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New guitarrísimo Date Released

Tickets are already selling fast for the next event in the guitarrísimo series, 'Cervantes and his Bigüela', with Spanish vihuela player Alfred Fernández on 21st April at the Instituto Cervantes. If you are planning to attend, we strongly recommend booking in advance to avoid disappointment:

Looking further ahead, you can also now book for the following event, Morgan Szymanski: 'The Mexican Guitar', which takes place on the 9th June, also at the Instituto Cervantes:

For more information on the guitarrísimo series visit We hope to see you there!
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guitarrísimo: 'Cervantes and his Bigüela' with Alfred Fernández

Thu 21 April 2016, 7.00pm
Instituto Cervantes Auditorium
102, Eaton Square
United Kingdom

‘Fernández produces colours of crystalline beauty, creating a dreamlike, magical and fantastical atmosphere.’ (Compact CD Magazine)

London’s new guitar classical series, guitarrísimo, celebrates the Latin roots of the guitar – Spain's national instrument par excellence – and continues with a solo concert by the illustrious early guitarist Alfred Fernández in commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the death of Miguel de Cervantes. A precursor of the classical guitar, the vihuela rose to prominence in 16th-century Spain to become one of the most popular classical instruments of its day. It also features conspicuously in the work of Cervantes, whose father is reported to have been an avid fan of the instrument. Fernández will perform a choice programme of 16th-century Spanish vihuela music by its foremost composers, interspersed with narrated Sonnets and Epitaphs by the great Spanish Golden Age author. Join us in the beautifully-renovated Auditorium at the Instituto Cervantes to bask in the warm and colourful guitar music of Spain.

Enríquez de Valderrábano Et resurrexit | Benedictus | Pleni sunt | Agnus dei | Cinco fantasías
Luis de Narváez Cuatro fantasías
Miguel de Fuenllana Si amores me han de matar | ¿Con qué la lavaré? | Morenica dame un beso
Luis de Milán Cinco fantasías
Esteban Daza Dame acogida en tu ato | Nunca más verán mis ojos | Gritos daba la morenica
Diego de Pisador Dezilde al cavallero | Guarte guarte el rey don Sancho | Fantasía | Si la noche haze escura

PLUS Join us after the concert for a complimentary glass of Spanish wine!

Click HERE to listen to an audio clip

This is an ILAMS event organised in collaboration with the Instituto Cervantes with the kind support of The Lute Society and Wines from Spain.


Advance bookings: £12, £10 Concessions, £8 Members of ILAMS (limited availability - please email for the discount code)

On the door: £16, £14 Concessions, £12 Members of ILAMS (limited availability - please email for the discount code)

We recommend booking in advance to avoid disappointment.

BOOKINGS 0800 411 8881 (lines open 24/7) |



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Argentina's Most International Composer Gets His Global Moment

Image by Arnaldo Colombaroli: A performance of “Beatrix Cenci,” by Alberto Ginastera, at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires in 2016.


This season, to commemorate the centenary of Ginastera’s birth, orchestras around the world are delving into not just well-known compositions such as the Harp Concerto or “Estancia” Dances but his entire opus... READ MORE


Ray Picot Toasts the Centenaries of Granados and Ginastera with a Survey of Recent Recording Releases


One hundred years ago, the music world witnessed the tragic death of Enrique Granados and the birth of Alberto Ginastera. Two very different composers, who both have been subject to some degree of musical indifference, but with their centenaries upon us, hopefully now time for critical reassessment. The record companies have already started to release new recordings, so having now listened to some of these I am including the best in this first Anniversary review. It should not be forgotten that 2016 also marks the centenary of the Venezuelan composer, Antonio Estévez, who will be the subject of a separate piece later this year.

