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Harriet MacKenzie & Morgan Szymanski

Sun 22 October 2017, 6.30pm
Conway Hall
25, Red Lion Square
United Kingdom

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

Harriet MacKenzie and Morgan Szymanski present an evening of works for violin and guitar, from Baroque greats Vivaldi and Bach to Piazzolla's iconic L'Histoire du tango.

Morgan Szymanski guitar
Harriet MacKenzie violin

Antonio Vivaldi Violin Concerto in D major Op. 3/9 RV230
Manuel M. Ponce 'Estrellita' from Dos canciones mexicanas
Agustín Barrios Una limosna por el amor de Dios
Manuel de Falla Canciones populares españolas | 'Spanish Dance' from La vida breve
Niccolò Paganini Cantabile M.S. 109
J.S. Bach 'Andante' from Sonata in A minor for solo violin BW3 1003
Pablo de Sarasate 'Romanza andaluza' from Spanish Dances Op. 22
Astor Piazzolla L'Histoire du tango

Part of Conway Hall Sunday Concerts

TICKETS £10 in advance | £12 on the door | 8-25-year-olds go free

BOOKINGS 020 7405 1818 |



Opera Prelude Lecture Series: ‘Made in Iberia’

Tue 24 October 2017, 10.30am
Caversham Room at Cadogan Hall
5, Sloane Terrace
United Kingdom

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

In this morning’s lecture we will have a look at the operatic creation in Portugal and Spain through the ages. Starting one of Europe’s superstar composers in the 18th century – Marcos Portugal – we will then move to Spain and the works of Martin y Soler, all the way to Iberian Romantics Manuel de Falla, João Arroyo and Alfredo Keil.

Ricardo Panela baritone
Natalie Burch piano

Part of Opera Prelude Lecture Series 2017

TICKETS £30 (unreserved seating)

BOOKINGS 020 7730 4500



Rafael Aguirre & Nadège Rochat: La vida breve

Fri 27 October 2017, 7.30pm
Kings Place, Hall One
90, York Way
N1 9AG
United Kingdom

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

‘The warmth and specificity of expression from this duo are such that nobody’s winter should be without them.’ Gramophone

Exciting young Swiss cellist Nadège Rochat teams up with renowned classical guitarist Rafael Aguirre for an evening exploring the works of Spanish greats de Falla, Granados, Albeniz and Cassadó, with inflections from Piazzolla, Ravel, Lara and Gardel. Soak up the Andalucian heat in this programme of seductive Spanish music, performed on cello and guitar.

Rafael Aguirre guitar
Nadège Rochat cello
Manuel de Falla Siete canciones populares españolas | La vida breve
Enrique Granados Oriental
Gaspar Cassadó Requiebros | Danza finale
Francisco Tárrega Gran jota
Maurice Ravel Habanera
Carlos Gardel Volver
Sérgio Assad Menino
Astor Piazzolla Nightclub
Agustín Lara Granada

Part of Cello Unwrapped

TICKETS £16.50 – £39.50

BOOKINGS 020 7520 1490 |



Eduardo Niebla in Concert

Sat 28 October 2017, 7.30pm
Kings Place, Hall One
90, York Way
N1 9AG
United Kingdom

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

‘Niebla wove a stunning kaleidoscopic array of sonic textures, part classical, part flamenco, tinged with jazz and Latin hues; passionate and gorgeously ornamented, built around melodies of exquisite melancholy.’ Scotsman 

Hailed by the Guardian for his ‘exquisite guitar playing’, Eduardo Niebla is a formidable flamenco jazz guitar virtuoso and master of today’s generation. Continually seeking out new musical terrain he has traversed the worlds of jazz, classical and world music, collaborating with such diverse partners as sitar maestro Nishat Khan, Lol Coxhill (sax), the Dante String Quartet and Craig David. Tonight he presents an amazing repertoire of ‘stunning flamenco jazz’ (The Sound) from his latest albums with guitarist Matthew Robinson.

Eduardo Niebla guitar
Matthew Robinson guitar

SNEAK PEEK! Audio clip | Video clip

Part of the London Guitar Festival organised by the IGF

Image: Harry Dutton

TICKETS £19.50, £24.50, £29.50, £39.50 | £9.50 online saver

BOOKINGS 020 7520 1490 | |



ECHOES FESTIVAL | 'PanAmericana': A Concert of Musical Border-Crossings Through the Americas

Sun 29 October 2017, 7.00pm
Barbican (Milton Court Concert Hall)
Silk Street
United Kingdom

'Gomes is idiomatic, intelligent and expressive.' The Times
'An eloquent soprano.' New York Times
'Outstanding recital.' Musical Opinion

There was a time when Americans, North and South, celebrated their shared history and collaborated towards common interests. In 1941, Aaron Copland travelled to Latin America on a diplomatic mission as part of the Panamericanist initiatives of Roosevelt’s Good Neighbor policy, which aimed to cement hemispheric solidarity in the face of rising European fascism. This new zeitgeist was embraced by composers throughout the continent and helped forge a renewed sense of identity and a golden age of ‘American’ music.

