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 tgeer@bluewin.ch 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: http://echecs-nyon.ch/


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: http://www.covaud.ch/index.php/manifestations/concerts/152-3fevrier2013-quatuor-symphonique

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: http://www.covaud.ch/index.php/manifestations/concerts/152-3fevrier2013-quatuor-symphonique


Courtesy- focale.ch

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. www.focale.ch


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!





“Living along Lac Léman” book is now for sale! – The perfect gift for everyone.

Tuesday evening in Nyon saw the official launch of  the book “Living along Lac Léman”. Thankyou so much to all those who came to the Villa Thomas at the COV for the vernissage/launch.

Photos above. Happy book fans!

The venue in the stunning lake side setting made it the perfect place to launch the book. It also gave readers of this site,  La Côte newspaper, and other members of the public a chance to mingle and enjoy a glass of local Swiss wine, along with tasting some British cheeese from the British Cheese Centre of Switzerland. 

Photo above: the Villa Thomas along the lake side. Note – there will be a jazz concert at the Villa Thomas on Friday 7th Oct see COV for here for full details

There were also representatives at the event from the various local festivals (Paléo, Caribana, Visions du Réel etc),  from Nyon town council and Nyon tourism giving those there the opportunity to find out more about the three festivals and local issues.

Photo above – Checking out the book at the vernissage

About the book –  The perfect company gift, birthday or Christmas present.

Packed with columns articles and photos the book is is a light hearted look at life along the shores of lake Geneva and contains a selection of columns which have been published for the last two years in English every Friday in La Côte newspaper.  This weekly column is a conversation is about the people, places and events in Vaud as seen through the eyes of a British expatriate.

Photo above: left C. Nelson-Pollard author of “Living along Lac Léman”, right Contessa Pinon – editor of La Côte newspaper

With observations on unusual Swiss customs and on the peculiarities to be found in both the French and English languages, it also comments on other subjects such as the jargon that estate agents use when advertising houses for sale, the difficulties of making a fondue, or trying to say a telephone number in French.

Image above – article from book called  “Figuring it out”

With other articles on local festivals, the Désalpe and more, and packed with photos that capture the colour and essence of the Léman region, the book makes a perfect gift for someone who has just moved to the area. It  will also delight those who have lived here for a while, whether expat of Swiss, in recognising  the slightly side quirky side of Swiss life whilst acknowledging the beauty of the Léman area.

Image below – Article from book called “A saisir!” (on estate agents’ jargon)

At just 29 CHF, the book is available to order through this site, just click on “Living in Nyon” book on the top side bar to order.  Free delivery in the Nyon, Coppet, Rolle and Prangins area.  

From  Tuesday 11th October, the book will also be for sale at Nyon tourist office  Opening hours  Monday-Friday 08:30 -12:30/ 13:30 -17:30

Special book signing – The author will be signing copies of the book at Nyon tourist office on Friday November 4th from 16:00- 18:00.  An ideal opportunity to pick up a copy and find out about events and winter activities happening in the Nyon and St Cergue region.

Photo above and below – Selling the books left to right. Anna Hiller Bedlington, Suzy Nelson-Pollard, Nicola Bedlington.

All photos of the vernissage –  Catherine Lewis photography see site here

Events coming up plus Living in Nyon book launch!

Listed below are a few musical, sports and other events coming up in the area, plus news of a Living in Nyon book launch on the 4th October!  

Music –  On Saturday 24th September Canadian singer/ songwriter Ian Kelly will be playing at the Parenthèse in the centre of Nyon. His second album “Speak your Mind” sold over 40,000 copies and he is currently on an European tour. This is his only concert in Switzerland.  See his website here and details of his concert here

Jam Sessions at the Plug and Play Studios – Friday nights – From the 23rd September the Plug and Play studios in Route de Champ-Colin 10 in Nyon will be holding jam sessions on Friday nights and members of the public are invited to bring their instruments to jam with an existing studio band. This is the first time this venue is opening its doors for such an event.   See Facebook page for more details.

Jazz Concert –  Note for your diary. There will be a Jazz concert at the Salle Mingus on October 7th at 20:30 at the COV (Les Concerts du Conservatoire)  with the Michel Tirabosco Trio. The programme includes   Tango pour Claude -Richard Galiano, Suite Buenos Aires – Diego Pujjol, Suite Espagnole  – Joaquin Nin,  Aria Bourré-Badinerie – Jean Sébastian Bach and more. See COV for more details. Read more about the Michel Tirabosco Trio here

Male “trailing spouse ” Beer Night.  The next  event for male trailing spouses will be held at the Brasseurs pub in Nyon on the 27th September at 20:00. See here for details of previous beer nights. 

Rugby Match this Sunday 25th September – The Rugby World Cup is in full swing right now and if you are a fan of the game, then why not go down to the Colovray sports ground in Nyon this Sunday to see  R.C Nyon 11 Vs play  R,C Tcino  at 15:00. See Nyon rugby club site here

LIVING IN NYON  BOOK LAUNCH – TUESDAY 4th OCTOBER!  – Regular readers of this site will know that since February 2009 La Côte newspaper (the local newspaper of this region), has carried a Living in Nyon column in its Friday pages. This column is written in English and is a light hearted look at living in the region.  A selection of these columns, together with photos and other articles has been complied into a book called   “Living along Lac Léman”.

 This book will be launched on Tuesday 4th October at the Villa Thomas in Nyon at 19:00 and readers are invited to attend the launch, where there will be an opportunity to purchase the book.  More details to follow about the book itself and the retail outlets that will stock it  here on this site soon. If you would like to attend the launch, please email cnp at bluewin.ch to register your attendance ( please note – space is limited in the venue).