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International tour

Posted on 29 Jul 2016 by Cristina Maldonado

ACO’s second international tour of the year is at full speed.

Our first stop was at the prestigious Menuhin Festival in Gstaad, Switzerland. These concert series were part of an international chamber music exchange that saw the Basel Chamber Orchestra play for our audiences in 2015.  ​

Richard Tognetti and the Orchestra performing at Saanen Church. Photo credit: Raphael Faux

Founded by the great fiddler Yehudi Menuhin in 1957, the festival is held every European summer in the scenic Swiss alpine town of Gstaad, and this year celebrates the 100th anniversary of the birth of its founder. Before our first concert, Music at home with the Bach Family, the musicians enjoyed a morning trip up the mountain Les Diablerets and then caught the Tour de France in Saanen. 

Musicians enjoying the Tour de France in Saanen. 

The Orchestra is now in London performing with our old time friend, Barry Humphries, and award-winning cabaret sensation Meow Meow the music of Weimar Germany. Barry Humphries’ Weimar Cabaret premiered in 2013 on an Australian national tour with critical acclaim and audience ovations following each performance. After London, we’ll also perform Barry Humphries’ Weimar Cabaret at Edinburgh International Festival and Tanglewood Festival.


In rehearsals with Barry Humphries in London.

We’re also delighted to be performing at Tivoli Festival, the largest music festival in all of Scandinavia, and at the opening night of the Edinburgh International Festival with a powerfully Romantic program with the Mahler Das Lied von der Erde concert featuring two international opera stars, tenor Stuart Skelton and mezzo-soprano Alice Coote.