Classical Iberican News and Concerts in March
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New guitarrísimo Series Launches to a Full House!

Young flamenco guitarist, Manuel Valencia, gave the inaugural performance of our new guitarrísimo series this past Wednesday 24 February to a full house. Organised by ILAMS in collaboration with the Instituto Cervantes, guitarrísimo showcases the numerous facets and styles of guitar composition and playing in the Hispanic-Luso world.

ImageThis first concert of the series, also part of the 2016 London Flamenco Festival, took place in the intimate 100-seat setting of the Cervantes Auditorium, with optimum acoustics that allowed for a performance without any sound amplification, filters or effects. Valencia, who won the Giraldillo Award for Best New Artist at the Seville Biennial in 2014, blew the audience away with songs from his upcoming debut solo album. Bulerías, por soleá, rondeña, alegrías, minera-fandango, siguiriya: elegant and delicate, with a devilish underlying rhythm, Valencia presented the audience with the most popular flamenco styles and ended with a tribute to flamenco guitar master, Paco de Lucía, by playing his soleáGloria al Niño Ricardo. Meanwhile, de Lucía's unmistakable signature looked on proudly from the surface of the young artist’s guitar. After the concert, audience members were treated to a Spanish tipple courtesy of Wines from Spain. Thank you to our photographer, Hiro Aoyagi.

Tickets for the next event in the series, 'Cervantes and his Bigüela', with Spanish vihuela player Alfred Fernández on 21st April, are already now on sale. With the last event selling out a week before the concert we highly recommend booking in advance to avoid disappointment: For more information visit
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Valentina Díaz-Frénot

Fri 18 March 2016, 1.10pm
St James's Church
197, Piccadilly
United Kingdom

'A pianist with a clear, luminous and sensitive touch who intelligently conveys her musical ideas.' Scherzo

Leading Argentine pianist, Valentina Díaz-Frénot, returns to St James's Piccadilly with a programme commemorating the twin centenaries of Argentine composer, Alberto Ginastera, and Spanish composer, Enrique Granados, alongside works by Isaac Albéniz.

Enrique Granados Dos danzas | Goyescas 
Isaac Albéniz Suite española | Suite Iberia
Alberto Ginastera Tres danzas argentinas

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

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

TICKETS Admission free; retiring collection

BOOKINGS No booking required; seats allocated on a first-come-first-served basis



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ULPGC Teacher Unearths Manuscript of Three Unpublished Works by Enrique Granados

Oliver Curbelo

Oliver Curbelo González, a teacher in the Department of Special Didactics at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC), has unearthed a colection of five military marches by the composer Enrique Granados, three of which have never been published... READ MORE
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Contacto Tango

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Contacto Tango

Julia Rebekka
Adler, viola
José Gallardo,

This high-resolution-sound Blue-ray audio disc was issued in 2013 on the NEOS label and, as such, represents a departure from normal CD listening. However, because it is such an interesting and musically rich album I feel that despite the play-back limitation it is worth exploring. A different sound world to what we expect to hear in the tango repertoire is presented here by two German-based musicians: Julia Rebekka Adler, viola, who is partnered by the pianist José Gallardo. This interesting combination has been critically well received, and together they introduce world premiere recordings of works by Gustavo Beytelmann, Luis Borda, Pablo Aguirre and Miguel Varvello together with a collection of works of Astor Piazzolla... READ MORE
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'The love of one's country is a splendid thing. But why should love stop at the border?'

Pablo Casals
(1876 - 1973)

Catalan Cellist, 
Composer and Peace Activist
Morgan Szymanski
Click HERE to watch Morgan Szymanski performing Un día en la ciudad de México by Mexican composer Julio César Oliva
   Other Selected Concerts we Recommend this Month

                                           For complete listings please click HERE

Gabriela Montero Performs Piazzolla, Villa-Lobos and Golijov

Tue 15 March 2016, 7.30pm
Wigmore Hall
36, Wigmore Street
United Kingdom

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

One of South America’s most innovative performers, award-winning pianist Gabriela Montero, joins Scottish Ensemble for an exploration of works from two very different continents, including works from Brazil and Argentina.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Adagio and Fugue in C minor K546 | Piano Concerto in E flat major K449
Heitor Villa-Lobos Bachianas brasileiras No. 5: 'Aria (Cantilena)' (arr. John Krance for strings)
Johann Sebastian Bach The Musical Offering BWV1079 | Ricercar a6
Ástor Piazzolla 3 Pieces for Piano and Strings
Osvaldo Golijov Last Round

TICKETS £36, £30, £25, £20, £15

BOOKINGS 020 7935 2141 |


Words and Music: Cervantes, Shakespeare, Vaughan Williams and Rodrigo

Wed 16 March 2016, 3.30pm
Queens Building LT2, Streatham Campus, University of Exeter
The Queen's Drive
United Kingdom

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

Raymond Calcraft (University of Exeter, Retired) offers a paper on the relationship between literature and the music inspired by it, in the work of certain writers and composers. The essential focus will however be on short texts by Cervantes, from Don Quijote de la Mancha, and Shakespeare, from The Merchant of Venice, as set to music, respectively, by Joaquín Rodrigo and Ralph Vaughan Williams. Illustrated with brief extracts from recordings of Ausencias de Dulcinea and Serenade to Music, the lecture will attempt to show that the qualities of the chosen texts are strikingly emphasized by the two composers’ music.

TICKETS Admission Free

BOOKINGS No booking required


Fernando Cury and Márlou Peruzzolo

Thu 17 March 2016, 6.30pm
Sala Brasil, Embassy of Brazil in London
14-16, Cockspur Street
United Kingdom

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

The Ambassador of Brazil to the UK, Eduardo dos Santos, cordially invites you to a classical guitar recital given by students of the University of Aveiro in Portugal, Fernando Cury and Márlou Peruzzolo.

Arthur Kampela Study 1977 | Ponteio | Fandango | Ballad | Percussive Dances
Samuel Peruzzolo-Vieira After Ando's Church on the Water | 54 Toys
Edino Krieger Passacaglia for Fred Schneiter
Celso Lourenço Chaves Portais e a Abside (Portals and the Apse)
Ronaldo Miranda Appassionata
Click HERE to watch a video

TICKETS Admission free

BOOKINGS (Booking essential)

Sergio Tiempo Performs Ginastera with Dudamel and the LA Phil

Tue 22 March 2016, 7.30pm
Barbican Hall, Barbican Centre
Silk Street
United Kingdom

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

Dudamel and the Los Angeles Phil: the world’s hottest young conductor and his dynamic orchestra begin an adventurous London residency at the Barbican. When Gustavo Dudamelconducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the result has been described as ‘virtual combustion’. So the world’s most explosive conductor / orchestra partnership ignite their Barbican residency exactly the way you’d expect – with four fresh modern classics from the New World, including Ginastera's Piano Concerto No. 1 with soloist Sergio Tiempo. Gustavo Dudamel’s name is a byword for innovation and energy, just as the LA Philharmonic is renowned for its virtuosity and flair. And they start their London residency the way they intend to go on: giving a jolt of electricity to New World classics.

John Williams Soundings (UK premiere) 
Alberto Ginastera Piano Concerto No. 1 
Andrew Norman Play: Level 1 (UK premiere)
Aaron Copland Appalachian Spring (full orchestra version)

TICKETS £15-65


For complete listings please click HERE

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