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Happy New Year!
We hope you had a great holiday. We're really looking forward to the new year ahead and have some great concerts and events lined up for 2017. This year sees the advent of more major anniversaries plus the second edition of our Echoes Festival in the Autumn, as well as the continuation of our guitarrísimo series, kicking off with our first-ever event at Sadler's Wells as part of the London Flamenco Festival on 22nd February. More details below.

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   Upcoming ILAMS concerts

Raquel de Val: 'Spanish Caprice'

Mon 13 February 2017, 1.10pm
St James's Church
197, Piccadilly
United Kingdom

'One of the best Spanish soloists of the moment.' Diario de Ávila

Since the age of 11, Spanish concert pianist Raquel del Val has enjoyed a busy performing career, including appearances on television and radio. Recently featured on the cover of Ritmo Magazine, Val ventures beyond the familiar Spanish repertoire, bringing to light lesser-known works and composers from her homeland. She is also a champion of contemporary Spanish music and works closely with Federico Moreno-Torroba, who has dedicated works especially to her.

Isaac Albéniz Suite española: 'Castilla'
Enrique Granados Seis piezas sobre cantos populares españoles: 'Vascongada'
Cécile Chaminade Lolita (Capricho español)
Antonio José Martínez Palacios Danza burgalesa III
Louis M. Gottschalk Manchega | Souvenirs d’Andalousie
Abraham Tena Manrique Alborada
Joaquín Larregla Alma gitana | Viva Navarra (Jota de concierto) 
Federico Moreno-Torroba Abril andaluz
Pedro Blanco Hispania: ‘Jota’

TICKETS Admission free; retiring collection

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



GUITARRISIMO | Santiago Lara at the London Flamenco Festival: Flamenco Tribute to Pat Metheny

Wed 22 February 2017, 8.00pm
Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler's Wells
Rosebery Avenue
United Kingdom

Fusing the compositions of contemporary jazz guitarist Pat Metheny with flamenco language, guitarist Santiago Lara blends bass, piano and drums to create a unique flamenco fusion which 'begs comparison with the work of Paco de Lucía' (UK Vibe).

PLUS Join us after the concert for a complimentary glass of Spanish wine! (Courtesy of Wines from Spain)

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

This event is co-produced with the London Flamenco Festival as part of the guitarrísimo series organised by ILAMS and the Instituto Cervantes

TICKETS £20 | We recommend booking in advance to avoid disappointment | Ticket includes a complimentary glass of wine | Transaction fee applies: £3 for telephone bookings, £1.95 for online and concessionary bookings. No charge in person at Ticket Office. | Please Note: Under 5s are not admitted to this event. 

BOOKINGS 020 7863 8000 |




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Sublette explains that the Cuban Revolution in 1959 led to more investment in music education. 
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Romaria: Choral Music from Brazil

Kate Symonds-Joy (mezzo)
Liam Crangle (organ)
Choir of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge
Geoffrey Webber (conductor)

Delphian DCD34147

Never one to follow slavishly the beaten track, Geoffrey Webber here takes his Gonville & Caius College choir if not into the Amazon rain forests then at least on a Brazilian musical exploration. This programme of mainly twentieth-century Brazilian a cappella choral music – one piece dates from 2009 – is the result of.... READ MORE

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Quote of the Month

'El mundo nos envía basura. Nosotros le devolvemos música.'

'The world sends us garbage. We
send back music.'

Favio Chávez
Cateura Orchestra of Recycled Instruments

Iberian Klavier
Get in the mood for Valentine's Day with the Iberian & Klavier Piano Duo. Click HERE to watch their romantic take on Astor Piazzolla's 'Café 1930' from Histoire du tango
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                                          For complete listings please click HERE


Britten Sinfonia + Mahan Esfahani

Fri 3 February 2017, 7.30pm
Milton Court
Silk Street
United Kingdom

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

Iranian-American harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani directs Britten Sinfonia in a programme peppered with Mediterranean influences. No one has done more to enhance the image of the harpsichord in recent years than virtuoso Mahan Esfahani, who has captivated audiences with his fiery and engaging performances. Tonight he performs and directs Britten Sinfonia in works by Italian and Spanish composers, including a world premiere by Francisco Coll.

Britten Sinfonia | Mahan Esfahani director / harpsichord | Thomas Gould violin / director | Claudia Huckle contralto

Antonio Soler 'Overture' from el Villancico al Santissimo ‘Alentad armonias’ 
Domenico Scarlatti Sonatas (selection)
Francisco Coll New work (world premiere tour)
Manuel de Falla Harpsichord Concerto | El amor brujo

This event is part of Classical Music 2016–17, Milton Court Concert Hall events, Britten Sinfonia 2016–17, Classical Music 2016–17 and is promoted by Britten Sinfonia

TICKETS £10–30 | £3 booking fee per online transaction, £4 by phone. No fee when tickets are booked in person.

BOOKINGS 020 7638 8891 |


Valentina Díaz-Frénot

Fri 17 February 2017, 7.30pm
St John’s Smith Square
Smith Square
United Kingdom

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

'A neat, clear, serene and balanced performer, she manifested a sharpness of playing and a transparency of intensities of startling quality.' Buenos Aires Musical

After attending the National Conservatoire of Music of Buenos Aires, Valentina Díaz-Frénot was lucky to have Alicia de Larrocha as a teacher, amongst other renowned pianists. She has won awards in several competitions including the Competition of Jaén in 1971, for Spanish music and the Competition Marquerite Long de Paris in 1973, for French music, where she received the Gabriel Fauré special prize. She regularly performs as a soloist, with orchestras, chamber ensembles and choirs in Germany, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, France, England, Nicaragua, Uruguay and Yemen. She has recorded CDs of compositions for piano by contemporary Paraguayan and Chilean composers with the Chilean flute player Alejandro Lavanderos, and for violin and piano with the German violinist Goetz Bernau, and also recorded the Suite Iberia-Navarra, by the Spanish composer Isaac Albéniz.

Antonio Soler Sonatas (selection)
Claude Debussy Estampes (selection)
Isaac Albéniz Suite Iberia (Suite Iberia)
Floro Ugarte Suite ‘De mi tierra’
Alberto Ginastera Tres danzas argentinas

Promoted by Les Concerts du Lac

TICKETS On the door £20

BOOKINGS 020 7222 1061 |


For complete listings please click HERE
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