12 free tickets to family Opera in Nyon, Aubonne and Morges

On the 9th, 10th and 12th May, over 120 students of COV (the Conservatoire of West Vaud) will perform “Marco Polo and the Princess of China”. This is a family friendly opera, at just one hour and quarter long, it’s a great introduction for all ages to the world of opera, live orchestral music, fabulous costumes and scenery.

Living in Nyon recently spoke to Anastase Démétriadès, the director of the school who said; “This is a massive opportunity for all the students to get together and perform. The youngest member is 6 years old, there are adult students too, three choirs involved, 45 in the orchestra alone, it’s a big event! It is also a good opportunity to see the work of this prestigious music school”.

Photo below – The COV orchestra in rehearsal

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Living in Nyon has 12 free tickets on offer for this event.

2 pairs for the performance in Morges on Saturday 9th May,

2 pairs for the performance in Nyon on Sunday 10th May,

and 2 pairs for the performance in Aubonne on Tuesday 12th May.

To be in with a chance with winning, email info@livinginnyon.com by Sunday 3rd May, title the email “Marco Polo” and state which venue you would like tickets for ( Nyon, Morges or Aubonne)

For more details of the concert and and to purchase tickets see here (click on the word “representations” to buy tickets online)

From Raising Multilingual Children to Conversations in Literature

Raising Multilingual Children – 22nd and 24 March

Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa, author of “Raising Multilingual Children” will be giving two workshops in Lausanne on Sunday 22nd March and in Geneva on Tuesday 24th March. Living in Nyon can highly recommend these very useful and informative events.  They are an ideal opportunity to ask Tracey questions and to find out how children learn languages.  For full details and to sign up to these workshops, see Know it All Passport.

Raising Multilingual Children

Conversation in Literature –  8 March

Etgar Keret, a leading Israeli writer and film-maker, will be in conversation with Lisbeth Koutchoumoff, journalist at Le Temps, at the Jan Michalski Foundation in Montricher on Sunday 8th March at 15:00 followed by the screening of his film Jellyfish.

Born in Tel Aviv in 1967, Etgar Keret is one of the leading voices in Israeli literature and cinema. He is the author of five bestselling collections, which have been translated into thirty-five languages. He has also written a number of award-winning screenplays, and Jellyfish, the first film that he directed – along with his wife Shira Geffen – won the Camera d’Or prize for best first feature at Cannes in 2007. In 2010 he was awarded the Chevalier medallion of France’s Order of Arts and Letters. See site here


Friday 13th February – Quintet Indigo will perform at the Conservatoire of Nyon  To reserve a seat, see COV site here






Latin music tonight and “Free Running” in Nyon


Despite it being wet and miserable today, there will be a tropical feel to Nyon tonight (16th January) as “Nolosé” a salsa/ latin  band will be playing at the Usine a Gaz and bringing the sounds of Cuba and Puerto Rico to the town. Free entry  – doors open at 2100. See here    See their video below.


If you prefer your live music to be less energetic (and to sit down to listen to it!) there will be ballad/ guitar music at the 1306 club in the old town of Nyon. See here

If you prefer your music in the style of 80’s electronic/ pop, then check out British artist C.A.R. playing at the Parenthese tonight See here

For those who like classical music, there will be a Sunday afternoon piano recital at the Conservatoire next weekend (25th  January) See here 

Finally, take a look at this video of the Flow Movement Crew, “Free Running” around Nyon.  Living in Nyon will be interviewing these guys at some stage in the future, they obviously don’t let the dark winter days stop them from getting out and about!  You will see some familiar local sights in the video.

Jazz and Indie Pop in Nyon – Friday 5th Dec, Christmas Market and Mozart concert on Sunday 7th


Jazz Concert at the Conservatoire – Friday 5th December

The Conservatoire of Nyon will hold their last concert of the 2014 season on Friday 5th December at 20:30 with the Cajón Jazz Trio.

The concert will be held at the Villa Thomas along Nyon’s lake side.This is a small, intimate concert venue so it’s recommended to reserve tickets in advance, either by telephoning 022 994 2360 between the hours of 14:00 and 17:00 emailing info.nyon@cov-vd.ch, or on the night itself from 19:30.  Pre-reserved tickets not collected 15 minutes  before the performance will be put back on sale.

Last COV - Concert 2014

Video Below – Cajón Jazz Trio

Also on Friday at the Usine a Gaz, local band The Kreeks (indie pop) will be playing at at 21:30. Free entry!

Sunday 7th December

It’s the Christmas market in Nyon on Sunday 7th December from 08:30 to 18:30 Lots of stalls selling Christmas products, Father Christmas too for the children, food and drink! See website here – note the website for the Rive area, does not seem up to date as last year’s poster is still being shown for this event!  There are clearer details on the Nyon tourist site

Christmas Market Coppet

Note – there will also be a Christmas market in the château of Coppet beginning Wednesday 3rd until the 7th December. For full details and opening hours see website here Christmas cookie workshops for children on Wednesday 3rd from 14:00 -16:30, Saturday 6th from 15:00 – 17:00  and Sunday  7th from 13:00 – 15:15. Other workshops too!  See website here

Did you know that Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart passed though Swiss Romandie in 1766?


On Sunday 7th at the Château of Nyon from 16:00-17:15, there will be a Mozart recital given by Michel Kiener in the castle followed by an apéritif.

Tickets CHF 25  – free entry for under 18 email info@chateaudenyon.ch to reserve or call  022 363 8351. More details here






Nyon Orchestra looking for new members – Expats included! Hear them play on 25 May

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Photo above – the Orchestre da Capo

On Saturday 25th May in Nyon, the Orchestre da Capo will play alongside four graduating students from the COV (Conservatoire de L’Ouest Vaudois) at the Temple de Nyon (in the centre of Nyon) at 18:30. The four soloists – Helena Ricci on harp, Béatrice North, Luca Gendre and Florian Widmer on piano will be performing a variety of music including Handel, Mozart and Chopin. To reserve tickets for this event (Adults CHF 20, Students/A.V.S  CHF 15)  Children/ Members COV  CHF 10  Call 021 -802 4393/ 022 – 994 23 60 or click here.

Da capo poster

New members wanted for the Da Capo Orchestra!  – Get to know new people

The Orchestra de Capo  is an accomplished amateur chamber orchestra that that has been performing in and around the Nyon area for many years under the direction of Ahmed Hamdy (in photo below) and it is looking for new members (in particular violinists and violists).

Ahmed Hamdy

If you play a musical instrument and are interested  in playing with a friendly group of musicians, then the above concert is an ideal way of hearing them play and it’s also an opportunity to have a chat to members to find out more about the orchestra.

Orchestra in rehearsal

English spoken!

If you are en expat who hasn’t yet mastered French,  then do not worry, director of Da Capo, Ahmed Hamdy is multilingual and so are many other members of the orchestra including Timothy Geer (in photo below). Timothy works for WWF (the Worldwide Fund for Nature) in Gland, he is originally from the U.S.A. and has been playing double bass with the orchestra for over seven years. He says it is a great way to get to know new people from the area, it can help in the integration process, and provides for a good social life outside work.   Those who have heavy travel schedules can still apply, Timothy himself  travels a lot for work  purposes but manages to squeeze in rehearsals when he can! Timothy will be happy to chat to anyone who would like to know more about the orchestra. Email tgeer@bluewin.ch call 079 229 0821 or call Jacqueline Mayor 078 647 2843

Timothy Geer