*On reposting this article on my French website I've discovered that I never wrote about this event for my English website, so here it is (with my old logo on the images!)...
In recent years, I have had the privilege of photographing several events around the D-Day commemorations. For the 70th anniversary of the D-Day, I photographed the official ceremony in Omaha Beach (Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer) on June 6, where I captured the participation of the American group with their leader who was himself a D-Day veteran.
The second event I was asked to photograph was a choral concert at the 'Eglise de la Madeleine' in Paris. I was commissioned by the company that organised the event, bringing together 470 singers from different American choirs who came to France to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the missing soldiers with a concert in Paris and a second the next morning at the American cemetery in Normandy.
I arrived in Paris a few hours before the concert to visit the church and also to capture images of Paris to offer them as well. I was lucky enough to have access to the church organ (4 floors up a small spiral staircase) and other places where the public does not have access. As with the other concert on D-Day, I found that there were several emotional moments when the beautiful harmonies brought tears to my eyes. Several members of the choir later told me that they saw me stop momentarily, put down my camera and just listen with a smile.
I travelled with the choirs by bus (16 buses, for the 470 members!) very early the next morning to be at the American cemetery for the flag-raising ceremony and second choral concert. It was doubly moving for everyone because we arrived on July 4, America's Independence Day.