Classical Ibe-rican News and Concerts in December
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Season's Greetings!

Now that December is upon us, are you perhaps feeling un-enthused by the promise of all those same-old Christmas services? If so, check out our concert listings at for a host of Latin Christmas concerts and carol services taking place this December to celebrate Christmas Latin-style!

Solve those Christmas gift dilemmas AND support ILAMS this December!

Christmas is the season for giving, and there's no better time in the year to support ILAMS. When shopping for Christmas gifts this season, please keep us in mind. There may be people on your list who love the arts and would appreciate having a gift donation to charity made in their name in lieu of a material gift. ILAMS is a registered charity run entirely by volunteers, and we rely on the generosity of our supporters to enable us to campaign for improved awareness of classical Iberican music in the UK. How much you choose to donate is up to you (min. £25 contribution) and we'll provide you with a festive donation certificate AND a FREE CD gift - Havana Suite by Cuban classical guitarist, Ahmed Dickinson. These can be sent either to you or directly to the recipient.
Setting up a charitable gift couldn't be easier - simply visit to sign up online. But don't delay - make sure you donate by 15th December to have your donation pack delivered in time for Christmas.

Alternatively, if you would like to invite friends and family to make a donation to ILAMS on your behalf in lieu of buying you presents, please email us at and we can send you a special email invitation to forward to your list.

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   Upcoming ILAMS concerts

Alma Duo: Spanish Music for Harp and Violin

Wed 11 December 2013, 1.10pm
St James's Church
197, Piccadilly
United Kingdom

This Spanish harp and violin duo present a recital of both well-loved and lesser-known Spanish music, including new transcriptions for harp and violin, and two world premieres of new special commissions by up-and-coming Spanish composers. Come and enjoy a little Iberian warmth in the middle of the winter chill and relax from your Christmas shopping in Central London with 50 minutes of beautiful music.

Marta Ramírez violin | Alicia Griffiths harp

Pablo Sarasate ‘Playera’ from Spanish Dances Op. 23 | Zigeunerweisen Op. 20
Manuel de Falla ‘Asturiana’ and ‘Nana’ from Canciones populares españolas | ‘Pantomime’ and ‘Danza ritual del fuego’ from El amor brujo
Álvaro González Cortés Tres estampas para violín y arpa (world premiere)
Manuel López Jorge Lembranzas de Jakobsland (world premiere)
Joaquín Turina Homenaje a Navarra Op. 102 |

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

Web site
020 7734 4511
Tickets: Admission free; suggested donation £3


Estrada do Sol (Road to the Sun)

Mon 16 December 2013, 1.00pm
St Martin-in-the-Fields
Trafalgar Square
United Kingdom

Guitarist, Adam Brown, explores the guitar’s pre-eminent role in the creative expression of Hispanic music with a programme full of warmth, melodic lyricism and dynamic rhythmic interplay. This exciting performance will highlight the guitar’s ability to cross cultures as well as bridging boundaries between classical and popular music. The recital will culminate with a song cycle performed with celebrated soprano, Charlotte Stephenson.

Enrique Granados Spanish Dance No. 5
Astor Piazzolla Cinco piezas para guitarra
Alfonso Montes Preludio de adios 
Leo Brouwer Cuban Landscape with Bells 
Antonio Lauro Maria Carolina 
Manuel de Falla Siete canciones populares espanolas |

This is an ILAMS concert organised in collaboration with St Martin-in-the-Fields

Web site
020 7766 1100
Tickets: Admission free; suggested donation £3.50

   In the News    Reviews

Spanish Pianist Escapes Seven-Year Prison Sentence for Noise Pollution

Picture of Laia Martin

A SPANISH court has acquitted a 28-year-old concert pianist on charges of causing noise pollution and psychological damage to a neighbour. The trial this month caused a storm of ridicule and disbelief when prosecutors sought a sentence of seven years. They later reduced this to 20 months... READ MORE

Morgan Szymanski on Sketches of Mexico: an Interview with Ray Picot

Sketches of Mexico


Morgan Szymanski has been a breath of fresh air to the classical guitar scene since his YCAT days, garnering praise from his peers and critics alike, drawing appreciative audiences whether playing in London or Mexico City... READ MORE



Clara Rodríguez, piano

Nimbus Alliance
NI6122 (DDD)


Venezuela, by Clara Rodríguez, presents pieces by many of Venezuela’s greatest composers past and present and provides an invaluable insight into the rich diversity of the classical music catalogue of her homeland. This is infectious, heart warming, passionate music that lifts the spirits and makes you want to smile; as Rodríguez herself says in the liner notes, it is ‘sunny music’... READ MORE

Brazil: Three Centuries of Music
Concert at the Bolivar Hall on 6th November 2013

Brazil Three Centuries


The third concert, in a series curated by the pianist Clelia Iruzun, was presented to an enthusiastic audience at the Bolivar Hall on 6th November. The series has been an exciting journey through the rich variety of Brazilian music, and the culminating concert explored a well-balanced selection of rarely heard instrumental and chamber music. Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959) was a larger than life character, and whilst his best known pieces... READ MORE

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   Video of the Month

Quote of the Month

"Geography is destiny."

