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, 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 to reserve or call  022 363 8351. More details here






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

Orchestra close up cropped

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 call 079 229 0821 or call Jacqueline Mayor 078 647 2843

Timothy Geer


Open House at the Conservatoire of Nyon – Saturday


It’s “Open House” at the Conservatoire of Nyon on the 16th March from 10:00 to 12:30.  Its a good opportunity to discover the courses that this prestigious music academy runs during the year for both children and adults. The Conservatoire is set right along Nyon’s lake side. There are also courses run in Morges (open day on Sat 23rd March). See COV site.

What’s On In Nyon- Chess Tournament And Classical Music

Chess Tournament In Signy on 1st – 2nd Of February

The Cercle d’Echec de Nyon is holding a chess tournament at the Signy Shopping Center this Friday and Saturday. The inscription fee is 10.- for the Blitz (rounds of 5 minutes per player) on Friday at 6pm, and 15.- for the tournament on Saturday (10am- 5pm)

You can get more info and sign up for the tournament directly at Signy, or on this website:


Classical Music At The Conservatoire On Sunday 3rd February

A quartet of singers will take you on a musical journey from the Renaissance to nowadays…a capella! The concert is at 5 pm at the Villa Thomas on the lakeside in Nyon. For more info and to book places for the concert, go to this website:

Quatuor Sine Nomine At The Colombière On Sunday 10th February

The famous string quartet from Lausanne who celebrated their 30th anniversary last year will be playing Mozart and Brahms, with Romain Guyot on the clarinet, at 11:15 am in the Salle de la Colombière in Nyon. Tickets are on sale on the Migros Service Culturel website:



Chains of Silence”- Simona Bonnano At The Focale Photo Gallery

“In memory of all the women, young girls and children victims of silenc. Each photography tells the story of a women, a girl, a people.” (S.B)

For the past few years, Simona Bonnano has practiced an art of photography devoid of human subjects. The dolls she photographs are the silent witnesses of all the violence, be it sexual, religious or cultural, that women suffer every day. “Chains of Silence” won the Julia Margaret Cameron Award 2010 and has been exhibited in Argentina, Israel and Turkey.

The exhibition is open until the 10th March at the Galerie Focale on the Place du Chateau, Wednesday to Sunday, 2 pm to 6 pm.


Fondue Evening For Newly Arrived Expats!

Newly arrive expatriates can come and enjoy a traditional Swiss dish- and learn how to make it- while learning more about local customs and other handy information. The event is organised by Nyon Region Tourisme, on Tuesday 26th February. More information soon!