Classical Iberican News and Concerts in January
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Happy New Year!
We hope everyone had a great holiday. We're really looking forward to the new year ahead and have some great concerts and events lined up for 2016. This year sees the advent of numerous major anniversaries: centenaries of the Spanish composer, Enrique GranadosArgentine composer, Alberto Ginastera, and Venezuelan composer, Antonio Estévez, as well as the 400th anniversary of the great Spanish novelist, Miguel de Cervantes. Stay tuned for more details coming soon!

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Maglia-Wetherill Duo: 'From Ancient Europe to Contemporary Latin America'

Tue 2 February 2016, 1.00pm
St Martin-in-the-Fields
Trafalgar Square
United Kingdom

'A big talent.' Roy Travis

The Maglia-Wetherill Duo make their ILAMS debut with a programme traversing space and time, from the early music of Europe to the contemporary music of Latin America, including Maglia’s own work El otro amanecer, a piece based on indigenous Latin American songs which won First Prize at the Yage Austria International Composition Competition 2005.

Linda Di Martino Wetherill flute | Fernando Maglia guitar

John Dowland Lachrimae Pavan | The Earle of Essex Galiard
George Friedrich Handel Sonata in A Minor
Heitor Villa-Lobos Bachianas brasileiras No. 5
Astor Piazzolla La historia del tango
Leo Brouwer El elogio de la danza
Fernando Maglia El otro amanecer
Castilla/Leguizamon Balderrama 
Atahualpa Yupanqui Luna tucumana |
This is an ILAMS concert organised in collaboration with St Martin-in-the-Fields

TICKETS Admission free | Retiring collection

BOOKINGS Unreserved seating, no booking required



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'Wit and effervecence': Music & Vision Reviews 'Music in the Time of Goya'

Amaia Azcona
Image by Alan Barnes: Soprano Amaia Azcona Cildoz


On 27 November 2015 I had the tremendous good fortune of attending 'Music in the Time of Goya' at the National Gallery in London... READ MORE
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Tango Monologues

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Tango Monologues

Juan María Solare (piano)

This is a tango album to be relished, performed by Juan María Solare - an Argentine master musician who now lives and teaches in Germany. Equally at home with contemporary and traditional music, composing, conducting and directing, and an expert on the tango, he wears his expertise lightly on this engrossing album. Solare communicates warmly and draws you into the many (for me) unfamiliar pieces. He plays a collection of twelve compositions of his own, offset with an interesting variety of other composers, which assures us of a good diversity of influences and styles which in turn also inform his own works. He takes us on a journey back over 60 years with a rich variety of music, styles and textures. His own distinctively-voiced pieces reflect his diverse interests and, though not connected and like Piazzolla before him, these are idiomatically innovative, offering a more contemporary slant but always glancing back with... READ MORE
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'Allow yourself the freedom to commit mistakes. There is no such thing as failure because life is an eternal learning process.'

Carlos Acosta (1973-) 

Cuban ballet dancer & choreographer
Tango Rhapsody
Click HERE to watch the Duo Lechner Tiempo performing an excerpt of Tango Rhapsody by for two pianos and orchestra by Federico Jusid
   Other Selected Concerts we Recommend this Month

                                           For complete listings please click HERE

Sarah Chan

Thu 14 January 2016, 1.10pm
St James's Church
197, Piccadilly
United Kingdom

(Not an ILAMS concert but one we highly recommend!)

An international pianist, educator, and scholar, Sarah Chan has brought her artistry, teaching, and scholarship to a wide range of audiences throughout America, Europe, and Asia. As concert pianist, Chan has won numerous awards including The American Prize in Piano Performance, "Rising Artist" selection by New York Concert Artists and Associates, feature in the Carnegie Emerging Artists recital series of New York, and the 2014 PianoTexas International Academy and Festival concerto prize (professional division). In this recital she explores Spanish repertoire and other works relating to Spain.

Claude Debussy Prelude No. 5 | La soirée dans Grenade
Maurice Ravel Alborado del gracioso
Isaac Albéniz Asturias (Leyenda) | El albaicín
Joaquín Turina Seguiriya
Frederic Chopin Barcarolle | Etudes | Ballade No. 3

TICKETS £15 | £12 concessions

BOOKINGS 0800 411 8881 |


I Maestri Gala: 'Night in the Gardens of Spain'

Sat 16 January 2016, 6.30pm
St John’s Smith Square
Smith Square
United Kingdom

(Not an ILAMS concert but one we highly recommend!)

I Maestri celebrate their 15th anniversary with a dazzling program of Spanish flair, beginning with Bizet's seductive Carmen and ending with Ravel's famous Boléro. I Maestri is an established orchestra under the patronage of Sir Neville Marriner which gives a platform to aspiring conductors and soloists wishing to develop their experience and knowledge in an environment of mutual co-operation. The orchestra is made of mix of the best orchestral players to the best amateurs as well as recently graduated students. I Maestri has also helped soloists such as Nicola Bennedetti, Maxim Rysanov, Kristina Blaumane in giving them a platform in a more relaxed setting.

I Maestri Orchestra | Leora Cohen violin | Mine Dogantan-Dack piano | George Hlawiczka,Jorg Hammann, Anastasios Strikos conductors 

Georges Bizet Carmen Overture
Edouard Lalo Symphonie espagnole
Manuel de Falla Nights in the Gardens of Spain
Maurice Ravel Boléro

TICKETS £18, £12

BOOKINGS 020 7222 1061 |


Maria Camahort Quintet at Omnibus Venue

Sun 31 January 2016, 7.30pm
Omnibus Clapham
1, Clapham Common Northside

United Kingdom

(Not an ILAMS concert, but one we highly recommend!)

'Maria Camahort with her Quintet is making an admirable contribution to the musical life of London.' International Classical Guitar

The Maria Camahort Quintet’s 'Iberian Colours' is a unique programme of music by Spanish composers, reinterpreted to include collaborations between musicians from different backgrounds, each with their own distinctive personality. The Quintet are hugely popular performers at leading London venues (Kings Place, Purcell Room, St James Picadilly, St Martin in the Fields, Milton Court, The Forge) and it is a privilege to have them at Omnibus this Spring season.

Frederic Mompou Songs and Dances | Cantar del alma
Chano Domínguez Pa mi niño
Manuel de Falla Popular Spanish Songs
Federico García Lorca Canciones populares españolas 
Feliu Gasull Lullaby | Bosc | Fe
Maria Camahort 2 Songs with Poetry of F. García-Lorca
Paco de Lucía Canción de amor
Click HERE to listen to a clip | Click HERE to watch a video

TICKETS £10 | 20% Discount to ILAMS Members

BOOKINGS 020 7498 4699 |


For complete listings please click HERE

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