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Echoes2 Nov | St John's Smith Square
'Goyescas': Music in the Time of Goya
José Menor + The Latin Classical
Chamber Orchestra

7 Nov | St James's Piccadilly
Contemporary Granados
María Canyigueral

14 Nov | St James's Piccadilly
Cervantes 400
Elena Gragera & Antón Cardó 

15 Nov | West Road Concert Hall
'Spain the Eternal Maja’ 
Walter Aaron Clark

17 Nov | St Peter's Eaton Square
Granados-Llobet': A Centennial Voyage
Carles Trepat

24 Nov | Bolívar Hall
Great Latin American Composers
Clara Rodríguez + TangOpera Duo

25 Nov | St Martin-in-the-Fields
Granados Chamber Music
Erato Piano Trio
ILAMS is proud to announce the launch of a new festival this Autumn celebrating the very best in Latin Classical. Echoes Festival will see its first edition taking place throughout November across some of London's most prestigious classical music venues, including St Martin-in-the-Fields, St James's Piccadilly and St John's Smith Square.

The festival takes its name and inspiration from the Cuban writer Roberto Fernández Retamar, who challenged the Eurocentric cultural view of Latin America as being 'merely a disfigured echo of what occurs elsewhere'. Retamar's vocabulary continues to strongly with the reception of Luso-Hispanic classical music across the world; music which has always shared an umbilical chord with Europe but which has also developed
unique and original discourses of its own - discourses which have, in turn, produced their own 'echoes' in influencing European classical music-making practices.

Echoes Festival aims to showcase these vastly rich and vibrant classical music legacies of Latin America - and Iberia - which span more than five centuries and 22 countries across more than 21,000,000 km². With an estimated 1,000,000+ Latin people now residing in the UK, we want to foster a pluralistic appreciation of classical music within the wonderfully diverse country that is 21st-century Great Britain, to further promote a more bi-lateral understanding of British-Latin classical music relations.

The inaugural edition of Echoes Festival focuses on the 2016 centenary of the great Spanish composer Enrique Granados (1867-1916) who died in the English channel following a sojourn in the UK after his boat was torpedoed by the Germans. We also mark the centenaries of Venezuelan composer Antonio Estevez (1916-1988) and Argentine composer Alberto Ginastera (1916-1983). Featuring some of the most authentic and illustrious voices in Latin Classical today, including the virtuoso Venezuelan concert pianist, Clara Rodríguez, Catalan guitarist Carles Trepat and TangOpera, the Festival kicks off on the 2nd November with pre-eminent Spanish pianist José Menor, joined by the international flamenco star Nina Corti (pictured above), classical guitarist Laura Snowden and The Latin Classical Chamber Orchestra - see below for full details.

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ECHOES FESTIVAL | 'Goyescas': Music in the Time of Goya | José Menor + The Latin Classical Chamber Orchestra

Wed 2 November 2016, 7.00pm
St John’s Smith Square
Smith Square
United Kingdom

‘One of the most outstanding Spanish pianists.’ The Daily Telegraph

Join Spanish virtuoso pianist José Menor and The Latin Classical Chamber Orchestra on an exhilarating musical journey to 18th-century Spain as they mark the 2016 centenary of the great Spanish composer Enrique Granados (1867-1916) with a unique multi-media programme inspired by the life and times of Granados’ greatest muse, the Spanish painter Francisco de Goya (1746-1828).

Granados was fascinated by the artworks of Francisco de Goya – falling in love (in his own words) ‘with the psychology of Goya and his palette…his quarrels, loves and flatteries’. Recognised internationally as a leading exponent of Granados, the pre-eminent Spanish pianist José Menor – cited as ‘the successor to Alicia de Larrocha’ (Diario de Burgos) – will give a complete performance of Granados’ magnum opus, the monumental piano suite Goyescas alongside other sumptuous vignettes also composed under the Goya banner, as part of a commemorative world tour launched at New York’s Carnegie Hall in March.

In collaboration with the Latin Classical Chamber Orchestra and special guests including classical guitarist Laura Snowden, soprano Christin Wismann and the illustrious flamenco dancer and percussionist Nina Corti, this exuberant programme also explores the elegant musical aesthetic of Goya's era and its intoxicating effect on the Romantic imagination of Granados’ contemporaries and beyond, to the 20th-century works of de Falla and the film music of Roque Baños. Expect a colourful programme of fiery Spanish fandangosseguidillas and boleros coupled with well-known classical favourites by BeethovenScarlatti and Haydn, set against the Baroque splendour of St John's Smith Square.

Originally curated for The National Gallery as part of the 2015 blockbuster exhibition 'Goya: The Portraits', this ‘simply fascinating’ programme (Genteventos) is accompanied by a stunning visual projection of Goya artworks and will be introduced by Granados’ great-granddaughter Bárbara Granados.

