Classical Iberican News and Concerts in July
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Welcome to the July edition of our newsletter!
Summer Holiday
ILAMS is now winding down for the summer period, but we'll be back in September with an exciting programme of events. In the meantime, stay tuned here to keep up to date with other Latin classical events happening across the UK. We hope to see you again in September with the launch of our Autumn series of concerts at St James's Piccadilly on the 18th. (More info below.)

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   Upcoming ILAMS concerts

Amaia Azcona & Morgan Szymanski

Fri 18 September 2015, 1.10pm
St James's Church
197, Piccadilly
United Kingdom

'A brilliant performance.' Opera Now | 'A player destined for future glories.' Classical Guitar Magazine

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. She joins forces with pre-eminent British-Mexican guitarist and multiple-competition-winner, Morgan Szymanski, in a new collaboration showcasing the exuberant and compelling art song repertoire of Spain and Latin America. Enjoy a kaleidoscopic programme of Latin treats, including sweet Mexican serenades, fiery Spanish dances and passionate Brazilian choros.

Manuel de Falla Siete canciones populares
Heitor Villa-Lobos Modinha | Bachianas brasileiras No. 5
Julio César Oliva Por siempre Sabines
Anon Duélete de mi Señora De Antequera sale el Moro | De los Álamos vengo
Federico García Lorca Las tres morillas de Jaén | Nana de Sevilla | El Café de Chinitas |

Click HERE to listen to an audio clip

This is an ILAMS concert organised in collaboration with St James's Piccadilly, with the kind support of Anglo Arts and the Government of Mexico during the Year of Mexico in the UK

TICKETS: Admission free | Retiring collection

BOOKINGS: Unreserved seating; no booking required



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The Rise of the Latin Symphony

Rise of the Latin Symphony


The Symphony as a musical genre may not have attracted so many composers in the Latin countries when compared to their Northern European counterparts, which may be something to do with temperament as much as cultural differences. However, it is surprising that after Tomas Breton, Ruperto Chapi and Miguel Marques, there were a surprising number written...

Havana Suite


The Havana Suite

Ahmed Dickinson & Trio Mestizo

Cubafilin Records
The origin of Ahmed Dickinson Cardenas’ 2011 release, The Havana Suite, was a tour the previous year as part of Making Tracks, where he was accompanied by the Cuban percussionist Hammadi Rencurrell and the violinist, Emma Blanco (aka Trio Mestizo), and together they featured the music of their fellow Cuban, Eduardo Martín. Through this tour the musicians developed a deep affection and understanding of the music which they have brought to this outstanding album. The album is an exploration of the music of Edward Martín, a renowned Cuban composer and guitarist, with whom Dickinson Cardenas studied (and also toured with this year). Clearly this is music close to his heart, as it takes flight time and time again. The compositions have manifold personalities from art music to a more folk-inflected idiom, and is interpreted with as much variety, from the trio, to mixed duos with guitar, to solos and even a vocal. For me the heart of this recital is the beguiling and intimate Canciones del calendario, for solo guitar. These are 12 short but memorable vignettes... READ MORE
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'Hay que pensar siempre en Cuba, y laborar para Cuba... ¡Este ha sido mi lema!'

'We must always think of Cuba, and labour in the service of Cuba. This has been my motto!'

Ernesto Lecuona

Cuban Pianist and Composer
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...OK, so this is not classical music, but if you like salsa and Michael Jackson you'll LOVE this
   Other Selected Concerts we Recommend this Month

                                           For complete listings please click HERE


Deco Ensemble: New Album Launch Concert

Thu 9 July 2015, 8.00pm
Southbank Centre's Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall
Belvedere Road
United Kingdom

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

Established in 2013, the London-based Deco Ensemble has been described as an ‘exceptional’ ensemble ‘of the highest calibre’, with a ‘strong and highly individual voice’. Their adventurous programming and virtuoso performances display extraordinary breadth and creativity. This concert will mark the launch of their new album titled Encuentro. They will perform pieces featured on the recording, along with other exciting contemporary tango music written by the likes of Gustavo Beytelmann, Frédéric Devreese, Ramiro Gallo and Astor Piazzolla.

Sabina Rakcheyeva violin | Bartosz Glowacki accordion/bandoneon | Ricardo Gosalbo piano |Rob Luft electric guitar | Elena Marigómez double bass

Gustavo Beytelmann Travesía (La liberté guidant le peuple) | Encuentro
Frédéric Devreese Passage à 5 Final Game IV
Ramiro Gallo El último kurdo | Las malenas
Astor Piazzolla Mumuki | Triunfal | Oblivion | Milonga del Ángel | La muerte del Ángel |Resurrección del Ángel | Tango del Diablo

Click HERE to watch a clip

Image by Magdalena Paszko

TICKETS £10 | £5 Concessions | £1.75 Transaction fee

BOOKINGS 020 7960 4200 |


Classical Kicks Presents: 'Spain and Latin America'

Mon 27 July 2015, 8.00pm
St James Theatre Studio
12, Palace Street
United Kingdom

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

'Classical Kicks strives for a fundamental truth, the connection between performer and audience, whatever the context.' Huffington Post

To celebrate the year of Mexico and the UK in the arts, Lizzie Ball welcomes internationally-renowned Mexican classical performers Morgan Szymanski and Alejandro Escuer. The programme consists of Mexico´s top composers, such as Grammy-Nominated Gabriela Ortíz as well as Alejandro Escuer´s own compositions. Joined by flamenco percussionist Demi García, they will play a 'mezcla' of Mexican song, Argentine tango with Raquel Greenberg and Spanishalegrías. Includes music by Piazzolla, Gardel, Ponce, and De Falla and Stephen McNeff´s Three Mexican Angels. Morgan has been described as a 'player destined for future glories' by Gramophone magazine, and listeners to BBC Radio 3 In Tune will know him well.

Alejandro Escuer Templos I Luminae
Stephen McNeff Tres angelitos mexicanos
John Dowland Lute Songs (selection)
Armando Luna Máscaras
Astor Piazzolla Escualo I Libertango   
Dave Maric Thirst
Bela Bartok Six Romanian Folk Dances

TICKETS Gallery £25, Studio £20, Upper Gallery £20, Standing £15 | Seating unreserved | 10% Discount to ILAMS members


Also this month...

10 July: Cuba Fantastique! at St Anne's, Limehouse, London

For complete listings please click HERE

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