English-speaking residents and visitors can choose from all kinds of musical events for their listening pleasure:
Events organised by the City of Geneva:
Week-end en fanfare - www.ville-ge.ch/vh/... - May
Brass band extravaganza pumping out golden oldies and jazz, interspersed with classical pieces.
Fête de la musique - www.fetedelamusique.ch - June
Festival providing venues where various music groups can set up and perform.
Musiques en été Festival - www.musiquesenete.ch - July and August
Summer music festival providing a vast programme of classical, jazz, and contemporary music in the City Hall Courtyard in the Old Town and the Ella Fitzgerald Stage in La Grange Park.
Concerts du dimanche - www.ville-ge.ch/vh
Sunday concerts in the beautiful Victoria Hall are a Geneva tradition. From September to June, different types of classical music: organ, choral workk, symphony orchestra, and soloists recitals.
Antigel Festival – ww.antigel.ch - January - February
An original cultural concept that takes a fresh look at the relationship between dance, music, and sport, designed to generate reaction and comment among both performers and spectators.
Traverses musicales - www.traverses-musicales.ch - February
A music festival that brings together international stars and talented local groups in a joyful medley of sound.
Voix de fêtes - www.voixdefete.com - March
A ten-days festival with over 120 pop/rock bands, some already well-known, some about to be.
Archipel - www.archipel.org - March
Concerts, events, sound installations celebrating the music of today.
Electron Festival - www.electronfestival.ch - March
A multidisciplinary festival, entirely focused on the celebration of electronic cultures, on the cutting edge of creativity.
AMR Jazz Festival - www.amr-geneve.ch - March
A festival of improvised music, mostly coming from Afro-American musical in traditions in Geneva and its region.
Mapping Festival - www.mappingfestival.ch – May
International festival centred on VJing, real-time video mixing, and related audio-visual skills. The place to be for concept sharing and finding out about new techniques.
Mai au Parc - www.maiauparc.ch - May
Fun weekend in the leafy grounds of the Villa Bernasconi park. Attractive, admission-free programme of music and activities for the whole family.
Vernier sur Rock Festival, VSR - www.verniersurrock.ch/ - May
Multi-sound music festival with environment-friendly work experience programme for young people.
Celtic and Rock festival – www.celtic-festival.ch - May
Festival of Celtic music and Rock to usher in the reawakening of Spring.
AMR at the Cropettes - www.amr-geneve.ch - June
Music programme in the Cropettes Park with local groups bringing us the sounds of the Association for the Promotion of Improvised Music (AMR)—jazz, and improvised music mostly in the Afro-American tradition.
Gena Festival in the Open Air - www.genafestival.ch - July
Music festival in the Geneva countryside. Varied admission-free programme.
Concerts d’été de Saint-Germain – www.concertsgermain.ch - July-September
Summer concerts for lovers of chamber music in the beautiful church of Saint-Germain.
Les Concerts de la Cathédrale – www.concerts-cathedrale.ch - July to September
Bell ringing and organ music at Saint-Pierre Cathedral.
Festiverbant – www.festiverbant.ch - August
Admission-free, out-door festival concentrating on rock music and related genres.
Jazz sur la plage – www.jazzsurlaplage.ch - August
Admission-free jazz sessions at Hermance by the lake.
Grouna Festival – www.grouna.com - August
Music from groovy Geneva groups playing at Pregny-Chambésy. Admission free.
La Bâtie Festival - www.batie.ch - September
Every year in September, this interdisciplinary festival delivers a fascinating assortment of laid-back, avant-garde music and dance.
Concerts d’automne – www.carouge.ch - November
Admisssion-free classical music concerts in Carouge's historic Reformed church, the temple de Carouge.
L’OCG - L'Orchestre de Chambre de Genève
L’OSR - Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
L’Usine - Kalvingrad - PTR - Le Zoo
Le Chat Noir - Chat Noir
AMR - AMR Sud des Alpes
Adem - Ateliers d'Ethnomusicologie
Contrechamps - Contrechamps Genève
Concerts de carillons - www.carouge.ch - All year
In the picturesque streets of Carouge, on its bustling market, from its shady café and bistrot terraces, or just standing in front of the church, the joyful chimes of Sainte-Croix are one of the attractions of Geneva's hisoric suburb.
Victoria Hall - www.ville-ge.ch/vh - All year
The acoustic excellence of the Victoria Hall’s auditorium isrenowned throughout the world. Swiss and international guest orchestras provide a varied programme of classical music and song.
Les jeudis du piano - www.athenee.ch - All year
Thursday Piano Recitals provide public performance opportunities for young soloists beginning their careers. Talented newcomers play world-class music at the Palais de l’Athénée.
Discothèques municipales – www.ville-ge.ch/bm - All year
The Municipal Media-libraries contain over 70,000 music CDs in all styles—classical, pop rock, jazz, ethnic, together with film music sound-tracks.