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New Collaboration with The National Gallery
This month we are delighted to announce ILAMS' first-ever collaboration with The National Gallery in London. October saw the opening of the Gallery's new exhibition, Goya: the Portraits, which presents 70 of the artist’s most outstanding works from public and private collections around the world, including paintings, drawings, and miniatures never-before-seen in London. On 27th November ILAMS will present a specially-curated concert on the theme of Goya inspired by the exhibition at the National Gallery's spectacular Barry Rooms. See below for more details.

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'Music in the Time of Goya' at The National Gallery

Fri 27 November 2015, 6.00pm
Barry Rooms (Room 36)
The National Gallery
Trafalgar Square
United Kingdom

Image: Detail from A Picnic 1785–90 by Francisco de Goya y Lucientes © The National Gallery

ILAMS is proud to present 'Music in the Time of Goya', a chamber-music celebration of the great Spanish painter Francisco de Goya y Lucientes inspired by the National Gallery's new exhibition, Goya: the Portraits. Join us in the opulent splendour of The National Gallery's Barry Rooms as we explore the elegant musical aesthetic of Goya's era and its intoxicating effect on the Romantic imagination of 19th-century composers such as Enrique Granados, and beyond to the 20th-century works of Manuel de FallaMario Castelnuovo-Tedesco and the film music of Roque Baños. Expect a colourful programme of fiery Spanish fandangos, seguidillas and boleros alongside well-known classical favourites by Beethoven, Ravel, Scarlatti and Sor, performed by an exciting collective of leading young Iberican artists.

Amaia Azcona Cildoz soprano | Cressida Wislocki viola | Eduardo Frías piano | Elena Jáuregui violin | Evva Mizerskacello | Helen Glaisher-Hernández piano | Isabel María Martínez guitar | Violeta Barrena violin

Click HERE to watch a video by one of our featured artists
Click HERE to watch The National Gallery exhibition trailer for Goya: The Portraits

This is an ILAMS event organised in collaboration with The National Gallery with the kind support of Acción Cultural Española and the Fundación Piu Mosso, and curated by Helen Glaisher-Hernández

TICKETS Admission free

BOOKINGS No booking required. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment.



2nd Spanish Song & Zarzuela Festival

11 October 2015 - 26 November 2015Venues across London
United Kingdom

The 2nd Spanish Song and Zarzuela Festival offers a musical journey from the Argentine tangos of Astor Piazzolla and the Mexican songs of Manuel Ponce, ending at the Iberian Peninsula - itself a true melting pot, with sounds and flavours served by composers from Madrid, Castile, Catalonia, the Basque Country and Valencia. The Artistic Committee is proud to present twenty fabulous young artists of different nationalities brought together by their love of Spanish and Latin American music.

Nov 4 | Jorge de Juan: 'Ser o no ser de un Director de Zarzuela en el siglo XXI (Lecture)
Nov 5 | Jagoba Fadrique & Frances Kelly: 'Amor en extremos tales'
Nov 11 | Begoña Lolo: 'Razones de estado: El Quijote en la zarzuela' (Lecture)
Nov 19 | Susana CasasJuan de Dios Mateos & Jorge Carrasco: 'Romances'
Nov 20 | Marie Vassiliou & Nico de Villiers: 'Spain in the International Eye'
Nov 26 | Amaia Azcona Cildoz & Gavin Roberts: 'Spanish nostalgia'

Sponsored by Instituto Cervantes, Iberia, Institut Llull, Generalitat de Catalunya, University of Glasgow, ILAMS, LLA, and Song in the City

TICKETS Free - £12


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'The most perfect technique is that which is not noticed at all.'

Pablo Casals
(1876 - 1973)

Catalan Cellist, Composer and Peace Activist
Boccherini Video
Something to get you in the spirit for our upcoming concert at the National Gallery: click HERE to watch the Carmina Quartet playing the fourth movement ('Fandango') from Boccherini's Guitar Quintet G. 448 in D Major, with guitarist Rolf Lislevand and flamenco dancer Nina Corti.
   Other Selected Concerts we Recommend this Month

                                           For complete listings please click HERE

Duo Diez: 'From Granada to Buenos Aires'

Thu 12 November 2015, 7.30pm
Conway Hall
25, Red Lion Square
United Kingdom

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

'Once again Duo Diez gave a display of amazing virtuosity, musicality and energy, gratefully acknowledged by the audience.' Herald Scotland

Duo Diez is launching their brand new album From Granada to Buenos Aires at this wonderful central London venue. Duo Diez is an innovative and eclectic musical collaboration between guitarist Dimitris Dekavallas and violinist Violeta Barrena. The chosen name for the Duo originates from the spanish word 'diez' which means ten, the number of their combined strings.

Astor Piazzolla Libertango | Milonga del Angel | Verano porteño
Celso Machado Musiques populaires bréiliennes
Manuel Maria Ponce Estrellita
Carlos Gardel Por una cabeza
Ernesto Lecuona Malagueña
Federico García Lorca Canciones españolas antiguas
Pablo de Sarasate Malagueña Op. 21 | Zapateado Op. 23, No. 2

Click HERE to hear an audio clip | Click HERE to watch a video | | |

This event is sponsored by Daddario & Company


BOOKINGS 020 7405 1818 |


'Spanish Night' with Craig Ogden

Sat 14 November 2015, 7.30pm
Chester Cathedral
St Werburgh Street
Chester, Cheshire West and Chester
United Kingdom

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

Chester Philharmonic orchestra team up with the UK's best selling Classical Album artist, Craig Ogden, in a night of Spanish music to bring the warmth of Spain to a bleak British November evening.

Craig Ogden guitar | Chester Philharmonic Orchestra | Juan Ortuño conductor

Ruperto Chapi 'Prelude' to La Revoltosa
Joquín Rodrigo Concierto de Aranjuez
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov Cappricio espagnol
Georges Bizet Carmen Suites Nos. 1 & 2
Manuel de Falla The Three-Cornered Hat Suite No. 2

TICKETS £16 Front Nave, £12 Rear Nave, £9 Side Aisles | £5 schoolchildren and students

BOOKINGS 01244 500959 |

Katia Chornik: Alejo Carpentier Lecture & Book Launch with Son Yambu & Sue Miller

Mon 23 November 2015, 6.30pm
Instituto Cervantes Auditorium
102, Eaton Square
United Kingdom

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

Join us for the 5th Miguel de Cervantes Awards Lecture, Alejo Carpentier: Blurring Genres, with Dr Katia Chornik(University of Manchester) to mark the launch of her new book, Alejo Carpentier and the Musical Text.

The Swiss-born Cuban novelist Alejo Carpentier y Valmont was the first Latin American to win the Miguel de Cervantes Award. Carpentier conceptualised the notion of lo real maravilloso americano (the [Latin] American marvellous real, aka magic realism), exerting a decisive influence on the writers of the so-called Latin American Boom. Carpentier also cultivated poetry, criticism and cultural journalism, and his lesser known activity in music was similarly varied: he worked as a researcher, radio and record producer, concert promoter and writer of song lyrics and libretti. He incorporated music in his fiction extensively, more than any other Latin American writer of his time. Katia Chornik is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the University of Manchester’s Music Department. She specialises in music and literature, music and human rights, and Latin American popular music.

The event will conclude with live Cuban music by Son Yambu and special guest, Sue Miller, followed by a drinks reception. |

Organised by the Embassy of Spain Office of Cultural and Scientific Affairs & Instituto Cervantes London

TICKETS Admission free

BOOKINGS 020 7201 0752 |

Also this month

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