The ‘PanAmericana’ project offers the perfect antidote to 21st-century politics: tracing hemispherical connections from New York to Buenos Aires, it showcases a cornucopia of classical voices exploring common musical languages which bear testament to music’s power to transcend political borders and foster cultural understanding. This kaleidoscopic programme encompasses an eclectic range of influences, from jazz, lied, tango, opera and musical theatre to folk and film music, allowing audiences to enjoy some of their all-time favourite North American music by iconic composers such as Copland, Bernstein and Gershwin alongside lesser-known gems from South of the Border by Piazzolla, Villa-Lobos, Ginastera and Lecuona. Featuring performances by an exciting line-up of young talents, expect passion, lush tunes, irresistible rhythms and edge-of-your-seat virtuosity!

PLUS The bar will be serving Latin American cocktails before the performance and during the interval

The Latin Classical Chamber Orchestra with special guests:
Luis Gomes tenor
Duo Diez violin & guitar
Los Angeles Duo soprano & piano
Wilmer Sifontes percussion

Sneak peek! Click HERE to watch a video clip of Luis Gomes | Click HERE to watch a video clip of Duo Diez | Click HERE to listen to an audio clip of the Los Angeles Duo

A benefit concert for Latin American Women’s Aid (LAWA), this event is part of Echoes Festival 2017, organised by the Iberian & Latin American Music Society (ILAMS) and the Instituto Cervantes in collaboration with Music Beyond Frontiers and Amigo Month


£32, £25, £18, £12 | 25% off Concessions & Group Bookings (limited availability)
50% off Members of ILAMS / IC (limited availability)


020 7638 8891 |


Can't make the concert? You can still contribute by donating here!





ECHOES FESTIVAL | GUITARRISIMO | ‘Antonio Torres 200’: Fernando Espí Commemorates the Birth of the Modern Guitar

Thu 2 November 2017, 7.00pm
King's College (Chapel)
Strand Lane
United Kingdom

‘Espí is one of the great Spanish classical guitarists.’ Ritmo

Without Antonio de Torres Jurado (1817-1892) we would not have the classical guitar. Considered the greatest luthier of his day, he gave birth to the modern instrument with his innovative improvements to its design, which produced a louder and more beautiful tone, helping to launch the guitar out of the drawing room and into the concert hall as an increasingly 'serious' instrument at a time when it was manifestly failing to compete with louder, more dramatic instruments. So superior was Torres' craft that his design remains, to this day, the bluprint for all classical guitar production. Pre-eminent 19th-century specialist and multi-award-winner, Fernando Espí, presents a programme of Romantic Spanish guitar works by composers with a personal connection to Torres who helped shape his approach to guitar-making and who showed off his instruments to greatest effect. Espí will perform on a Joan Pellisa 2016 replica of an original 1863 Torres instrument.

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

Fernando Espí guitar

Francisco Tárrega Capricho árabe | Gran jota
Antonio Cano Fantasía ‘El delirio’
Enrique Granados Danzas españolas (Selection)
Isaac Albéniz (tr. F. Espí) Suite española Op. 47 (Selection) 
Julián Arcas Bolero | Fantasía sobre temas de ‘La Traviata de Verdi’

SNEAK PEEK! Click HERE to watch a video clip | Click HERE to listen to an audio clip

This event is part of Echoes Festival 2017 and the guitarrísimo series organised by ILAMS and the Instituto Cervantes with the kind support of Wines from Spain and RC Strings


Advance bookings: £14 | £12 Concessions | £10 Members of ILAMS / IC
On the door: £18 | £16 Concessions | £14 Members of ILAMS / IC


0800 411 8881 (lines open 24/7)



ECHOES FESTIVAL | Pedro López & Panaretos Kyriatzidis: History of the Tango

Wed 8 November 2017, 1.10pm
St James's Church
197, Piccadilly
United Kingdom

Astor Piazzolla’s evocative Histoire du tango has become one of his most cherished and performed works and has been adopted by performers of diverse instruments. The multi-award-winning Spanish flautist, Pedro López showcases the piece here on the instrument for which it was originally conceived, alongside other works by Rodrigo and Schubert. López has performed worldwide, including appearances at Het Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Queen Elizabeth Hall (London), Royal Opera House (London), Palau de la Musica Catalana (Barcelona) and Barbican (London) among others. He is accompanied on the piano by rising star Panaretos Kyriatzidis, recent winner of the Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform and the Gerald Moore Award.

Pedro López flute
Panaretos Kyriatzidis piano

Franz Schubert Theme and Variations on ´Trockne Blumen´
Astor Piazzolla Histoire du tango
Joaquín Rodrigo Aria antiqua

SNEAK PEEK! Click HERE to listen to an audio clip!

