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HAPPY NEW YEAR! Hello, and welcome to our first newsletter of 2015! We have many exciting events lined up this year, starting tomorrow at St Martin-in-the-Fields. Following a delightful performance at the London Classical Guitar Festival in September with his duo, acclaimed Scottish classical guitarist Matthew McAllister kicks of the year's proceedings with a solo concert on Friday 2nd January - more details below. Watch this space for more events to follow...

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   Upcoming ILAMS concerts

Matthew McAllister

Fri 2 January 2015, 1.00pm
St Martin-in-the-Fields
Trafalgar Square
United Kingdom

‘Sheer balm to the soul.’ Sunday Post

One of Scotland's most exciting and talented classical guitarists gives his first concert of 2015 at St Martin-in-the-Fields as part of their prestigious Lunchtime Concert Series. Matthew McAllisteris renowned the world over for his highly insightful performances and effortless presentation.

Anon Scottish Lute Pieces
Leo Brouwer Suite No. 2 
Antonio Lauro Suite venezolana
Agustín Barrios Mangoré La catedral

Watch a video clip HERE

This is an ILAMS concert organised in collaboration with St Martin-in-the-Fields

Web site
020 7766 1100
Tickets: Admission free (retiring collection); no booking required

   In the News    CD Review

Jordi Savall Declines National Arts Prize

Education, culture and sports minister, José Ignacio Wert

Photographer Isabel Steva i Hernández, better known as Colita, along with musician Jordi Savall, have both rejected their €30,000 prizes, which the government awards... READ MORE


El amor y la muerte

Sebastian Stanley (piano)

EMEC E-085
This is the first of two recordings of Spanish music that Sebastian Miguel Stanley has made for EMEC, and on the basis of this recording alone he is worth getting to know. Born in Andalucia in 1984 and coming to England when he was 4, Sebastian graduated from the RCM with distinction in 2008 and has since been touring internationally with great success. Listening through this recording it seems that this young... READ MORE
   Video of the Month

Quote of the Month

‘I don't compose; I assemble 

Aaron Copland 

American Composer & PanAmericanist

Click HERE to watch classical violinist Nicola Benedetti performing the iconic tango Por una cabeza
   Other Selected Concerts we Recommend this Month

                                           For complete listings please click HERE

Dudamel & Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela

Fri 9 January 2015 Royal Festival Hall
Belvedere Road
United Kingdom

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

Made up of 200 vibrant, charismatic and brilliant performers between the ages of 17 and 30, theSimón Bolivar Symphony Orchestra is the flagship of Venezuela's El Sistema orchestral academic programme and is led by Gustavo Dudamel. Now in his 15th season as their Music Director, Dudamel has rock-star status among audiences of all ages worldwide, as well as caring deeply about the power of music to change lives.

Julian Orbón 3 Versiones sinfónicas
Gustav Mahler Symphony No. 5

This event is part of the Sounds Venezuela series at the Southbank Centre

Web site
08448 750073
Tickets: £85, £65, £45, £28, £15 | Concessions 50% off


Jose Menor

Tue 20 January 2015, 1.10pm
St James's Church
197, Piccadilly
United Kingdom

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

'A performance of gripping power and evocative colouring.’ The Daily Telegraph

José Menor was hailed as ‘one of the most outstanding Spanish pianists of the new generation’ after his Wigmore Hall solo recital debut. José made his international debut at age fifteen, performing at New York’s Carnegie Hall as a First Prize winner of Cincinnati’s ‘The World Piano Competition’, which was followed by top prizes and awards at several different piano competitions. He has appeared with major orchestras in Spain, together with orchestras in Europe, USA and Latin America. His live performances have been recorded and broadcasted by different media including TVE (Spanish TV), TV3, CNN, RNE (Spanish National Radio), Catalunya Música, and has performed live on BBC Radio 3 (In Tune), Radio Canada, ABC Classic FM Australia, WXEL (USA), among others.

Antoni Soler Sonata in F sharp minor | Sonata in D major
Isaac Albéniz Iberia, Book 2
Enrique Granados Los Requiebros | Goyescas

Web site
020 7734 4511
Tickets: Admission free (retiring collection); no booking required


Love Songs from Brazil

Fri 30 January 2015, 7.45pm
Southbank Centre's Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall
Belvedere Road
United Kingdom

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

World-renowned Brazilian artists, soprano Gabriela Di Laccio and concert pianist Marcelo Bratke, revisit the history of Brazil’s 20th-century music from classical to popular through a series of piano and vocal works by leading Brazilian composers.

Claudio Santoro Love Songs | Love Song Preludes
Heitor Villa-Lobos Four Songs of the Amazon Forest 
Dorival Caymmi O vento | Rosa morena | O que é que a Baiana tem 
Tom Jobim Luiza | The Girl from Ipanema | Samba do avião |

A fundraising concert in aid of Bravo Brazil

Web site
08448 479910
Tickets: £18 | £15

For complete listings please click HERE

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