Trio Event Charitably Breaks New Ground
The Swiss Global Artistic Foundation broke new ground recently by organising the first event with amateur musicians in its ten year history.
But these were amateur musicians with a difference -- they are three eminent members of the medical and educational professions in Lausanne, Professors Jean-Blaise Wasserfallen flute, François Spertini viola and Jean-Paul Dépraz cello.
Peter Tregear on Australian Music Education
"Cala Tuent" Premieres in Asia
On Sunday, 23 November, Geoffrey Simon and Advisory Board member Barry Conyngham present the Hong Kong premiere of Cala Tuent with the Pro Arte Orchestra of Hong Kong. The work had its world premiere in Palma, Majorca on 10 October and its Australian premiere on 7 November.
Please click the underlined date to view the concert poster.
We Welcome New Mascot!
Swiss Global is delighted to welcome its new mascot, Truffles, to the World Headquarters in Montreux, Switzerland. The seven-week-old chocolate Labrador Retriever was personally delivered by Foundation Director Heather de Haes from its breeder in London.
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House Concert at World Headquarters
Friends of the Foundation were treated to a House Concert at the Swiss Global World Headquarters in Montreux, Switzerland this past Monday evening. Young Artist Amir Farid piano, on the Foundation's official Bösendorfer instrument, performed solo Iranian music and accompanied Matthew Garrett tenor in a collection of arias and works of American musical theatre. Collaborative artist Rachel Kolly d'Alba violin performed works of Debussy and Ravel with Mr Farid at the piano.
Please click the underlined date for event photos.
Barry Conyngham's "Cala Tuent" Premieres Internationally
Barry Conyngham, a member of the Foundation's Advisory Board, has been commissioned by Foundation Patron Don Pedro A. Serra to write a symphonic poem, Cala Tuent, evocative of the passage of a day in this spectacular bay on the northwest coast of Mallorca. With its world premiere in Palma on 10 October, Australian premiere in Brisbane on 7 November and Asian premiere in Hong Kong on 23 November, each conducted by the Foundation's Artistic Director, Geoffrey Simon and in the presence of the composer, the musical experience was enhanced by projections of a series of twelve watercolours painted especially to accompany the work by the Mallorcan-based artist Nils Burwitz.
By clicking on the date above you can see the twelve paintings in the Cala Tuent sequence. Visit the Events section to read further information about these concerts.
21 October 2008
The Passing of a Young Artist
It is with great sadness that Heather de Haes wishes to announce to our Swiss Global family that our dearest David-Alexandre Borloz baritone died suddenly on Sunday morning, 19 October 2008.
We are all mourning the loss of this wonderful, caring and special man, whose musicianship and exceptional talent touched us all.
Our special thoughts are to his family and to his partner, Elizabeth Bailey.
Lord and Lady Foster: New Patrons of the Swiss Global Artistic Foundation
The Swiss Global Artistic Foundation is honoured to announce that Lord and Lady Foster of Thames Bank have agreed to join the distinguished list of Patrons of the Foundation. Baron Norman Foster is one of the world's leading architects and designers, and with his partnership, has been responsible for many of the most outstanding buildings and construction projects around the globe in recent years. Created a life peer in 1999, he holds the British Order of Merit, among many international honours.
Lady Foster, born in Spain, is the former Professor Dr Eléna Ochoa and Chairman of the Tate International Council and founder of the Ivory Press. The couple, together with their two children, have recently made their main residence in Switzerland.
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15 September 2008
Chateau de Montcaud Revisited in October
11 September 2008
A Newsletter from the Director
25 August 2008
Sixteen Harps, One Conductor, Two Compact Discs
Sixteen of the world's leading harpists are meeting under the baton of Swiss Global Artistic Director Geoffrey Simon this week to record a double compact disc of enchanting harp repertoire. Co-produced by Cala Records and Swiss Global, the new album will be launched as part of Cala's London Sound Series, known for its "virtuoso single-instrument orchestras". Previous recordings in this series include arrangements for 16 horns, 48 violins, 48 violas, 24 cellos and several others.
The double disc set will be a featured addition to the Education Wing of Swiss Global.
Artist Captures Music and Sound on Canvas
Painter Madeleine Meehan, an East Hampton resident known for using musicians and dancers as subjects, created on-the-spot portraits of the Playhouse Project events. The Cuban-born artist maintains studios in Long Island and St Thomas, and has presented her works internationally in over 100 exhibitions. Her organisation, MostlyMusicArt, is described as "an extensive collection of unique, vibrant, rhythmic paintings and drawings..."
Please click the underlined date for enlarged images of the works, and see the articles in the Events section for additional information about the Playhouse Project activities.
The 4th Annual Playhouse Project Benefit Concert
A capacity crowd assembled in East Hampton, New York, the evening of 14 June for the 4th Annual Playhouse Project Benefit Concert, a Swiss Global collaborative event that raises funds to support, develop and implement performing arts programmes for the benefit of local South Fork students. Musicians included pianist Awadagin Pratt (pictured right), guitarist Robert Belinic and winners of the Elizabeth Brockman Awards in Classical Music.
Vivaldi "Gloria": A Choral/Orchestral Workshop
As part of its continued partnership with the Playhouse Project of East Hampton, New York, on 14 June Swiss Global participated in an afternoon Workshop Rehearsal of Vivaldi's Gloria.
