Classical Iberican News and Concerts in February
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Featured image: The Canarian choir, Cantares, performing in Tenerife
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Violeta SquarePlease note that we have now migrated our Flickr page to a new address. Go to 
or click on the icon at the top of this message to check out our latest event photo albums, including all the sumptuous images taken by photographer Alan Barnes at our recent National Gallery concert, 'Music in the Time of Goya'. Enjoy!

Pictured right: Violinist, Violeta Barrena. Image by Alan Barnes.
   Upcoming ILAMS concerts

guitarrísimo: Manuel Valencia

Wed 24 February 2016, 7.30pm
Instituto Cervantes Auditorium
102, Eaton Square
United Kingdom

London’s new guitar classical series, guitarrísimo, celebrates the Latin roots of the guitar - Spain's national instrument par excellence - launching with a solo concert by exciting young virtuoso and rising flamenco star, Manuel Valencia, performing a selection of his own compositions, as part of the London Flamenco Festival.

PLUS Join us for a wine reception!

Manuel Valencia grew up with a guitar under his arm. He studied with his uncle, Fernando Terremoto, before being recruited by Gerardo Núñez to join his ensemble, with whom he has toured internationally. A great song accompanist, Valencia has underpinned the voices of Vicente Soto 'Sordera', Manuel Agujetas, José Mercé, Pansequito, Aurora Vargas, Tomasa 'La Macanita' Juana del Pipa, Fernando Terremoto as well as newer voices like Felipa Moreno, Jesús Méndez and David Carpio. As a concert soloist he made his debut in 2010 at the Festival of Jerez, which paved the way for subsequent appearances at the Seville Biennial, the Festival de la Mistela, Mont de Marsan and Suma Flamenca. In 2014 he won the ‘Revelation Giraldillo’ of the Bienal de Sevilla “for his original contributions to traditional toque”. His first solo album is shortly due for release.

Manuel Valencia Gandinga (bulería por soleá) | Entre mis manos (rondeña) | La fuente nueva(alegrías) | Velo de flor (minera-fandango) | A mi tío Manuel Morao (siguiriya) | Neferet (bulería)

Click HERE to watch a video

This is an ILAMS event organised in collaboration with the Instituto Cervantes and the London Flamenco Festival

TICKETS On the door: £14, £12 Concessions, £10 Members of ILAMS | In advance: £10, £8 Concessions, £6 Members of ILAMS | Advance booking strongly recommended


MORE INFORMATION 020 7235 0353 |


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The Century of Antonio Estévez

Antonio Estevez
Image by Carlos Cruz-Diez


The 3rd January 2016 heralded the centenary celebrations of the Venezuelan composer Antonio Estévez... READ MORE
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Kazu Suwa

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Guitar Recital

Kazu Suwa (guitar)

Kazu Suwa’s self-released debut album of Spanish and Latin American guitar music is an ambitious traversal of a much-performed idiom. For me the risk of including 22 relatively short pieces over a generous 76 minutes pays off, when we are treated to this succession of beautifully-conceived and thoughtful performances. The pieces flow seamlessly from one to the next, so it works on that level as well as from self-selections. I will also add at this point, with so many pieces... READ MORE
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'Music...can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable.'

Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990) 

Panamericanist composer, conductor, author, music lecturer and pianist
Click HERE to watch a live performance of three songs from Granados' Tonadillas escritas en estilo antiguo at The National Gallery in November 2015 as part of the ILAMS event 'Music in the Time of Goya'. With Nina Corti (improvised dance), Amaia Azcona Cildoz (soprano) and Helen Glaisher-Hernández (piano).
   Other Selected Concerts we Recommend this Month

                                           For complete listings please click HERE

Spanish Premieres by Maria Canyigueral

Mon 8 February 2016, 1.10pm
Blackheath Halls, Recital Room
23 Lee Road
United Kingdom

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

'A pianist with a great personality and sensitivity'. La Vanguardia

Spanish pianist Maria Canyigueral performs two UK premieres by Spanish composers.

Haydn Sonata in E minor Hob. XVI: 34
Guix Drizzle Draft (UK premiere)
Casablancas Una pàgina per Chopin (UK premiere)
Berg Sonata Op. 1
Montsalvatge Sonatine pour Yvette
Scriabin Preludes Op. 11 (selection)

A light lunch is available prior to the recital

TICKETS Free admission (retiring donation)

MORE INFORMATION 020 8463 0100 |


Tomas Luis de Victoria, Requiem Mass 1605

Wed 17 February 2016, 7.30pm
Hall One, Kings Place
90, York Way
N1 9AG
United Kingdom

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

Removed from its liturgical, historical and architectural setting and performed in a concert hall,Victoria’s Requiem remains a monumental, stunning work of Renaissance art. In this new collaboration, the work is set in a new context: early music ensemble The Musicall Compass’s performance is linked by solo improvisations by the brilliant young guitarist/composer Laura Snowden.

Crispin Lewis director | Claire Tomlin soprano | Emily Atkinson soprano | Ian Aitkenhead alto | Paul Bentley-Angell tenor | Chris Lombard tenor | Adrian Horsewood baritone | Laura Snowden guitar |

TICKETS £14.50, £19.50, £24.50

BOOKINGS 020 7520 1490 |


For complete listings please click HERE

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