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Classical music

Classical music: a 30-year partnership

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.

Societe Generale partners with 23 orchestras and ensembles, giving more than 1,000 concerts and performances every year. Iconic venues also benefit from Societe Generale’s support. These include the Philharmonie de Paris, the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord among others in France, as well as the National Theatre of Prague in the Czech Republic. In the UK, Societe Generale is also a corporate member of the Royal Albert Hall and of the Glyndebourne Opera festival.

By helping leading music schools, lending instruments, and awarding scholarships students to help with their professional development, Societe Generale also supports the talents of today who are set to become the major artists of tomorrow.

In a year when it is celebrating 30 years’ support of classical music, Societe Generale is also proud to be building on its long-term partnership with the Victoria and Albert Museum as lead sponsor of its major exhibition: ‘Opera: Passion, Power and Politics’, in collaboration with the Royal Opera House, opening on 30 September.

We have also pioneered the hugely successful ‘Playing for...’ concerts, which see Societe Generale staff perform alongside professional musicians from Les Siecles symphony orchestra. Following three performances in Paris since their launch in 2012, the series took its first steps outside of France in 2017 with the Playing for London concert spectacular at the Royal Festival Hall in London.