Amateurs and pros in unison for an exceptional recital

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Amateurs and pros in unison for an exceptional recital


The OSR will integrate non-professionals for a concert at Victoria Hall upon application. A Swiss first for the pleasure of “democratizing” classical music.


The Orchester de la Suisse romande (OSR) rehearsing at Victoria Hall in Geneva.


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The Orchester de la Suisse romande (OSR) rehearsing at Victoria Hall in Geneva.


“Playing once with pros of an incredible level is a unique opportunity for an amateur musician like me! It’s entering another sphere, it’s so beautiful! ” Inspector of customs, Daniela is also a bassoonist and dreams of meeting next June on the stage of Victoria Hall. Locomotive driver, schoolgirl or cook: 75 amateur musicians selected on file will indeed form a symphonic ensemble, for a unique and free concert alongside 25 professionals from the Orchester de la Suisse romande (OSR).

Thanks to this unprecedented project in Switzerland, the OSR wishes “to fight against the elitist reputation which still sticks to the basques of classical music”, says its press officer, Helena Misita. The institution also wants to be more accessible to everyone. “Music brings people together, the goal is to have fun together.”

Efforts and quality

Conditions for applicants? Be over 9 years old and have been practicing music for at least three years, in order to guarantee “sufficient knowledge of music theory and its instrument,” summarizes the director general of the OSR. In addition, certain partitions of the works will be adapted to the level of each person if necessary ”. Enthusiastic, Steve Roger is not afraid of a cheap interpretation with a musical ensemble less professional than usual. “The level will obviously not be that of the everyday OSR, fortunately! But there are some very good amateurs, they will be coached and we will have many repetitions. I had such an experience a few years ago in Paris: it had worked very well. ”

And the boss of the OSR to insist: the experience offered will be as important as the musical quality of the performances. “We must register in our city and be close to people, pleads Steve Roger. This concert is a way to break the border between the orchestra and the audience. ”

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