Smile Through Music - the charity piano concert raising money for children born with a cleft palate

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Thursday, 16 May 2024 - 5 minutes

17 year old James Adalla is a pianist at the musical school of Jaques-Dalcroze and a high-school student at Collège Elilie-Gourd in Geneva. He's currently leading the second edition of his charity project "Gift of Smile Through Music". 

Born with a cleft lip and palate himself, James' initiative aims to finance surgical operations for other children also born with the same congenital malformation, but who have no access to medical care. During the first edition last June, his charity concert raised CHF 8'100 which changed the lives of 16 children in the Philippines. Encouraged by the success of this event, he has now set himself the ambitious target of helping a further 20 children receive life-changing surgery in 2024, by raising CHF 12'000 for his upcoming piano concert. 

His concert will be held at the Jaques-Dalcroze Concert Hall in Geneva on Sunday 16 June at 6pm. It's free to attend but donations for the cause will be taken after the event. 

Tickets can be reserved now at

James joined Katt Cullen on the WRS Breakfast Show to talk about the project and thank those who have supported him in his vision... 




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