Cellist climbs Paris rooftops for lockdown performances

Cellist Camille Thomas has continued her programme of playing on rooftops and in museums across Paris, this time with a concert above the Institut de France.

Thomas began the series during the first lockdown with a concert on the roof outside her apartment. Since then she’s performed at Institut du Monde Arabe, Palace of Versailles, Musée Nissim de Camondo and Palais Garnier among others.

The Franco-Beligian cellist – who we previously profiled in IAM as part of our young talents to look out for series back in 2018 – released her latest album Voice of Hope in June on Deutsche Grammophon. A percentage of all sales will go to UNICEF France.

“For two hours, we tried to bring this place to life in a unique way,” said Thomas in an interview with AFP. “People who said that these images made them feel good, it’s the best gift anyone can give me.”

In her latest rooftop concert Thomas gave a rendition of Ravel’s Kaddisch.