More than 1,500 young choristers arrived in Neuchâtel

More than 1,500 young choristers arrived in Neuchâtel
More than 1,500 young choristers arrived in Neuchâtel

Passers-by were probably surprised while strolling through downtown Neuchâtel on Saturday. Around noon, a giant flash mob broke out in front of the Fountain of Justice. Around 700 choristers began singing Carmina Burana in the street, accompanied by a brass and piano ensemble.

This event was part of the program of the Swiss Festival of Children and Youth Choirs (SKJF) which is held in Neuchâtel from Thursday to Saturday. On the occasion, 54 choirs, or more than 1,500 choristers aged 10 to 25, traveled to the cantonal capital for this event which takes place every two years. This is proof of young people’s enthusiasm for this activity, notes the co-director of the festival, Sébastien Frochaux.

The latter is delighted to see the event take place in his canton of origin. It must be said that in nine editions, the SKJF has only stopped twice in French-speaking Switzerland. The first time took place in 2011 in Lausanne.

Promote meeting and sharing

For Sébastien Frochaux, the festival is important for Swiss choirs, because it allows young people to meet and realize that it is possible to do things collectively in a caring atmosphere. In addition to public performances, choristers can benefit from workshops of all kinds led by professionals. “There is no competition,” recalls the co-president, “we are not here to compare ourselves to each other. »

Sing for peace

This year, the festival took peace as its theme. “A theme that is still relevant today, but particularly during this period,” says Sébastien Frochaux. “Choral singing is a good way to promote collaboration and brotherhood since it is not possible to sing together if we are in conflict. »

The children’s and youth choir festival ends on Saturday at 8 p.m. in Neuchâtel, with a final concert at the coastal ice rinks. /cde


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