On 10 March 2022, Collegium 1704 & Collegium Vocale 1704 together with Ensemble Pygmalion performed in a concert that took place as part of EU leaders’ summit in Versailles.
The concert, conducted by Václav Luks and Raphaël Pichon, opened with And the Glory of the Lord from Handel’s Messiah, followed by Zelenka’s Sepulto Domino, an instrumental passage from Rameau’s Les Boréades, and Dona nobis pacem from Bach’s B Minor Mass. Ukrainian language was also heard at the concert – the audience, consisting of the participants of the summit and media representatives, listened to the composition Prayer by the late Ukrainian composer Hanna Havrylets. The Ukrainian national anthem brought the concert to a close.
The main issue of the summit was the dramatic situation in Ukraine. The summit was organized by the French president Emmanuel Macron as the head of the country presiding recently the EU Council.