Please click the underlined date to read the promotional material, and see the Events section for the full article.
4th Annual Playhouse Project Master Class
Playhouse Project of East Hampton, New York presented its 4th Annual Master Class for South Fork students on 22 and 23 May. The event was expanded to two days in response to overflowing demand, and more than 50 student musicians and composers ages 12-19 participated.
Please click the underlined date to read the press release from Playhouse Project, and see the Events section for more information.
The Foundation announces Fast-Track donation capability
New and returning Swiss Global supporters are invited to click on one of the buttons below to make a quick, secure online donation through PayPal. (You do not need to be registered with PayPal to take advantage of this facility.)
We will gratefully acknowledge your generosity and extend the appropriate benefits of membership.
The Foundation is registered as a charity in Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States (in the USA: The American Friends of the Swiss Global Artistic Foundation). Please go to Bankers & Charitable Status for details, and to Membership & Sponsorship for information about our membership categories and benefits.
Glion Revisited at Jours des Arts V
For four days in April, Swiss Global returned to the picturesque mountaintop town of Glion, Switzerland, high in the Alps, for an encore presentation of Impressionist music and art. Entitled Jours des Arts V: Impressionism and Beyond, Swiss Global's signature festival gave eager audience members a treat for the eyes, ears and taste buds!
Please see the Events section to read the full article, and click the underlined date to read the programme.
Swiss Global Artistic Foundation Acquires "The Evangelists"
|St John violin 1||St Mark violin 2||St Matthew viola||St Luke cello|
The Evangelists, a rare matched set of string quartet instruments by J-B Vuillaume, have been acquired by the Swiss Global Artistic Foundation from the leading French luthier Etienne Vatelot.
Please click on the date above for further information.
03 April 2008
Formation of Swiss Global Artists Management; Tregear to Lead
27 February 2008
Lake Geneva Region Featured in Thai Airways Magazine
The Lake Geneva region, home to Swiss Global's International Headquarters, was the subject of a feature article written by the Foundation's Public Relations Advisor, Michael Green. The eminent Swiss-based British journalist was commissioned by Sawasdee, the official magazine of Thai Airways, to mark the occasion of the 80th birthday of His Majesty King Bhumibol of Thailand. King Bhumibol, the world's longest serving monarch, spent most of his youth and educative years in the region.
Please see the Press section to view the complete article.
26 February 2008
Heather de Haes to Chair Australian Music Foundation
The London-based philanthropic organisation announced the recent appointment of Swiss Global Founder and Director Heather de Haes to the role of Chairman. Ms de Haes currently serves as a Trustee of the Foundation, and was a featured speaker at the opening of its Australian branch in Sydney last November.
For nearly three decades, the Australian Music Foundation has offered financial support to outstanding young Australian musicians who wish to pursue advanced music education at top European institutions. Every year the Foundation makes grants to one or more carefully selected students whom the Australian Music Foundation and its specially selected panel of judges believe will excel in their artistry, and to whom financial support is essential to assist them in undertaking courses of study at the leading music colleges in Europe. Its President, Lord Carrington KG, and its Joint Life Presidents Dame Joan Sutherland DBE, Richard Bonynge CBE and Sir Charles Mackerras CH AC CBE, are supported by Patron-in-Chief HRH The Prince of Wales KG and Patron Mr Richard Alston, High Commissioner for Australia.
Time Out for Sports!
20 February 2008
Death of Foundation Patron Sir Jack Lyons, Tireless Supporter of the Arts
The Swiss Global Artistic Foundation regrets to announce the recent death of one of its honoured Patrons, Sir Jack Lyons, and extends its deepest sympathies to his widow, Lady Roslyn, also a committed Patron.
Sir Jack Lyons will long be remembered not only for his charming and affable personality, but for his lifelong passion for music and the arts. Among his many achievements as an organiser, donor and fundraiser, he chaired the Shakespeare Exhibition in Stratford-on-Avon during the quatercentenary of the playwright's birth, chaired the Leeds Musical Festival (in his home town), was joint founder of the Leeds International Piano Competition and trust chairman of the London Symphony Orchestra. He had the esteemed significance of being the first non-musician Honorary Member of the LSO. Additionally, he was a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal Society of Arts.
Deeply supportive of Swiss Global, Sir Jack Lyons led to the Foundation's valued connection with the University of York, England. At York he had funded the construction of the Concert Hall and Music School which now bear his name, and which also served as venues for several Swiss Global events in recent years. The Royal Academy of Music was also touched by his generosity, and likewise named its theatre after him.
Swiss Global Artistic Foundation Awarded Charity Status in United States
The Foundation proudly announces its charitable status in the United States. The "American Friends of the Swiss Global Artistic Foundation, Inc." is hereby recognized as a Public Charity, and under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, donations made to the charity are now tax-exempt in the United States. Similar status exists in Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
Please click the underlined date to read the "Determination Letter", the legal document guaranteeing Swiss Global's privileges as a United States Charity.
For additional information on how you may make a tax-deductible contribution to the Swiss Global Artistic Foundation, please see the Become a Member/Sponsor section.
23 January 2008
Swiss Global Announces New Website; New Season 2008
22 January 2008
Austrian Baritone to Tour Australia
19 January 2008
Geoffrey Simon on Jury at YCA Competition
12 January 2008