With choir in helmets, Notre Dame rings destroyed by fire at Christmas

In a concession to the fact that the Gothic cathedral is still being rebuilt, choristers wore construction helmets and overalls, and there was no hearing.

The show was recorded at the cathedral earlier this month and was broadcast on French television shortly before midnight on Thursday.

The choristers performed classic pieces by the composers Mozart and Schubert, but also a more cheerful repertoire, including “Jingle Bells”.

“It was very moving,” said cellist Gautier Capucon, describing the experience of recording the concert. Together with an organist, he accompanied the choir.

Cellist Gautier Capucon and the choir of Notre Dame record a Christmas concert on December 19.

“It was the first time that we have all been back to Notre Dame since the fire, so it was a moment full of emotion,” he said in an interview with the Franceinfo television station.

The cathedral, a landmark of 13th-century Gothic architecture and a major tourist attraction, caught fire on April 15, 2019. The fire destroyed the tower and the roof.

French President Emmanuel Macron has pledged to restore the cathedral in five years.

But so far, most of the work on the site has focused on making the building safe, including cleaning toxic lead from the roof and the tower that melted in the fire.

Meanwhile, Notre Dame is closed to the public and masses are canceled.