This is event is part of Echoes Festival 2017, organised by ILAMS and the Instituto Cervantes in collaboration with St James's Piccadilly


Admission free (exit donations welcome)


No booking required (seats allocated on a first-come-first-served basis)



ECHOES FESTIVAL | La Grande Chapelle: Music in the Time of El Greco

Fri 10 November 2017, 7.30pm
The Wallace Collection (Great Gallery)
Hertford House, Manchester Square, Marylebone
United Kingdom

‘A transcendental Hispanic ensemble.’ Le Monde de la Musique

El Greco (1541-1614) had an exact musical contemporary and equal in the Spanish composer Alonso Lobo (1555-1617). Both figures were the product of the cultural flowering of Spain’s siglo de oro, driven predominantly from the ‘Imperial City’ of Toledo where the artists worked at the turn of the 17th century, and it is likely that El Greco heard Lobo’s music at Toledo Cathedral where the composer was maestro de capilla. Parallels have been drawn between their respective aesthetic affinities, with Lobo expressing in sound the equivalent austere, transcendental silence of El Greco’s sacred artworks.

Although revered in his own time, Lobo did not arrive in the 20th century with the same momentum as contemporaries such as Victoria, but the new millennium has witnessed his revival, thanks in part to the pioneering work of the illustrious Spanish ensemble La Grande Chapelle whose world-premiere recordings for the Lauda label have firmly re-established Lobo as one of the great polyphony composers of the European Renaissance. In tandem with the Wallace Collection's new exhibition From El Greco to Goya, La Grande Chapelle will perform the monumental Beata Dei genitrix mass from Lobo’s Liber primus missarum (1602), inspired by the eponymous motet by Guerrero. A rare opportunity to hear Lobo’s heavenly music performed by one of its leading international exponents amidst the sumptuous surroundings of The Wallace Collection's Great Gallery, with an opening address by Director of The Wallace Collection, Xavier Bray.

La Grande Chapelle
Albert Recasens director

Francisco Guerrero Motete ‘Beata Dei genitrix, a 6’
Alonso Lobo Missa ‘Beata Dei genitrix, a 6’ | Selected Motets | De lamentatione Ieremiae Prophetae, a 6

PLUS Join us for a complimentary glass of Spanish wine before the performance!

SNEAK PEEK! Click HERE to listen an audio clip

Image: Detail from La anunciación (1597-1600) by El Greco (1541-1614)

This event is part of Echoes Festival 2017 organised in collaboration with the Cervantes Institute with the kind support of The Wallace Collection, Acción Cultural Española (AC/E) PICE Mobility, the Instituto Nacional de las Artes Escénicas y de la Música (INAEM) and Wines from Spain


£30 | £25 Concessions and Members of ILAMS / IC | Ticket includes a complimentary glass of Spanish wine


020 7563 9500




ECHOES FESTIVAL | Come & Sing the Victoria Requiem!

Sat 11 November 2017, 9.30am
The Wallace Collection (Great Gallery)
Hertford House, Manchester Square, Marylebone
United Kingdom

Did you know that choir practice is healthier than yoga?

If you are an amateur singer passionate about classical music with some prior experience of choral performance, treat yourself to an uplifting one-day workshop on 11th November. On this day of national Remembrance we will be working on a performance of Victoria’s monumental Requiem to be held in the beautiful acoustic of the Wallace Collection’s sumptuous Great Gallery. Come and see what this feel-good craze is all about – it's the perfect opportunity to exercise and socialise! 

Known as ‘The Spanish Palestrina’, Tomás Luis Victoria (1548-1611) is considered one of the most important composers of the late Renaissance. One of the crowning glories of the Spanish Renaissance tradition, the astonishing 1605 Requiem was written for the funeral of Maria of Austria, the daughter of Emperor Charles V, but was also Victoria's own final work. Austere yet radiant, the 6-part polyphony reaches an almost mystical intensity of expression which represents the summation of Victoria's art.

You’ll be amazed how quickly you can learn a new piece with the help of our friendly conductor Aidan Oliver - one of the UK's most sought-after choral directors, he is director of the Philharmonia Orchestra's professional chorus, Philharmonia Voices, and his engagements as guest chorus master include the BBC Symphony Chorus, BBC Singers, RIAS Kammerchor Berlin, English National Opera, and Huddersfield Choral Society.

Members of the public are welcome to attend the final concert performance at 4.00pm

Aidan Oliver conductor

SNEAK PEEK! Click HERE to watch a video clip (in Spanish) featuring our last Come & Sing event | Click HERE to listen to an audio clip of Victoria's Requiem performed by the Armonico Consort

This event is part of Echoes Festival 2017 organised by ILAMS and the Cervantes Institute in collaboration with The Wallace Collection and Lacock Courses


£40 | £35 Concessions | £30 Members of the Wallace Collection / Instituto Cervantes / ILAMS

(Admission to the concert is free and open to the general public)

Special offer: Why not make a weekend of it? Get £5 off tickets to our concert ‘Music in the Time of El Greco’ featuring La Grande Chapelle at the Wallace Collection on 10th Nov when registering to Come & Sing! Please get in touch with us on / 07762 731010 once you have booked your workshop ticket and we will provide instructions for claiming your discount.


0800 411 8881 (lines open 24/7)

Places allocated to participants on a first-come-first-served basis
(No booking required to attend the concert as an audience member)


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