Classical Iberican News and Concerts in September
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Javier Herguera Torres: UK Debut

Wed 7 September 2016, 1.10pm
St James's Church
197, Piccadilly
United Kingdom

Pianist Javier Herguera Torres makes his UK debut with a programme of Romantic and Contemporary repertoire from his native Spain, including the world premiere of Alejandro Román's Ewig and a self-penned piece written in homage to Enrique Granados to mark the composer's 2016 centenary.

Manuel de Falla El sombrero de tres picos (selection)
Javier Herguera Torres Homenaje a Granados (improvisación)
Miguel Bustamante Cinco por cinco (pequeño estudio)
Juan Antonio Simarro Sueño No. 3
Jorge Grundman In the Still of the Night
Alejandro Román Ewig Op. 58 (world premiere)
Isaac Albéniz Suite Iberia (selection)

Click HERE to watch a clip

This is an ILAMS concert organised in collaboration with St James's Piccadilly with the kind support of the Fundación Piu Mosso

TICKETS Admission free; retiring collection

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



guitarrísimo | Piraí Vaca: 'Angel of the Rain'

Wed 21 September 2016, 7.00pm
St Peter's Church
119, Eaton Square
United Kingdom

*Please note change of venue*

'One of Latin America's greatest guitarists...’ The Washington Post 

London’s new classical guitar series, guitarrísimo, celebrates the Latin roots of the guitar – Spain's national instrument par excellence – and continues with a recital by the legendary Bolivian guitarist, Piraí Vaca making a much-awaited UK appearance. A recipient of many international prizes, including the Fellowship of the Americas awarded by the John F. Kennedy Centre for Performing Arts, Vaca is known for his charismatic stage presence, prodigious technique and profound musical spirituality. Join us in the beautifully atmospheric space that is St Peter's Eaton Square to bask in the warm and colourful guitar music of Spain, Cuba and Argentina, alongside exuberant classical rarities from the artist's native Bolivia.

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

Enrique Granados Danza No. 5 (arr. Piraí Vaca)
Isaac Albéniz Serenata española (arr. Piraí Vaca)
Gilberto Rojas Guadalquivir (arr. Fernando Arduz)
Alfredo Domínguez Feria (arr. Piraí Vaca)
Jorge Luna Alma cruceña (arr. Piraí Vaca)
Eduardo Martín Preludio y Son
Traditional Bolivian Danza del Altiplano (arr. Leo Brouwer)
Quique Sinesi Cielo abierto
Francisco Tárrega Variaciones sobre la jota aragonesa
Cergio Prudencio El ángel de la lluvia

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

Image by Enrique Menacho

This event is a collaboration between ILAMS and the Instituto Cervantes with the kind support of The Embassy of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, the Anglo Bolivian Society and Wines from Spain

Advance bookings: £12, £10 Concessions, £8 Members of ILAMS (limited availability)
On the door: £16, £14 Concessions, £12 Members of ILAMS (limited availability) | We recommend booking in advance to avoid disappointment
Ticket includes a complimentary glass of Spanish wine!

BOOKINGS 0800 411 8881 (lines open 24/7)




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The Journal Revista Musical de Venezuela Makes a Digital Come-back

Revista Musical de Venezuela


(In Spanish)

The Venezuelan academic music journal, Revista Musical de Venezuela, is due to be revived in digital format by the Venezuelan 
Ministerio del Poder Popular para la Cultura and the Fundación Compañía Nacional de Música... READ MORE

Brazilian Impressions


Rio 2016 and the visit to The Proms by the Sao Paolo Symphony provides a timely reminder of the cornucopia of music that has poured from the pen of Brazilian composers since the end of the 19th century. It is fair to say that Brazil’s most prolific music ambassador in the last 100 years has been Heitor Villa-Lobos, and in that respect we have been very served with some excellent recordings. In recent years we have heard more from the next generation of composers including Francisco Mignone, Camargo Guarnieri and Marlos Nobre, though at a frustratingly slow pace. But what of other luminaries like Almeida Prado, Osvaldo Lacerda, Cesar Guerra-Peixe, Brenno Blauth, Claudio Santoro, Radames Gnattali and Edino Krieger, to name but a few, for whom you invariably have to delve into unofficial blog sites (with the risk of copyright infringement) and Youtube? There are also concert video recordings by some regional orchestras playing rare repertoire by Brazilain composers, though the recorded quality can be variable.

However, I am delighted to direct you to a genuine high-quality source from... READ MORE

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Quote of the Month

'La vida es polifónica...
cada voz es necesaria.'

'Life is polyphonic...
every voice is necessary.'