‘Devastatingly sublime.’ (Music & Vision)

José Menor piano | Laura Snowden guitar | Christin Wismann soprano | Helen Glaisher-Hernández piano | Nina Corti choreography & castanets | The Latin Classical Chamber Orchestra 

Click HERE to watch a video | Click HERE to listen to an audio clip
This event is part of Echoes Festival organised by ILAMS in collaboration with the Instituto Cervantes with the kind support of Acción Cultural Española and the Embassy of Spain

Image: Detail from La Duquesa de Alba (1797) by Francisco de Goya y Lucientes (1746-1828)

On the door £30, £20, £15, £10 | Concessions 10% off
Advance bookings 25% off when quoting discount code 'BOLERO' ILAMS Members 50% off (limited availability)

BOOKINGS 020 7222 1061 |




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Catalan Pianist María Canyigueral Wins Two Medals at Global Music Awards for Granados Recording

Maria Canyigueral

Antonio Estévez Aponte Centenary (1916-1988): A Listeners' Guide


Despite the relatively small number of commercial recordings to his name, Antonio Estévez was an important figure in Venezuelan music, as we have already covered in our January Newsletter. In brief, he was an exact contemporary of Ginastera, who also after studies in his home country, went to further his education in the United States, including Tanglewood. He was an accomplished woodwind player, and for a time played the oboe in the Venezuelan Symphony Orchestra. He founded two choirs in the 1940s but made his name as a conductor and composer. The music he wrote initially adopted a folk-inspired nationalist style, typical of his generation, but he became interested in electronic music, and in 1961 travelled to Europe and lived in London and then Paris for 10 years. It was here that Estévez produced Cromovibrafonia (available to listen on Youtube) which proved to be a key turning point in his career, and he contributed music for Expo ’67 at Montreal. He later returned to Caracas and founded the... READ MORE

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'Para dibujar hay que cerrar los ojos y cantar.'

'To draw, you must close your eyes and sing.'

Pablo Picasso 


Boccherini's Fandango
Click HERE to get a taste of our 'Goyescas' event on 2nd November at St John's Smith Square as flamenco dancer Nina Corti performs Boccherini's Fandango with The Latin Classical Chamber Orchestra. Click HERE to read more and book tickets
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                                           For complete listings please click HERE

El Concierto de Aranjuez

Tue 4 October 2016, 7.30pm
Cadogan Hall
5, Sloane Terrace
United Kingdom

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

Gems from the Spanish repertoire performed by a Spanish orchestra and one of the leading guitarists of today, Craig Ogden, performing the much-loved Concierto de Aranjuez.

Spanish Symphony Orchestra (La Orquesta Clásica Santa Cecilia) | Grzegorz Nowakconductor | Craig Ogden guitar

Geronimo Giménez La boda de Luis Alonso (orch. G. Nowak)
Joaquín Rodrigo Concierto de Aranjuez
Manuel de Falla El amor brujo: 'Ritual Fire Dance'
Felix Mendelssohn Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op. 90 ‘Italian’

Part of the Zurich International Orchestra Season 2016/2017

TICKETS £42 (Premium seats) £40, £33, £27, £18

BOOKINGS 020 7730 4500 |


A Musical Feast of Brazilian & Romantic Composers

3 October 2016 - 4 October 2016, 7.00pm
Sala Brasil, Embassy of Brazil in London
14-16, Cockspur Street
United Kingdom

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

The Embassy of Brazil in London is delighted to invite you to two concerts in special homage to the 30th anniversary of the death of Francisco Mignone. Several of his works will be performed, including the piano quintet Iara, for which the score has been restored for this occasion.

Clelia Iruzun piano | Fabio Zanon guitar | Coull Quartet string quartet | Gabriella Di Lacciosoprano


Heitor Villa-Lobos String Quartet No. 5
Francisco Mignone Five Songs' Poem | Iara (European premiere) | Brazilian Dance | Etudes
Alexandre Rachid Variations on a Chinese Theme (dedicated to Clelia) (European premiere)
Radames Gnattali Sonatina


Francisco Mignone 6 Preludes | 2 Brazilian Waltzes | Song of the Black Swan | Prelude No. 1 | Etudes
Heitor Villa-Lobos Bachianas brasileiras No. 5 
Robert Schumann Piano Quintet

The event will be followed by a drinks reception 

TICKETS Admission free but booking essential




Artur Pizarro at Eaton Square Concerts

Thu 27 October 2016, 7.30pm
St Peter's Church
119, Eaton Square
United Kingdom

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

Eaton Square Concerts is proud to present world-class chamber music in the heart of London's historic Belgravia district. The outstanding acoustic and stunning neo-classical surroundings of St Peter's Eaton Square make it an ideal venue for concerts from internationally renowned performers to rising stars. On 27th October we are pleased to present the Portuguese winner of the 1990 Leeds International Piano Competition, Artur Pizarro, who performs music by three of the great composers of the Romantic era.

Robert Schumann Sonata No. 1
Johannes Brahms Waltzes Op. 39
Sergei Rachmaninov Liebesleid (trans. Fritz Kreisler) | Liebesfreud

TICKETS £18 | £12 concessions | £10 ILAMS Members | Season tickets also available for £60/£40 concessions | Ticket includes a complimentary glass of wine courtesy of Jeroboams

BOOKINGS 020 7288 6511 |


For complete listings please click HERE

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