Alpine horn festival in Valais declared a great success
The Nendaz Horn festival has grown into a popular event for Swiss nationals and international horn enthusiasts.
Mountain pastures in the canton of Valais have been awash with the sound of Alpine horns over the past couple of days for the Nendaz festival, where 200 horn players brought a touch of Swiss traditional music to high altitude.
The horn players were mostly Swiss but players from Germany, France and Japan also took part. The festival began in 2002 as a casual meeting of minds and horns but has now grown into a popular annual event.
The highlight of the festival was a gathering on the shores of Lake Tracouet, at 2,200 meters above sea level, which took place yesterday. Five soloists and five winning groups from competitions at the beginning of the festival took turns to play outside before playing all together. The horns were accompanied by flag throwers, yodellers and dancers in traditional Swiss costumes.