José María Vitier 
Cuban pianist and composer
Click HERE to watch The Aglaia Trio performing 'Basatxoritxu No. 3' from Three Basque Folk Songs arranged by Francisco Javier Jáuregui. From the CD Secretos quiero descubrir (ABU Records). Shot at the Fábrica de Armas, Eugi, Navarre. 
   Other Concerts we Recommend this Month

                                           For complete listings please click HERE

Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra & Gustavo Dudamel

Sun 4 September 2016, 3.45pm
Royal Albert Hall
Kensington Gore
United Kingdom

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

The incomparable Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra makes a return following its second appearance at the Proms back in 2011. As part of our celebration this year of South American music and musicians, we hear the performance of Venezuelan composer Paul Desenne’sHipnosis mariposa and Heitor Villa-Lobos’s orchestral tribute to J. S. Bach. This most thrusting of orchestras ends with Ravel’s dizzying parody of a fin de siècle waltz, La valse. A Proms hot ticket if ever there was one.

Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra | Gustavo Dudamel conductor

Paul Desenne Hipnosis mariposa (UK premiere)
Heitor Villa-Lobos Bachianas brasileiras No. 2
Maurice Ravel Daphnis and Chloe – Suite No. 2 | La valse

Part of BBC Proms 2016

TICKETS £7.50 - £97

BOOKINGS 020 7589 8212 |


Sebastián de Vivanco: Missa pro defunctis

Sat 17 September 2016, 7.30pm
Jesus College Chapel
Jesus Lane
United Kingdom

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

Sebastián de Vivanco is one of the greatest composers of the Spanish Golden Age, but is also one of its most neglected. Unfortunately he was born in Ávila at the same time as Tomás Luis de Victoria. Blinded by the stunning brilliance of Victoria, scholars and performers are only now starting to appreciate Vivanco’s worth. Educated in music by Bernardino de Ribera and Juan Navarro, Vivanco served as maestro de capilla at the cathedrals of Lérida, Segovia, Ávila and finally at Salamanca. He was appointed Professor of Music at Salamanca University and published his music in three lavish volumes. The music in these volumes show him to have been one of the superlative composers of his time. Bruno Turner has dedicated his life to researching and publishing music from renaissance Spain and is founding editor of Mapa Mundi Editions. He now joins with the men of De Profundis to celebrate his 85th birthday with a concert of music by this neglected Spanish master.

De Profundis Bruno Turner conductor

Sebastián de Vivanco Missa pro defunctis: 'Requiem' | Lamentations for Maundy Thursday | Lamentations for Holy Saturday | Parce mihi, Domine | Ante diem festum Paschae | De profundis | Vexilla regis | Domine secundum actum meum | Crux fidelis | Circumdederunt me |

Image: Stained-glass window at Jesus College Chapel, Cambridge

TICKETS £16, £12 Concessions


Becca Marriott: 'Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition'

Tue 27 September 2016, 10.30am
Caversham Room at Cadogan Hall
5, Sloane Terrace
United Kingdom

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

'Becca Marriott looked every inch the diva and sung with passionate relish.' The Telegraph

Violence, Religion, Power and Lust: Why did Spain prove such a fruitful backdrop for the most famous European composers of the 19th century? In this lecture, Becca Marriott will look at why the Iberian Peninsula is so heavily populated with great operatic characters: from Figaro and Don Giovanni to Carmen and Don Carlos. Focussing primarily on a selection of the Spanish operas of Verdi, Massenet and Bizet she will take us on a tour of Spain: through war, religion and monarchy, to sexual violence and deceit.

Becca Marriott soprano | Natalie Burch piano |

Part of Opera Prelude Lecture Series 2016


BOOKINGS 07908 894333 |


El Concierto de Aranjuez

Tue 4 October 2016, 7.30pm
Cadogan Hall
5, Sloane Terrace
United Kingdom

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

Gems from the Spanish repertoire performed by a Spanish orchestra and one of the leading guitarists of today, Craig Ogden, performing the much-loved Concierto de Aranjuez.

Spanish Symphony Orchestra (La Orquesta Clásica Santa Cecilia) | Grzegorz Nowakconductor | Craig Ogden guitar

Geronimo Giménez La boda de Luis Alonso (orch. G. Nowak)
Joaquín Rodrigo Concierto de Aranjuez
Manuel de Falla El amor brujo: 'Ritual Fire Dance'
Felix Mendelssohn Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op. 90 ‘Italian’

Part of the Zurich International Orchestra Season 2016/2017

TICKETS £42 (Premium seats) £40, £33, £27, £18

BOOKINGS 020 7730 4500 |



For complete listings please click HERE            
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