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Dixieland on West Parliament Square

Friday 23 August 15:15-16:00


Thanks to the close relationship that the Institut français d’Ecosse and the Consulate General of France have been able to develop with the Musique de l’Artillerie, we will be hosting a series of special events in August.

Dixieland Ensemble
In contrast to their traditional military formations, the Musique de l’Artillerie will fill West Parliament Square with the brassy hot rhythms of traditional New Orleans jazz. The group’s Dixieland Ensemble harks back to the genre’s origins and early 20th-century marching bands with the sounds of King Oliver, Louis Armstrong, and John Philip Sousa.

About the Musique de l’Artillerie
The Musique de l’Artillerie is the keeper of a long and storied military musique tradition that dates as far back as 1757, when the Duc de Zweibrücken hired civilian musicians to join the ranks of the regiment that was derived from his name, the Royal Deux Ponts. Known by many names during its 260-year history, it took up its current name of Musique de l’Artillerie in 2016. Though based in Lyon, the group plays a key role in the French Army’s public relations strategy and travels the world for official ceremonies and international festivals. Its repertoire is broad and in addition to playing in large formations, the group also plays as a Dixieland ensemble or in chamber settings as a brass quintet, woodwind quintet, or saxophone quartet. It is with this treasured history in mind that the Institut français d’Ecosse and the Consulate General of France are so proud to have facilitated conversations between The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo and the Musique de l’Artillerie.

About the Tattoo
The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is a spectacular like no other, all set against the iconic backdrop of Edinburgh Castle. A celebration of Scottish and military traditions perfectly accompanied by folkloric acts from across the world. Famous for its Massed Pipes and Drums and highland dance, the Tattoo is a show not to be missed.

Event Details

La Musique de l’Artillerie: Dixieland on West Parliament Square
Friday, 23 August 2019 at 3:15pm
Duration: 45 minutes (approx)
FREE, no reservations needed

Institut français d’Ecosse (Venue 168)
West Parliament Square
Edinburgh EH1 1RF

Access Details
The Institut français d’Ecosse and West Parliament are accessible with step-free access

IFE Membership and Discount Rates
The Institut programmes many members-only events and offers discounted member rates at other events. Find out more about becoming a member of the Institut français d’Ecosse.

Photo credit: David Bain @GSBdDLyon

Institut Français Écosse 2019