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May 20, 2021

Radio-Canada presents: Benefit Gala with Philippe Sly

Les Violons du Roy pays tribute to healthcare workers

Quebec City, May 20, 2021 – The Les Violons du Roy Benefit Gala, presented by Radio-Canada and under the direction of Bernard Labadie, will welcome one of Canada’s leading singers on the international scene, bass-baritone Philippe Sly. He will join the orchestra to perform some of the most beautiful arias by Bach and Handel. This spectacular event will also feature flutist Ariane Brisson in J.S. Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B Minor (BWV 1067) and trumpet player Benjamin Raymond in an excerpt of J.S. Bach’s Cantata Es reißet euch ein schrecklich Ende (BWV 90). The Web rebroadcast of the Benefit Gala with Philippe Sly will be available for viewing from 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 10, to 11 p.m. on Sunday, June 20.

Every year, the Benefit Gala is the biggest fundraising event of the season for Les Violons du Roy and La Chapelle de Québec. And this year’s edition will be very special: The gala will be broadcast online for free in honor of our healthcare workers. We are delighted to pay tribute to their outstanding commitment to the fight against COVID-19 by giving some 140 healthcare workers from CHU de Québec free tickets to attend the Benefit Gala in person at Palais Montcalm – Maison de la musique’s Raoul-Jobin Hall on Thursday, June 3, 2021, at 7 p.m.

Les Violons du Roy will also be offering all CHU de Québec and Institut universitaire de cardiologie et de pneumologie de Québec (IUCPQ) staff free access to the Benefit Gala Web rebroadcast.

An online auction will be held in conjunction with the gala, and the public will be invited to participate from June 3 to 20, 2021. Full details will be posted online at

Proceeds from the Benefit Gala and online auction will allow Les Violons du Roy and La Chapelle de Québec to pursue their mission of presenting audiences with outstanding musical experiences, building on their international reputation, and giving back to the community.

Bernard Labadie, conductor
Philippe Sly, bass-baritone
Ariane Brisson, flute
Benjamin Raymond, trumpet


  • Chaconne in E Minor (arr. B. Labadie)


  • Praise Ye The Lord (Solomon, HWV 67)
  • Sorge infausta una procella (Orlando, HWV 31) 
  • Concerto Grosso in D Minor, Op. 6 No. 10, HWV 328


  • Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B Minor, BWV 1067
  • Am Abend da es kühle war… Mache dich, mein Herze, rein (St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244
  • So löschet im Eifer (Cantata Es reißet euch ein schrecklich Ende BWV 90)

Tickets for the Web rebroadcast of the Benefit Gala with Philippe Sly will be available for purchase starting at noon on Thursday, May 20, by phone from the Palais Montcalm – Maison de la musique box office at 418-641-6040 (toll-free: 1-877-641-6040) or online at

The Benefit Gala with Philippe Sly was made possible thanks to the generous support of our partners:

  • Radio-Canada
  • EY
  • BCF Avocats d’affaires
  • Boralex

Les Violons du Roy’s season in Quebec City is presented by Hydro-Québec. 

Les Violons du Roy would like to thank the government of Québec, the Canada Council for the Arts, Ville de Québec, and the government of Canada for their support.

Information and interviews:

Rachel Baillargeon
Communications and Marketing Manager
Les Violons du Roy and La Chapelle de Québec
Tel.: 418-998-5329