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guitarrísimo Moves to St Peter's Eaton Square
This Autumn, one of our longstanding partners, the Instituto Cervantes, will be leaving its historic address at Eaton Square in Belgravia to take up new premises on The Strand. Our collaborative guitar series, guitarrísimo, which was launched at the current premises with three dates in 2016, will continue to be jointly hosted with the Instituto Cervantes, but will now take place around various other London venues, starting with the wonderfully atmospheric St Peter's, Eaton Square and a concert by legendary Bolivian guitarist Piraí Vaca on 21st September. Tickets now on sale!:

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Cinzia Milani: 'From Spain to Argentina'

Wed 20 July 2016, 1.10pm
St James's Church
197, Piccadilly
United Kingdom

'Miss Milani is something more than the usual talented youngster with flying fingers, having a world of expression, musicianship and a feeling for her instrument, all combined with a powerful tone - so rare even in older and more experienced players.' Classical Guitar

Young Italian guitarist Cinzia Milani, makes her UK debut at St James's Piccadilly with a compelling programme of Spanish and Argentine music spanning four centuries. A multi-award-winner from a very young age, Milani has performed and broadcast internationally to great critical acclaim, and has released three albums to date. In addition to the native Spanish repertoire of the classical guitar, Milani also has a special fondness for Argentine repertoire and performs with the Sonatango project as a tango dancer and singer.

Máximo Diego Pujol Tres piezas rioplatenses
Ariel Ramírez Mujeres argentinas
Astor Piazzolla Verano porteño | Jacinto Chiclana
Gaspar Sanz Españoleta | Passacalle | Canarios
Oscar Casares Canciones sefardíes y danza hebrea
Francisco Tárrega Capricho árabe

Click HERE to watch a video

This is an ILAMS event organised in collaboration with St James's Piccadilly

TICKETS Admission free with voluntary exit donations

BOOKINGS No booking required; seats allocated on a first-come-first-served basis



   CD Review
Venezuela Loses Two of its Leading Classical Musicians in Inocente Carreño and Alirio Díaz


Inocente Carreño and Alirio Díaz both contributed significantly to the wonderful panoply of music that emerged from Venezuela in the second half of the 20th Century, with a timeless legacy that remains with us today...
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Denoth Homages

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Homages: A Musical Dedication

Christoph Denoth

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Christoph Denoth is one of the most talented guitarists of his generation. He has developed an enviable reputation as a soloist as well as a vocal accompanist and can also turn his hand to conducting and contemporary repertoire. His CD catalogue reflects his two primary interests, for which he has garnered wide critical appreciation. You may already have heard about his new CD, Nocturnos de Andalucía, also released on Signum, covering works for guitar and orchestra by Rodrigo, Palomo and Malats, but his previous release, Homages, is well worth investigating and is the subject of this review. Whilst Denoth does... READ MORE

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'Tocad vuestros instrumentos y levantad vuestras sonoras voces, y mostradles que el arte y destreza vuestra en la música a la natural suya se aventaja.'

'Play your instruments and lift up your sonorous voices; show them that your musical art and skill surpass their humdrum voices.'

Miguel de Cervantes
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Carreno Video
Click HERE to watch the late Venezuelan composer Inocente Carreño conducting his signature work, Margariteña, alongside his Marchas sinfónicas, with a moving opening address (in Spanish), and at the incredible age of 94.
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                                           For complete listings please click HERE

Valentin Surif Celebrates the Ginastera Centenary

Fri 15 July 2016, 1.10pm
St James's Church
197, Piccadilly
United Kingdom

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

Valentin Surif, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina is an active solo and chamber musician, as well as a soloist with well known international orchestras. He initially studied with the Chilean pianist Tino Rossetti, and worked with Alicia de Larrocha, Carlo Zecchi, in Italy, with and Sergio Lorenzi and in the United States, Earl Wild and Byron Janis. He was awarded international scholarships to further his studies and has developed a vast repertoire with wide recognition for his interpretations of Beethoven, Chopin and Liszt. Amongst his many awards, in 1995 Surif was recognised by SADAIC as Argentina's greatest classical pianist. In this respect Surif is a strong advocate of music by Argentine composers, which feature significantly in his critically-acclaimed recitals and recordings, which include the Naxos and IRCO labels. In 2010 Surif released Todo Tango, which has just been succeeded by a second volume; music from both these discs being featured in many of his concerts. Valentin Surif is currently the Artistic Director of the Musical Competition of the River Plate and President of ALAPP (Latin American Association of Pianists and Pedagogues) and is affiliated to EPTA (European Piano Teachers Association). Programme includes: 

Juan Jose Ramos Seven Tango Variations
Astor Piazzolla Three Preludes
Alberto Ginastera Danza de la moza donosa
Alberto Ginastera Suite of Creole Dances, Op. 15

Organised by Opus Musica and the Anglo-Argentine Society 

TICKETS Admission free | Voluntary exit donations

BOOKINGS No booking required | Seats allocated on a first-come-first-served basis


'Music for Carlos V and his Children': The Zenobia Scholars at Sounds Sublime Festival

Sat 16 July 2016, 12.40pm
St Martin-in-the-Fields
Trafalgar Square
United Kingdom

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

Curated by The Sixteen, this free day-long Sounds Sublime Festival showcases the most exciting and vibrant young vocal ensembles from the UK and beyond. The Zenobia Scholars are a high-level young artist choir taking part in a training scheme in Spain. Specialising in Renaissance music, the choir of 18 singers receive mentoring from vocal leaders across the world. Recent performances have brought them to the Festival Barocco in Rome, St John's College Cambridge and a masterclass with Peter Phillips of the Tallis Scholars. Programme includes music composed for Carlos V and his children, as well as works by Lobo, Josquin, Morales and Victoria.

Cristóbal de Morales 'Agnus Dei' from Missa mille regretz
Josquin des Prez Mille Regretz | Canción del Emperador
Alonso Lobo Versa est in luctum
Tomás Luis de Victoria Versa est in luctum

PLUS catch a later pop-up performance by the Zenobia Scholars at the National Gallery's Room 30 at 2.45pm |

Organised by The Sixteen in association with Acción Cultural Española

TICKETS Admission free

BOOKINGS No booking required


For complete listings please click HERE

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