L’Ensemble Médical: Music, Science, and Charity



L’Ensemble Médical in concert. (photo: Uli Benz)

At one point during the last decade, I entertained the notion of moving to San Francisco, California, where I would, among many things, form a baroque orchestra specifically for doctors.

I imagined it would bring together some of the most intelligent and disciplined people from the medical profession in an area where historical performance was appreciated and supported.

It turns out that my idea, while somewhat original in a period-instrument guise, is not wholly new. Doctor’s orchestras have been around for a long time and continue to form.

L’Ensemble Médical, a German chorus and orchestra based in Munich, was founded by conductor Gundi Gabrielle along similar lines, yet with a more sophisticated purpose than to just make music.

Made up of medical students, professors, and doctors, the nearly 200-strong ensemble presents concerts primarily as fundraisers for Doctors Without Borders.

Here’s L’Ensemble Médical performing the opening chorus, Jauchzet, frohlocket, from Johann Sebastian Bach‘s “Christmas Oratorio,” BWV 248.


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Read more:

  • L’Ensemble Médical Website
  • On Music and Medicine: A Performance by L’Ensemble Médical (New York Times)


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