Swiss Ambassador’s Award Concert 2016

FRIDAY 21 October 7.45pm

at the Royal College of Music & Drama, Cardiff 

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This year’s award went to the NEXUS Reed Quintet, an exciting and innovative woodwind ensemble from Switzerland.

NEXUS brings together five reed instruments: oboe, bassoon, saxophone, clarinet and bass clarinet. The quintet’s unique programming, fresh and in-depth interpretation, precise interaction and youthful enthusiasm fascinate audiences and open up new dimensions in chamber music. NEXUS Reed Quintet was founded in 2010 and has since won awards in Switzerland and across Europe.

Concert Flyer SAAC16CARDIFF flyer

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2016 Swiss National Day in Pembrokeshire & North Wales

South Wales

As every year for the last 10 years, some of  the South Wales Swiss gathered at Beat & Elisabeth Wehren’s Fronhaul in Little Newcastle in Pembrokeshire to celebrate their National Day on 1st August 2016

Unfortunately, the weather was quite miserable on the day and prevented lounging in the beautiful garden, but this not dampen the spirits. Beat is always well prepared and his little Swiss garden chalet could accommodate all of the 40 guests. On the menu was pork chops, sausages, sauerkraut and pasta and the ladies brought some Swiss desserts along.

To keep with Swiss traditions the Swiss President’s speech was read out, the National anthem listened to and the overall live music were welsh folk tunes provided by guitarist James McDonald (Mac).

A short write up of the event appeared in the local paper. Read here

North Wales

On the 31st July the Swiss in North Wales celebrated the National day at Ghislaine and Martin’s place and were lucky to have a great sunny day.

NWales 1Aug16

 

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BREXIT: A Message from The Ambassador of Switzerland

As you may already be aware, the result of the UK referendum announced this morning was a vote in favour of the UK leaving the European Union (EU).

Whilst it is uncertain how exactly the coming days, weeks and months will unfold, we have put together some information at the link below that should answer any questions you may have at this time. If you do have further queries, you can reach the EDA helpline at any time on (+41) 800 24-7-365. If you have specific questions for the Embassy on the matter, you can contact us on 020 7616 6080.

It is important to note that the UK will continue to be a member of the EU for the foreseeable future. The UK and the EU will now negotiate an exit agreement which may take some time, and only when that agreement enters into force will the UK’s membership of the EU terminate.

We will remain in contact with you if there are any developments which might be of relevance to your status as a Swiss citizen in the UK.

Dominik Furgler
Ambassador

Embassy of Switzerland in London 

FAQ on Brexit see here

The FDFA Helpline on this issue see here

Brexit & Switzerland in the Press

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North Wales Swiss Society Samichlaus Event

Santa

Location:
Penrallt Baptist Church
Holyhead Road
Upper Bangor
Gwynedd
LL57 2EU  Map here 
(they have a payable car park next door)!!

Time:
1pm – 4pm

 

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Raclette/Fondue Evening chez Mosers, Penarth

Raclette 

Friday 4th December 2015 7pm .

Contact Therese Mosers for further details.

 

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1st Advent Get-Together for Swansea & West Wales Swiss

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Sunday 29 November 3pm – 5pm at Ty Tawe, Swansea

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Cardiff Business School announces partnership with Deloitte Consulting Switzerland

Cardiff Business School and Deloitte Consulting Switzerland are pleased to announce a new partnership to provide a number of student placement opportunities.

The 1-year Placement Programme will provide 10 students with the opportunity to gain valuable hands on work experience with Deloitte in Zurich. More….

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Talk on Multilinguism in Switzerland at Cardiff University

switzerland-languages-map    Friday 23 October 2015, 4pm

Switzerland’s Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Dominik Furgler, gave a talk to Cardiff University students and other interested guests about Switzerland’s Multilinguism. 

 

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Swiss Ambassador’s Award Concert 2015

On Friday 23 October 2015 the Swiss Ambassador’s Award Concert took place at  Hoddinott Hall , Millennium Centre , Cardiff Bay

This year’s musicians were:

Exciting new duo Viviane Chassot (accordion) and David Pia (cello) were the winners of this year’s Swiss Ambassador’s Award. They embarked on a UK Concert Tour in October 2015, performing in London, Cardiff, Belfast and Edinburgh. Their unusual combination of instruments represented a new venture for this concert series.

The prize-winning pair, who both graduated in Switzerland, currently work with eminent conductors and are frequent guests at international festivals. An exclusive programme has been put together for this tour, including the world première of several pieces written for the duo by Swiss composer Helena Winkelman.

SAAC Concert Event 2015 flyer 1506-16 Cardiff

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North Wales Swiss Summer event with Consul General

The Swiss in North Wales enjoyed a great day out at with the Consul General from the Swiss Embassy in London, Hermann Aebischer and his wife. It was the first time that a representative of the Embassy visited the North Wales Swiss Community. The Swiss arrived a the picnic location after a scenic ride on the North Wales mountain train  and enjoyed a guided walk through the lovely woodland at the splendid Plas Tan-y-Bwlch. The sun appeared just in time for the outdoor picnic. The event was organised by Beatrice Schlegel who organises the annual events for the North Wales Swiss with the support of her husband Emlyn. It was a very successful event which everyone, especially the Consul General and his wife, who have never visited Wales, very much enjoyed. The railway even promoted the Consul to Swiss Ambassador 🙂

Thanks to all involved in the organisation. Plas Tan-y-Bwlch is definitely worth a visit.

 

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