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Featured image: Ary Barroso's Aquarela Do Brasil performed at the BBC Strictly Prom 2016 with dancers Karen & Kevin Clifton


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The Brazilian Edition

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With the Rio Olympics now underway, we bring you a Brazilian-themed edition of our newsletter this month, including a clip from the recent 'Strictly Prom' featuring a ballroom samba to Aquarela Do Brasil by Ary Barroso. If you missed the televised version, you can still catch it on BBC iplayer at

Also, don't miss Radio 3's series of 'Composer of the Week' programmes on the Brazilian composer, Heitor Villa-Lobos, next week every day at 6.30pm!
   Upcoming ILAMS concerts

Pino Feola: 'Suite española'

Fri 5 August 2016, 1.00pm
St Martin-in-the-Fields
Trafalgar Square
United Kingdom

'Impressive Albeniz from an accomplished and original exponent.' Classical Guitar Magazine

Italian guitarist Pino Feola makes his UK debut at St Martin-in-the-Fields with a programme of his own Albéniz transcriptions, for which he is best known. Winner of the Sor Competition in Rome and the Tokyo Competition in Japan, Feola is also the recipient of the Italian National Arts Award, Premio delle Arti, awarded by the Italian Ministry of Arts, Education, Universities and Research. He is currently based in Basel, Switzerland and teaches guitar at the City of Basel Music Academy.

Isaac Albéniz Suite española Op. 47 (arr. Manuel Barrueco / Pino Feola)

This is an ILAMS event organised in collaboration with St Martin-in-the-Fields with the kind support of Hannabach Strings and Schertler Group

TICKETS Admission free; retiring voluntary collection

BOOKINGS No booking required

MORE INFORMATION 020 7766 1100 |


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Ricardo Castro Becomes First Brazilian Awarded Honourary Membership of RPS

Ricardo Castro

Ricardo Castro, an International pianist (and former winner of the Leeds Piano Competition), has become the first Brazilian to receive the Honorary Membership of the Royal Philharmonic Society, figuring since beside famous personalities in the history of Western music... READ MORE
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Cello Trio Tango Brasileiro

Tango Brasileiro: 20th-Century Brazilian Classics

Cello Trio

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Those who think that Brazilian music is defined by the samba and the bossa nova will be shocked by the Cello Trio, as they run through material by some of that country's renowned classical composers, with tangos by Ernesto Nazareth -- the father of the genre -- and opuses by both the great Heitor Villa-Lobos and the modernist Jaime M. Zenamon, among others. They open the door on a world that extends far beyond the beaches and Carnivals of Rio and Salvador, and do it in a most adventurous fashion, since a lineup of three cellos together doesn't fit as standard... READ MORE

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'Villa-Lobos was, in short, Brazil in music.'

David Ewen
Music Historian
Strictly Prom
Click HERE to watch Ary Barroso's Aquarela Do Brasil performed at the BBC Strictly Prom 2016 with dancers Karen & Kevin Clifton
   Other Concerts we Recommend this Month

                                           For complete listings please click HERE

The Intrepid Academy: 'Orphénica Lyra'

Wed 10 August 2016, 8.00pm
Jesus College Chapel
University of Cambridge
United Kingdom

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

The lyre of Orpheus was at the centre of secular vocal music throughout the Renaissance, as composers sought to rediscover the mythic power of the voice accompanied by a string instrument. The debate raged between those who believed the demi-god Orpheus had tamed the wild beasts with a plucked instrument and those who argued that it was bowed. Sixteenth-century composers used various instruments to represent the lyra – including the lute and the consort of viols. In Spain, Orpheus is also depicted as playing the vihuela da mano (for example on the title-page of Luis Milan’s collection 'El Maestro'), and Miguel de Fuenllana entitled his collection of vihuela songs and solos Orphénica Lyra – The Orphic Lyre. Featuring The Intrepid Academy, the programme uses viol consort, vihuela, lute and guitar both in instrumental works and to accompany singer Jennie Cassidy, in music from the late fifteenth-century Palace Song-book of Ferdinand and Isabella, and later songbooks. Texts range from bawdy villancicos to David’s lament for Absalom – all infused with the passion and occasional darkness of renaissance Spain.

Pre-concert talk, 'Hernando Colón's New World of Books', by Dr Edward Wilson-Lee at 7.00pm in the Webb Library, Jesus College (free to ticket holders). |

TICKETS £25 | £22 Concessions | £5 Student Standby | Admission free to under-18s (maximum of 4 per full-paying adult)

BOOKINGS 0333 666 3366 |


Prom 51: São Paulo Symphony Orchestra and Marin Alsop

Wed 24 August 2016, 7.00pm
Royal Albert Hall
Kensington Gore
United Kingdom

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

This year’s Proms focus on Latin America in the year the Olympic Games go to Rio de Janeiro heats up with a visit from the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra under its charismatic conductor Marin Alsop. Their concert is bookended by infectious, furious dances from Marlos Nobre and Rachmaninov. In between comes music from the doyen of South American composers, Heitor Villa-Lobos, and a performance of Grieg’s Piano Concerto for which the orchestra is joined by Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Montero.

Marlos Nobre Kabbalah (UK premiere)
Edvard Grieg Piano Concerto in A minor
Heitor Villa‐Lobos Bachianas brasileiras No. 4: 'Prelude'
Sergei Rachmaninov Symphonic Dances

Gabriela Montero piano | São Paulo Symphony Orchestra | Marin Alsop conductor | |

Part of BBC Proms

TICKETS £9.50 to £48 (plus booking fee)

BOOKINGS 020 7070 4410 |


‘María de Buenos Aires’: Tango Operita by Astor Piazzolla

30 August 2016 - 3 September 2016, 7.30pm
Arcola Theatre
24, Ashwin Street, Dalston
E8 3DL
United Kingdom

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

‘I hope more people discover this extraordinarily creative little company…’ Fringe Opera

Natalie Katsou returns to Grimeborn to direct María De Buenos Aires, a unique species, the only tango opera (operita, as Astor Piazzolla preferred, no relation to operetta as there is no comedy or lightness in that sense) and poetry libretto by Horacio Ferrer. It involves tango, opera, dance, puppets and a narrator/actor. This rarely-performed fascinating piece will involve a cast of three singers, a quintet orchestra, an actor and a dancing couple. We will be collaborating with Deco Ensemble, the most exciting tango quintet in London, under the musical direction of Ricardo Gosalbo, performing an arrangement by Bob Barnes, with English adaptation by Denise Moreno and Natalie Katsou. Running time: 70 minutes. This production contains violence, scenes of a sexual nature and haze. Suitable for 12+.

Deco Ensemble | Catarina Sereno soprano | Ian Helm baritone | Bianca Vrcan & Sasha El Masry tango dancers | Matthew Wade actor | Béatrice de Larragoïti cover soprano | |

Click HERE to watch a trailer

Image by Yiannis Katsaris

An Operaview production in collaboration with Deco Ensemble as part of the Grimeborn Festival 2016 at Arcola Theatre, organised with the support of St Anne's Church Hoxton

TICKETS £15 Standard | £12 Concessions | £10 or less with Arcola Passport | Advance booking strongly recommended

BOOKINGS 020 7503 1646 |


For complete listings please click HERE

7 August | Philip Thorby & Friends: 'Música en nuestros tiempos' | Jesus College Chapel
12 August | Emily Kyte Performs Spanish Songs | St James's Piccadilly, London
27 August | Jordi Savall | Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London
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