musicians and singers brought together during a philharmonic show alongside professional musicians.
The professional ensemble Les Siècles is part of this ambitious project from the beginning in 2013. They supervise rehearsals and play alongside Societe Generale amateur musicians and singers during the show. The ensemble is conducted by François-Xavier Roth, founder of Les Siècles and Principal Guest Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra.
Following the success of the previous editions, « Playing for salle Pleyel » (2013 et 2014) et de « Playing for Philharmonie de Paris » Playing for Philharmonie de Paris » (2016), Societe Generale chose to export the adventure abroad. For this unique edition, staff was selected in three different countries (France, the UK and Morocco).
To go further
Societe Generale’s support for classical music dates back to 1987, with the creation of a dedicated charity. It has gradually established itself as a key player in the musical world, contributing to expanding the reach of classical music beyond its traditional audience.