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The London Classical Guitar Festival is Back!
ILAMS' most popular event, the London Classical Guitar Festival, is back this September from the 20th-25th with an exciting line-up of young, talented guitarists taking to the stage at the Bolívar Hall and the Instituto Cervantes. We've posted the Festival summary below and you can view full listings at Thanks to the generous donations of our patrons at last year's Festival we are pleased to announce that entry remains free, plus all are welcome to join us in a complimentary wine reception at the after-show party at the Festival close on the 25th September.

As ever, ILAMS members can reserve seats in advance - please email us at If you are not a member of ILAMS and would like to join the Society, please register at We hope to see you there!

New Concert Series at the Instituto Cervantes
This month we are also proud to announce the launch of a new monthly concert series in collaboration with the Instituto Cervantes, aimed at providing a platform to promising young musicians at the start of their career, whilst offering audiences a unique opportunity to enjoy the diversity of colour, vitality and exuberance that Iberian and Latin American music is famous for. British classical guitarist Manus Noble kicks off the series on the 23rd September. Join us after the concert for a complimentary wine reception.

Mes Amigo / Amigo Month
For the second year running we are delighted to be presenting our September events under the umbrella of the Mes Amigo ('Amigo Month'), an initiative launched in 2013 by the Iberian American Alliance to celebrate Luso-Hispanic culture in Great Britain. Taking place between the 7th September and the 12th October, Amigo Month incorporates over 100 cultural events celebrating the presence of one million Latinos, Hispanics and Lusophones in the UK. To find out more about the Mes Amigo and the work of the IAA visit

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   Upcoming ILAMS concerts

London Classical Guitar Festival

20 September 2014 - 25 September 2014, 7.30pm
Bolívar Hall
54, Grafton Way
United Kingdom

The London Classical Guitar Festival is back with an exciting line-up for 2014!

Established in 1995, the LCGF is the UK's first and only festival dedicated to the classical guitar. We celebrate the Latin roots of our favourite musical instrument with a feast of music from Spain, Portugal and Latin America performed by leading artists from around the world. Organised by ILAMS in collaboration with the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, the Cervantes Institute, the Seville International Guitar Competition and Making Music, the Festival's natural home, the Bolívar Hall, provides an acoustic unrivalled in the UK for classical guitar, and a vibrant atmosphere in which to enjoy this colourful repertoire. The guitar is at the heart of Latin classical music culture, so for anyone wishing to become better acquainted with Iberican classical music, the LCGF is a 'must'.

PLUS join us at the Festival after-show party on the 25th September for a complimentary glass of wine!

20th September - Morgan Szymanski
21st September - Aquarelle Guitar Quartet
22nd September - Thibaut García
23rd September - Manus Noble*
24th September - Agnew-McAllister Duo
25th September - Francesco Mariani + Complimentary wine reception

*Please note that this event takes place at the Instituto Cervantes, 102 Eaton Square, London SW1W 9AN. For bookings and further information please contact: | 0207 201 0752

Tickets: Admission free (retiring collection - suggested donation £5); no booking required. ILAMS members may reserve seats. | | 020 7388 5788

Spanish and Latin American Concert Series at the Cervantes: Manus Noble

Tue 23 September 2014, 7.30pm
Instituto Cervantes
102, Eaton Square
United Kingdom

‘Stylishly presented...Manus Noble made a powerful, poised impression.’ The Telegraph

In collaboration with the Instituto Cervantes, ILAMS launches a new concert series in London aimed at providing a platform to promising young musicians at the start of their career, whilst offering audiences a unique opportunity to enjoy the diversity of colour, vitality and exuberance that Iberian and Latin American music is famous for. British classical guitarist Manus Noble inaugurates the series with a solo concert of Spanish, Latin American and British works, including some of own compositions. A former student of Craig Ogden and Gary Ryan at both the Royal College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music, Noble is rapidly gaining recognition as one of the rising stars of the British classical guitar world.

Join us after the concert for a complimentary wine reception.

