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ILAMS: Where the UK meets Iberian and Latin American Classical Music

Established in 1997, ILAMS is the first and only organisation dedicated to the study, performance and promotion of Iberian and Latin American classical music in the UK.
Committed to education and cultural integration, the Society has at the heart of its endeavours the desire to bring to the British classical music scene some of the colour, vitality and exuberance that Iberian and Latin American culture is famous for. Whilst mainstream classical music has largely lost touch with popular culture, its Luso-Hispanic relatives have developed a more dynamic approach which defies the traditional boundaries of ‘high’ and ‘low’ art and which has brought classical music back into contemporary society. We believe that Latin American art music therefore has a more important role to play than ever in reconciling the general public with classical music culture.
We hope that you will find our new website a useful source of information - a portal to a relatively undiscovered world of vibrant music, and a place to connect with a wider community. If you would like to know more about our forthcoming events, go to our Concerts page. You can also join our volunteers or become a member of ILAMS for added benefits.

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Echoes Festival 2021
The UK's first and only annual Festival of Latin classical music is back!
Banish those Autumn blues and let yourself be carried away to the sunnier climes of Iberia and Latin America at Echoes Festival 2021, where we bring you some sizzling music performed by the hottest talent in Latin classical. Now in its 6th year, the Festival brings unique classical Ibe/rican programming to some of London's most prestigious venues, whilst providing a platform to some of the most authentic and illustrious voices within Latin classical music today.​

This year, we're excited to announce a special edition of Echoes Festival celebrating the centenary of the birth of Argentine composers Astor Piazzolla and Ariel Ramírez, and we're proud to be joining forces with the Argentine Embassy in the hosting of the official UK 2021 Piazzolla celebrations, alongside our permanent Festival partner, the Instituto Cervantes.

The Festival - our biggest yet - offers 21 events taking place across November and Dec, with a mixture of live and online content for you to enjoy whatever your location or level of lockdown. For the first time we're going global to bring you several events filmed in Buenos Aires, including various special events held at the CCK (Centro Cultural Kirchner), Argentina's premier arts complex. We're honoured to be featuring various artists who knew and collaborated with Piazzolla personally, such as Néstor Marconi, Amelita Baltar, José Angel Trelles, Roberto Aussel and Eduardo Vassallo, as well as some of the leading young Argentine artists of the new generation, including Jaquelina Livieri, Leonardo Pastore, Natalia González, Gianneo Quartet, Darío Barozzi, Amalia Pérez, and the Quinteto Astor Piazzolla.

As well as concerts, we have a plethora of other events for you to dip into: catch one of our virtual film screenings, such as Daniel Rosenfeld's recent award-winning documentary on Piazzolla, The Years of the Shark; or come along to our beginner's tango lesson followed by a 'tango tea' - a vintage British milonga, 1913-stye. We also showcase Piazzolla's film music whilst paying hommage to the Argentine film director, Fernando Solanas - a close collaborator with Piazzolla who passed away in 2020.

Our 'tango-tea' -stye milonga is just one of the ways we're exploring the impact of Piazzolla, tango and Argentine music specifically on British culture. In a related event, It Takes Tea to Tango, singer Patricia Hammond and multi-instrumentalist Matt Redman delve into the early European tangos of the 1910s-1940s in a special edition of their informal weekly Living Room Requests series. And pre-eminent Argentine pianist, Lilia Salsano, bravely navigates her way through the 'tangos' in the British Music Collection by 20th century and living British composers, in an online recital filmed in her native province of Santa Fé.​

As ever, the Festival also offers a range of educational events: our Piazzolla symposium brings together some of the world's leading experts on the composer; we present two special instalments of our monthly podcast series, Journeys Through the Labyrinth with presenter Ray Picot, on Piazzolla and Ramírez respectively, and our popular Come&Sing event is also back, this time in remote format and led by the illustrious Argentine conductor Mariana Rosas, who will be coaching us through Ariel Ramírez's colourful Misa criolla.

Check out this year's full programme at

We can't wait to see you there!

Honorary Members
Clélia Iruzun | Paco Peña | John Williams l Craig Ogden l Miloš Karadaglić | Carlos Bonell | Celso Machado | Fabio Zanón | Leo Brouwer I Daniel Barenboim l Teresa Berganza | Ernesto Bitetti | Maria Isabel de Falla | Antón García Abril | María Garzón | Guillermo González | Alicia de Larrocha | Tomás Marco | Odaline de la Martinez | Carmen Bravo Mompou | Aurora Nátola-Ginastera | Marlos Nobre | Cristina Ortíz | Alfredo Perl | Marisa Robles | Patricia Rozario | Turibio Santos | José Serebrier | Andrés Ruiz Tarazona | Alicia Terzián | Jacinto Torres





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