La Symphonie de PochePROJETS ORIGINAUX
La Symphonie de Poche Ensemble
La Symphonie de Poche (Pocket Symphony) was founded in 2013 by Nicolas Simon. He and Lucas Henri, the ensemble's arranger from the outset, decided on the final choice of instruments in 2015 around the accordion, which is the ensemble's cornerstone: a string quintet, flute, clarinet, bass clarinet and baritone saxhorn are flanked by the resonance of a harp and a marimba.
The ensemble's bold spirit and original colours led them into many and varied projects : Eh bien, dansez maintenant... with violiniste Deborah Nemtanu ; Le parti d'en rire and Boris Vian, écumeur de nuit with actor-singer Arnaud Marzorati ; Bourvil 100 ans with actor-singer Emmanuel Pleintel ; Le Ring de Poche with director Édouard Signolet and illustrator Cécile Pruvot ; Songs with mezzo Adèle Charvet ; Beethoven si tu nous entends..., a symphonic tribute written by Robin Melchior, one of La Symphonie de Poche's principal composer-arrangers, who became its artistic advisor in 2022.
The quality and relevance of these programmes have earned La Symphonie de Poche a place in France's musical landscape, with performances at the Philharmonie de Paris, the Cité de la Musique et de la Danse in Soissons, The Limoges Opera, Lille's Nouveau Siècle hall, the Théâtre de Sartrouville, Le Havre's Théâtre de l'Hôtel de Ville, the Royal Conservatory of Brussels Concert Hall, the Bal Blomet in Paris, the Théâtre Impérial de Compiègne, the Bateau-Feu in Dunkerque, and the Théâtre de Cornouaille National Theatre in Quimper, amongst others.
La Symphonie de Poche has been invited to many festivals, including the Folle Journée de Nantes, the Promenades musicales en Pays d'Auge, the Flâneries musicales de Reims, the Métis de Saint-Denis, the Musicales de Normandie, the Sully-sur-Loire and Artois Festivals, the Brussels Midi-Minimes, the Semaine Musicale de Quimper and Classique au Large in Saint-Malo.
La Symphonie de Poche's first CD, Eh bien, dansez maintenant..., came out in October 2017 to high praise from the critics (Le Monde, and a ffff from Télérama, for example). Their second CD, of the Beethoven si tu nous entends... programme, came out in December 2020 under the Klarthe label and was received with equal enthusiasm.
La Symphonie de Poche creates and develops its own musical outreach tools, adapting them to the needs of its different audiences, with the emphasis on participation and enjoyment. In addition to open rehearsals and shows adapted for young audiences (the Pocket Quiz), they have devised an innovative teaching project called the PVC Symphony. This project is aimed at secondary schools and allows pupils to experience high-quality instruments and orchestral playing for themselves as they create and discover the sonority of their very own PVC flutes, clarinets or tubas.
La Symphonie de Poche receives support from its principal sponsor, the Caisse des Dépôts.