Walter Aaron Clarke
American Musicologist, Head of the Centre for Iberian and Latin American Music at the University of California, Riverside, and Editor of the OUP Series, Currents in Latin American and Iberian Music

Florilegium Video
Click HERE to watch Florilegium and the Arakaendar Bolivia Choir performing Fuera, Fuera! Haganles Lugar! from the La Plata Archive, Sucre.
   Other Featured Concerts we Recommend this Month

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'A Light to the World': Christmas Carol Service

Mon 2 December 2013, 7.15pm
St James’ Roman Catholic Church, Spanish Place
22, George Street
United Kingdom

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

The Anglo Latin American Foundation invites you to an evening of musical celebration in aid of the poor children of Latin America. ALAF was formed in 1987 to bring together the Latin American community in the UK and the British public in fundraising events supporting children’s charities in Latin America. To date, ALAF has organised sixteen fairs and three Carol Services in different venues, with all the Latin American Ambassadors in attendance. Last year we were also honoured to have the Papal Nuncio amongst our visitors. Come and enjoy the music and spoken words on the 2nd December at the wonderful St James’ Church.

St James’s Church Choir | Angharad Little mezzo soprano | Liane Levens soprano | Joe Duranpiano | Robert Little tenor | Patricia Pons | Jorge Morales

Programme includes:

Hector Berlioz The Shepherds’ Farewell
John Rutter Angel’s Carol
The Lord’s Prayer
O Thou, that tellest good tidings to Zion
Ave Maria

Web site
07789 485052
Tickets: Carol Service and Reception £20.00 | Children under 12 years go free

Jean Louis Steuerman Piano Recital

Thu 5 December 2013, 6.45pm
Sala Brasil, Embassy of Brazil in London
14-16, Cockspur Street
United Kingdom

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

Pianist, Jean Louis Steuerman, was born in Rio de Janeiro into a musical family. He began his studies at the age of four and made his debut with the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra when he was just fourteen. He was a prizewinner at the 1972 J.S. Bach Competition in Leipzig and he quickly gained recognition throughout Europe as a soloist and recitalist. Steuerman has made solo appearances with the London Symphony under Claudio Abbado, and the Royal Philharmonic under both Lord Menuhin and Vladimir Ashkenazy.

J.S. Bach Partita No. 5 in G major
Heitor Villa-Lobos Bachianas brasileiras No. 4
João Guilherme Ripper Piano Sonata
Frederic Chopin Ballade No.1 in G minor

This event is supported by the Embassy of Brazil in London, the Brazilian Ministry of Culture and the Anglo-Brazilian Society

Image by Antonia Kinston

Melina Giotto
Web site
020 7747 4533
Tickets: Free, but booking is essential

Serenata Latina

Mon 9 December 2013, 7.30pm
Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road
United Kingdom

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

‘If you want to learn the secret of classical music’s perennial good health, look no further.’The Independent

Witness a unique fusion of Latin-American music, performed by internationally renowned soloists and dancers, a famous Jazz Ensemble, and a dynamic young symphony orchestra.The evening includes dance and song alongside orchestral music, and will bring a welcome flash of Latin warmth to the cold London December weather. From famous songs such as Bésame mucho,Granada and El día que me quieras, to Piazzolla tangos and orchestral masterpieces, the programme is full of variety, excitement and sensuality.

Jesus Leon tenor | Lizzie Ball violin | Nicolas Meier guitar | Suzie Thorn oboe | Raquel Greenberg and Omar Ocampo dancers | Toby Purser conductor | The James Pearson Trio| Orion Orchestra

George Gershwin Cuban Overture 
Arturo Márquez Danzón No. 2
Alberto Ginastera Dances from Estancia
Aldemaro Romero Fuga con pajarillo
ín Lara Granada
Carlos Gardel El día que me quieras | Por una cabeza
Osman P
érez Freire 'Ay ay ay'!
Consuelo Velázquez Besame mucho 
Quirino Mendoza y Cortés Cielito lindo
Astor Piazzolla Oblivion | Libertango
Manuel M. Ponce Estrellita (arr. Heifetz) | |

This event is supported by the Association of Cultural Attachés of Latin America, Spain and Portugal and Protiviti

Web site
020 7960 4200
Tickets: £32, £26, £19, £12, (£50 Premier Seats) | 20% discount ILAMS members | 50% discount concessions

For complete listings please click HERE

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