International Club of Berne


  • Saturday, 2nd December 2017 at TBD
  • Sunday, 10th December 2017 at TBD
  • Thursday, 14th December 2017 at TBD
  • Sunday, 17th December 2017 at TBD

Location: various

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Fri 1 – Sat 2         St Ursula Church Christmas Bazaar
Sat 2         British School Charity Fair
Sat 2 – Sun 3         Fribourg St Nicolas celebrations

Sun, 10 15:00 - 17:00 British Afternoon Tea at Marian's

Thu, 14 at 19:30     English Carol Service, Heilliggeist church, Bahnhofsplatz
with drinks afterwards at bookshop in 2UG of Loeb

Sun, 17 December        The Nutcracker, Bolshoi Theatre. A magical experience with Tchaikovsky's renowned music. At 16:00 at Westside Pathé Cinema.


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Graham wrote
at 10:07pm on Tuesday, 28th November 2017
For Christmas markets see

Until December 24 Montreux Noël
Until December 23 Basel market, Barfüsserplatz
Until December 22 Fribourg Advent Village, CHF 5

The plan for 15/16/17 December is as follows:
Friday afternoon, travel by car to Bad Säckingen, hotel stay, or to Waldshut.
Saturday morning, travel by train for some to meet up
Saturday travel to Stuttgart, Christmas Market, stay in hotel
Sunday morning 0800 visit to spa Leuze in Stuttgart
Sunday morning pickup 10:30 at hotel, lunch in Esslingen
Sunday afternoon return with some sightseeing to Berne
Graham wrote
at 9:56pm on Tuesday, 28th November 2017
Fri 1 – Sat 2 St Ursula Church Christmas Bazaar

The 2017 Bazaar will be on 1 and 2 December - Friday evening, Saturday morning and lunchtime until mid-afternoon.

All our regular stalls will be there - patchwork, books, British food, the restaurant, mulled wine, toys, bric-à-brac, a chance to win something, and of course, the chance to meet friends, to chat and to relax.

It is reported that Father Christmas will be putting in an appearance at some time on the Saturday, depending on flying conditions from the North Pole.

The flyer is on
please tell your friends, print copies and display in your local supermarket, etc etc!!
Graham wrote
at 9:33pm on Tuesday, 28th November 2017
Winter Charity Fair
at the British School Bern
in support of the Swiss Guide Dog Association

Where: The British School, Sperlisacher 2, 3075 Rüfenacht
When: Saturday December 2nd, from 11:00-14.00
Featuring Tombola, Crafts, International food, face painting, songs and more!!

Graham wrote
at 9:27pm on Tuesday, 28th November 2017
Amadeus Choir Berne marks the
beginning of Advent with a musical
Over the last years, the Bernese Amadeus Choir has repeatedly performed masterpieces of choral music in English such as Handel's Messiah or Purcell's King Arthur. In 2017 this exploration of the English repertoire continues with a seasonal concert featuring Benjamin Britten's Saint Nicolas cantata and The Lark Ascending by Ralph Vaughan Williams.

Britten's cantata was first performed in 1948 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Lancing College in Sussex. The premiere brought together lay musicians and choirs from several neighbouring public schools. The title part
was interpreted by Peter Pears, Britten's lifelong personal and professional partner, who was himself an alumnus of Lancing.

The Lark Ascending was inspired by a poem of the same name by George Meredith. Vaughan Williams had begun his composition before the Great War, its premiere, however, was not to take place until 1920. The piece enjoyed immediate popularity in Britain and still ranks highly among the nation's classical favourites.

For this project the Amadeus Choir cooperates with the vocal ensemble Suppléments musicaux and the orchestra Arte Frizzante, thus continuing its tradition to enable young musicians. The solo parts will be interpreted by violinist Maria Strelbitska and the English tenor Jonathan Stoughton. Bohdan Shved, artistic director of the Amadeus Choir since 2012, will be conducting.

The concert will be given twice: Friday 1 December and Saturday 2 December 2017 at 7.30 p.m. (doors and box office open at 7 p.m.) at the Petruskirche (Brunnadernstrasse 40, 3006 Berne).

From the St Ursula Church magazine, see

Graham wrote
at 9:13pm on Tuesday, 28th November 2017
Montreux Comedy Festival

30 Nov - 4 Dec
English Gala 3 Dec

Enjoy a "seriously funny" show on the beautiful Montreux riviera.
njoy a "seriously funny" show on the beautiful Montreux riviera. Do not miss the Galas, there you can experience the biggest names and discover new talent at the same time.

Read more about it on the Montreux Comedy Festival website.

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By Graham 4 days ago

Come to chat in English. We meet in the CaféBar in the GenerationenHaus at 1700. If it is too noisy we meet at a table in the corridor. 

At 18:00 there is music: techno hypnotic sounds.  And then at 19:30 there is the English Carol Service at the Heilliggeist Church in the Bahnhofplatz.

The trip of 15-16 to the Black Forest and the Stuttgart Christmas Market is cancelled because of organisational problems. Next trips planned in January 13-14 and February 10-11.

Anyone interested in a dinner on December 26 or December 29? Make a comment on the web event page. Or in dancing on 29, 30 or 31 December - contact Graham.


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