Music has once again echoes through the halls of Notre Dame.
For the first time since the iconic Paris cathedral was ravaged by a fire in 2019, a choir performed a Christmas Eve concert in the building, reviving the annual French tradition.
Decked out in work gear and wearing hard hats, the choir sang a mix of classical music and more modern holiday songs like “Jingle Bells”, CNN reported.
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Recorded earlier this month without an in-person audience, the concert was broadcast Thursday night on French television.
Wearing hard hats and protective suits, the choir of Notre Dame Cathedral sang inside the Paris landmark for the first time since last year’s devastating fire for a special Christmas Eve concert. https://t.co/fuhATtcJwO pic.twitter.com/SWqmh2T4kc
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“It was very moving,” said cellist Gautier Capucon, who accompanied the choir. “It was the first time we had all been back at Notre Dame cathedral since the fire, so it was a moment full of emotion.”
On April 15, 2019, the roof of the cathedral caught fire, destroying the roof and spire of the 13th century Gothic landmark.
The building has remained closed to the public ever since, as crews work to make it safe for repair and restoration.