The Sound of Summer: Concerts d’été en Vieille Ville
During the summer, Geneva’s old town is proudly welcoming guests for a series of live musical performances. Concerts begin on 27th June and will run throughout the summer until mid-August. Last Summer, I decided to head down to the old town this lunchtime to find out more…
At 12:30 each day (accept Sundays!) the Lutheran Church at Place du Bourg-de-Four hosts a concert of jazz or classical collections. Entrance is free, however a collection box invites donations at the end. I arrived at 12:20 and was greeted, presented with the summer program and guided to the seats. The church is very minimal in style, allowing both religious and non-religious visitors to feel relaxed. When entering, you have the choice to either take the stairs to the mezzanine seating area, or join the crowd on the ground floor- I opted for the ground floor.
The concert began at 12:30 with one of the organizers explaining the cause. Each of the musicians perform on a voluntary basis, however all donations collected at the end are in support of the Waldorf School, located in the lower part of Roșia, Romania. In this poor environment, school represents not only a place for learning but also an opportunity for culture. The Waldorf School, however, is unable to offer regular music tuition for its students, so the money collected from the concerts will go towards laying the foundations for lasting music learning- a great cause!
After the short speech, the performance began. I was expecting an enchanting performance, but when the quintet began, they simply took my breath away! They performed several pieces of Brahms, with each being just as beautiful as the last. The quintet surprisingly had no conductor, which in fact, made the performance all about the sound, rather than the show.
I really enjoyed the concert and found that it was a lovely way to start the afternoon- charitable and relaxing! Highly recommended!
Place du Bourg-de-four
12h30 – 13h30 Monday to Saturday
By Caroline Walker