Classical Iberican News and Concerts in December
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Featured image by Alan Barnes: 'Music in the Time of Goya' on 27th November 2015 at The National Gallery in London
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   Upcoming ILAMS concerts

The Los Angeles Duo + Evva Mizerska

Mon 7 December 2015, 1.00pm
St Martin-in-the-Fields
Trafalgar Square
United Kingdom

The Los Angeles Duo present an innovative take on the vocal music of the Americas with special guest cellist Evva Mizerska.

George Gershwin ‘Summertime’ from Porgy and Bess
Astor Piazzolla Oblivion
Leonard Bernstein ‘Somewhere’ from West Side Story
William Bolcom ‘Amor’ from Cabaret Songs
Ernesto Lecuona Always in my Heart | 'Escucha al ruiseñor' from María la O
Antonio Estévez Arrunango
Aaron Copland 'At the River' from Old American Songs
Alberto Ginastera 'Arrorró' from Cinco canciones populares argentinas Op. 10

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

TICKETS Admission free | Suggested donation £3.50

BOOKINGS No booking required

MORE INFORMATION 020 7766 1100 |


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A Full House and Standing Ovations at ILAMS' National Gallery Concert

Nina Corti
Image by Alan Barnes

Friday 27th November 2015 saw the realisation of ILAMS' first-ever collaboration with the National Gallery in London... READ MORE
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Brazilian Adventures

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Brazilian Adventures

Ex Cathedra, 
Jeffrey Skidmore 

When recently asked if I’d like to recommend a suitable seasonal disc it was very simple decision: a superb new recording of the delightful Missa pastoral para noite de natal (Pastoral Mass for Christmas Eve) by the Brazilian, José Maurício Nunes Garcia (1767-1830). The mass is included in a superb choral anthology on an album entitled Brazilian Adventures, performed by Ex Cathedra under the direction of Jeffrey Skidmore. This mass is written in the classical idiom, originally in 1808 for voices and organ, then re-scored three years later for small orchestra, which is the version recorded here. It is sophisticated and well-written music with a simple melodic charm from the outstanding Brazilian-born composer of his time (who was also a priest). The mass has maintained a degree of popularity in Brazil, noting that it was recorded in 1965 by Francisco Mignone, though it gained wider currency after a disc of this composer’s music appeared on the French label K617 in their Pathways of the Baroque series. However, this music is anything but baroque and has a distinctly Mozartian air, perhaps due to delightful woodwind writing and particularly distinctive use of the clarinet lead pastoral theme which is repeated throughout the piece. With imaginative and... READ MORE
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   Video of the Month
Quote of the Month

'La Musica Notturna della Strade di Madrid is absolutely useless, even ridiculous, outside Spain because the audience cannot hope to understand its significance nor the performers to play it as it should be played.'

Luigi Boccherini
(1743 - 1805)

Italian Composer to the Spanish Court
Los musicos del calvario
Click HERE to watch Los Músicos del Calvario performing Antonio Lauro
   Other Selected Concerts we Recommend this Month

                                           For complete listings please click HERE

'A Light to the World' Christmas Carol Service

Tue 1 December 2015, 7.15pm
St James’ Roman Catholic Church, Spanish Place
22, George Street
United Kingdom

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

The Anglo Latin American Foundation (ALAF) is proud to present 'A Light to the World'; a wonderful Carol Service in aid of the poor children of Latin America, followed by a drinks reception.

St James’s Choir | Katherine Prado

This event is sponsored by all the Anglo Latin American societies and supported by the Latin American embassies

TICKETS £20 including drinks reception | Children under 12 years old go free 

BOOKINGS 07789 485052 |


Also this month...

For complete listings please click HERE

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