2015-2016 Report of Activities

OSR’s Youth activities

A quick overview of the range of activities offered to young audiences by the OSR; some figures.

Youth concerts

3 series of concerts at Victoria Hall for a total of 20 concerts with the DIP (school concerts)

Among these 20 concerts:

  •          15 were for (6-12 years old pupils), AGEP classes (Geneva Association of Private schools) and classes from neighbouring France.

  •          5  were for CO and secondary II pupils (12-18 ans).

Attendance :

  •          6'621 Primary school pupils

  •          2’694 CO and secondary II pupils

  •          1'220 AGEP and French pupils

All in all, 10'535 pupils attended OSR's school concerts during season 2015-2016. In addition to an average of 800 accompanying adults, these concerts were attended py approximately 11'335 persons.

The children are prepared by their teachers who were provided with comprehensive educational kits put together by the DIP, especially for Primary schools. All of these concerts are commented by the conductor or a narrator.


The Pedagogical Programme

  •  Pedagogical Path

As part of the new Pedagogical Programme launched by the OSR in september 2014, the Pedagogical Path enabled 10 primary school classes, 8 CO classes and 2 secondayry II classes to exeprience the life of the Orchestra during season 15-16 through different workshops (composition, discovery of instruments, making of string instruments, body expression, conducting, plastic arts etc.), and to attend a concert with a parent.

433 pupils took part in the Path, and 650 persons (including parents and teachers) attended OSR concerts.


  • Family concerts

This new concert format is designed for families and children aged 3 to 10. Family concerts have been really successful and were quickly sold out.

Over the 8 planned concerts (as well as an additional one for those on the waiting list):

  •  1'025 persons, including 587 children age 3 to 10 attended family concerts.


  • The OSR and Orchestra in Class


Bringing these two orchestras together enabled 90 8P pupils from four canton de Genève schools to perform on the Victoria Hall's stage with 13 OSR musicians during the concert on Music Day in June 2016.


OSR in the French-speaking cantons

Sponsored by the Loterie Romande, the OSR was able to pursue its regional activities via their annual tour of children’s concerts in the five French-speaking cantons.

The first regional tour featured A Soldier’s Tale (two concerts in June 2007), followed by Peter and the Wolf (three concerts in November 2007).

The second tour, in April 2008, featured five “Discovering String Instruments” concerts (programme of works by Mozart, Bloch and Balissat) conducted by Philippe Béran: in Porrentruy, Bulle, Saint-Maurice, Vevey and Neuchâtel (approximately 3’000 children and accompanying adults attended the concerts).

The third tour took place in January/February 2009. Again, 5 concerts were given in Neuchâtel, Porrentruy, Estavayer-le-Lac, Saint-Maurice and Vevey for approximately 3’500 children and accompanying adults. Unfortunately, as the concert venues could not accommodate all of the classes wishing to attend these concerts – which were in great demand – more than 2’000 children were unable to attend.

The fourth tour (March 2010) took the OSR to Porrentruy, La Chaux-de-Fonds, Romont, Morges and Saint-Maurice.

The five concerts of the fifth tour (March 2011) took place in Yverdon, De­lémont, Sion, La Chaux-de-Fonds and Bulle and were devoted to Mozart: Don Giovanni overture and the Clarinet Concerto with the OSR’s principal clarinet, Dmitry Rasul-Kareyev.

The sixth tour (November-December 2011) took place in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Fribourg, Morges, Délémont and Saint-Maurice, and featured Nutcracker Suite, excerpts from the ballet (Tchaïkovsky), conducted by Philippe Béran.

The seventh tour took place in April 2013 and visited all of the French-Swiss cantons! With Phi­lippe Béran and a wonderful programme: Le Tombeau de Couperin by Maurice Ravel and Ney Rosauro’s Marimba Concerto op. 12.

The eighth tour took place in February-March 2014, again covering all of the French-Swiss cantons, with Philippe Béran conducting a programme of summer-themed music: Summer of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, Honegger’s Summer Pastoral, and excerpts from Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream.

The ninth tour, in Spring 2015, featured "humor in music" under the baton of Philippe Béran. 3’738 pupils as well as their teachers had the chance to attend these concerts.

The tenth tour happened in Spring 2016 featuring a diverse and festive "Long live the winds" programme.

The eleventh tour will present an "overtures cocktail" in April 2017 under the baton of Philippe Béran..