Astor Piazzolla Verano porteño
Leo Brouwer Berceuse (Canción de cuna) | Un día de noviembre
Roland Dyens 'Fuoco' from Libra sonatine
Agustín Barrios Mangoré Un sueño en la floresta 
Yuquijiro Yocoh Sakura: Theme and Variations
Gary Ryan Hot Club Francais
Isaac Albéniz Mallorca
Manus Noble Inishowen
Click HERE to watch a video.

This event is part of the Spanish and Latin American Concert Series at the Cervantes organised by ILAMS in collaboration with the Instituto Cervantes, and the London Classical Guitar Festival, organised in conjunction with the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. Kindly supported by Making Music’s Philip & Dorothy Green Award for Young Concert Artists scheme.

Tickets: £12 on door | £10 in advance | Members of ILAMS / IC 50% off all tickets. Ticket includes complimentary wine reception.
Bookings020 7201 0752


Amaia Azcona Cildoz & Jorge Carrasco

Wed 24 September 2014, 1.10pm
St James's Church
197, Piccadilly
United Kingdom

'A voice of liquid velvet.' Music & Vision

Amaia Azcona Cildoz is a unique voice amongst the new generation of Spanish sopranos. Armed with an outstandingly beautiful instrument and a rare dynamic expressive aptitude, she has captivated audiences across Spain and the UK, including appearances at Wigmore Hall and LSO St Luke's. A recent graduate of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama where she worked under the tutelage of leading figures such as Emma Kirkby and Roger Vignoles, she has won numerous competitions, including the Lillian Ash French Song Competition, and is a Concordia Foundation and Live Music Now artist. She joins forces with Spanish pianist Jorge Carrasco in a programme of Fauré and classic Spanish art songs.

Federico García Lorca Canciones populares españolas
Gabriel Fauré Poème d´un jour, Op. 21 | Claire de lune, Op. 46 | Chanson d´amour, Op. 27 | Fleur jetée, Op. 39
Joaquín Rodrigo Cuatro madrigales amatorios
Isaac Albéniz Suite española, Op. 21
Manuel de Falla Siete canciones populares españolas

Click HERE to listen to an audio clip.

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

Web site
020 7734 4511
Tickets: Admission free (retiring collection); no booking required

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   Video of the Month

Quote of the Month

'A veces, un sutil toque de imperfección hace las cosas más hermosas.'

'Sometimes a subtle touch of imperfection makes things more beautiful.'

José María Vitier (1954-)
Cuban pianist and composer
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Click HERE to get a taste for what's on offer at this year's London Classical Guitar Festival with a video of the Aquarelle Guitar Quartet promoting their new album, Cuatro.
   Other Selected Concerts we Recommend this Month

                                           For complete listings please click HERE   

Jose Zalba-Smith presents: The Mañana Collective

Sat 27 September 2014, 7.30pm
St James's Church
197, Piccadilly
United Kingdom

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

The Mañana Collective came about when Cuban flautist Jose Zalba-Smith met some really talented musicians at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. They bonded over their shared love of Latin rhythm and the rest, as they say, is history! The Mañana Collective love to add Latin American flavour to the mix, creating their own arrangements of incredible tunes from Africa, Cuba, Brazil and beyond. Recent performances include CafeJazz Cardiff, Taliesen Arts Centre- Swansea University, Walthamstow Street Festival July 2014 and St James’s Piccadilly featuring former member of the Buena Vista Social Club Orchestra and Afro Cuban All Stars, Javier Zalba. They present a mix of well-known Latin tunes to include: ManiseroSamba da astronautaSanto AntonioJegueForro BrasilSon de la Loma and Dos gardenias.

Image and Art Work by Helen Zalba-Smith

Web site
07877 831192
Tickets: £20 | £18 | £15 | ILAMS Members £5 off all tickets.


Nils Klöfver: 'Tango en Skaï', 14 September at Kings Place
Sergio Tiempo and Karin Lechner: 'La Belle Epoque', 14 September at Kings Place
BritishSpanish Society Concert: 16 September at St James's Roman Catholic Church

LSSO & Jamie Barton: 'Hispanic Heroes', 22 September at the Barbican

For complete listings please click HERE
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