This summer, Switzerland’s hills are well and truly alive with the sound of music. Famous for its copious music festivals – many of which draw a discerning international audience – Switzerland offers spectacularly picturesque surroundings in which to soak up some great music. A stay at Geneva’s sumptuous Hotel d’Angleterre makes the perfect base from which to visit a music festival this summer.
Starring some of the world’s best chamber musicians, Les Atheneennes presents an array of internationally acclaimed artists. From piano concertos to string quartets, you can expect chamber music of all shades across two of Geneva’s most beautiful venues – Alhambra and Temple du Madeleine. Highlights include the Modigliani Quartet, The Amazing Keystone Big Band (pictured) and the Lemanic Modern Ensemble.
1st June – 9th June 2017
Located on the banks of the picturesque Lake Geneva, this two-week long celebration of all things bebop, blues and boogie is the world’s second largest jazz festival. Aside from a stellar programme of leading jazz musicians like Herbie Hancock and George Benson, the Montreaux Jazz Festival will be showcasing some of the biggest international names across all genres and eras. This year Bryan Ferry, Grace Jones and Tom Jones will all be taking to one of the festival’s six stages.
30th June – 15th July 2017
For six days in July each year the small town of Nyon, just north of Geneva, turns into a micro-city of 280,00 music lovers. What began as a humble folk festival in 1976 has certainly come a long way. A unique global village with a carnival atmosphere, Paleo is run entirely on the collective spirit and generosity of volunteers. This year expect to rock out to the sounds of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jamiroquai and Arcade Fire, not to mention sample delicious international street food.
18th July – 23rd July 2017
Just two hours from Geneva, Verbier Festival unites the world’s premier classical musicians and opera stars in the striking Swiss Alps. A two-week classical extravaganza, Verbier Festival will play host to violin virtuosos like Joshua Bell and Renaud Capucon (pictured) as well as operatic performances of Elektra and Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. Jazz aficionados will love the Fest’Off venue, whose programme is entirely dedicated to the smooth sounds of jazz.
21st July – 6th August 2017
Mixing the coolest up-and-coming and established indie and electronic acts, Zurich Open Air is one for those who like to keep their finger on the pulse. This year the four-day festival is headlined by world-conquering folk-rockers Mumford & Sons, party-starters Major Lazer, The xx and The Prodigy.
23rd August – 26th August 2017
After experiencing the delights of Switzerland’s music festivals, unwind in the serenity of one of Hotel d’Angleterre’s beautiful suites.
Image Credits: Main image and Montreaux Jazz Festival © 2016 FFJM – Emilien Itim. Zurich Open Air © A Fretz. Verbier Festival © Aline Paley. Les Atheneennes © Les Atheneennes. Paléo © Pierre Descombes.
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