It is perhaps less well-known that Granados contributed actively to the growth of new music for chamber ensembles in Spain, both through his own music and also as a chamber pianist, in which capacity he attained international recognition. Hoping to settle in Madrid... READ MORE

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Frédéric Chopin
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Click HERE to watch Uruguayan baritone Erwin Schrott performing Rojotango by Pablo Ziegler
   Other Concerts we Recommend this Month

                                           For complete listings please click HERE


St Paul's Sinfonia with Elena Riu & Stephen Kennedy

Fri 15 April 2016, 7.30pm
St Alfege Church
United Kingdom

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

'Full marks for a superb performance... Andrew Morley and his orchestra are to be watched.' Seen and Heard

Elena Riu piano | Stephen Kennedy baritone | Andrew Morley conductor | St Paul's Sinfonia

St Paul’s Sinfonia is a chamber orchestra based in Greenwich and Lewisham, south London. Its concert series has been running since 2004, and in September 2015 the orchestra enters its twelfth season of concerts. The Sinfonia prides itself on its wide repertoire, from Romantic symphonies to smaller Baroque masterpieces, and from some of the earliest music for chamber orchestra to brand-new commissions.

Alberto Ginastera Variaciones concertantes
Manuel de Falla Nights in the Gardens of Spain
Gustav Mahler Kindertotenlieder

TICKETS £12 | £10 Concessions

BOOKINGS Tickets available on the door from 7.00pm


Clara Rodríguez: 'Alma llanera'

Sat 16 April 2016, 7.30pm
St James's Church
197, Piccadilly
United Kingdom

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

 'A poet of the piano.' Antonio Estévez

Acclaimed Venezuelan pianist Clara Rodríguez plays a concert in the heart of London at St James's Piccadilly. A thrilling evening of the richly diverse music of Latin America that is guaranteed to lift the spirits. As played by Clara Rodriguez, one of the foremost of today's exponents of this repertoire, it is infectious and certain to make you smile. 'Alma llanera' ('Soul of the Plains') is a vibrant insight into the rich diversity of the music catalogue of Latin America with infectious, heart-warming music performed by the pre-eminent exponent of the Latin American piano music on the world stage Clara Rodríguez. Music from the USA, Haiti, Venezuela, Cuba, Brazil, Colombia and Argentina in a programme that will include:

Simón Díaz Caballo viejo
Antonio Estévez Canciones infantiles
Genaro Prieto Apure en un viaje
Juan Carlos Núñez Retrato de Aldemaro Romero
Ernesto Nazareth Tangos
George Gershwin Preludes
Pedro Elías Gutiérrez Alma llanera

TICKETS £18.00 | £15.00 Concessions | £15 ILAMS Members (please email for the discount code)


From the House of Love: 'Un romance español' with Casa Margarita

Sat 23 April 2016, 8.45pm
The Stables MK
Stockwell Lane
Wavendon, Milton Keynes
MK17 8LU
United Kingdom

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

‘A fabulous event of storytelling, song and music making, with great musicians, stunning Spanish music and virtuosic castanets. This is Casa Margarita’s latest – and most compelling – production. Not to be missed!‘ 
BBC Radio Oxford

Acclaimed ensemble Casa Margarita appear at this world-class music theatre venue with more captivating tales, music and song from La Casa del Amor in this Spanish romance illustrated with wild performances from Margarita herself, surprising entertainment, sensational percussion and virtuosic castanet-playing! This intimate show combines the beautiful music of Spanish composers GranadosRodrigoFallaTorrobaAlbéniz and others with an outpouring of wonderful tales. Performed in London's West End last Autumn, with sell out performances.

Nicola Harrison script/voice/percussion | Guy Newbury piano | Edward Brenton violin | Gerard Cousins guitar/percussion | Benito Cousens narrator/percussion

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

Image by John Batten

TICKETS £12 on the door | £10 in advance | £7 ILAMS Members (available on phone bookings only; please email for discount code)

BOOKINGS 01908 280800 |

MORE INFORMATION 07733 448279 | |


14th April | Wigmore Hall | Javier Camarena & Ángel Rodriguez
19th April | St Martin-in-the-Fields | Artur Pereira
24th April | Kings Place | Barbara Nissman Celebrates Ginastera 100

For complete listings please click HERE

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