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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 L'Histoire du tango is essential listening for anyone interested in Latin classical, now recognised as one of the most original and iterated pieces in the Latin canon. It evokes four periods of tango’s colourful history in as many movements – from the Argentine tango of the 19th-century bordello in which it was forged, to the tango of today. The work was originally conceived for two of the artform’s root instruments: flute and guitar, but the widespread popularity of the piece has since led to adaptations by all manner of instruments. Multi-award-winning Spanish flautist, Pedro López, showcases the piece in a popular version with piano. 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 Grants, 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.

Want to look at the score in advance? It's available to download (free) from this link:
The workshop and performance will focus on movements II - VIII only (pages 5-30 inclusive).
Copies of the score will be provided on the day to all participants for no extra fee.

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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Roland Perrin: Rio Amazonas

Sun 12 November 2017, 3.00pm
Barbican Hall, Barbican Centre
Silk Street
United Kingdom

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

'Full of contrasts - musically terrific.' The Guardian

Jazz harmonies, Brazilian grooves and Baroque counterpoint combine in the London premiere of a new choral symphony by composer and pianist Roland Perrin. Inspired by the Amazon River and region – its topography, its multitude of flora and fauna, the mystery of its remote tribes and the experiences of the different people arriving from afar – Rio Amazonas is also an inner reflection on our primal selves; symphonic architecture realised by jazz trio, massed choirs and string orchestra.

Roland Perrin Trio
Blue Planet Orchestra
David Temple Conductor
Hertfordshire Chorus
Bishop’s Hatfield Girls School Choir
Rhodes Avenue Primary School Choir
Coldfall Primary School Choir

SNEAK PEEK! Video Trailer

Part of the EFG Jazz Festival

TICKETS £20, £10




The South American 'Mozart': Life and Work of Pedro Ximénez Abrill

Wed 15 November 2017, 7.30pm
Senate House, University of London (Room 349)
Malet Street
United Kingdom

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

Karin Cuéllar Rendón presents a talk on Pedro Ximénez Abrill Tirado - a Peruvian-Bolivian composer of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Pedro Ximénez Abrill Tirado stands as one of the biggest exponents of the Classical and early Romantic styles in South America, for which he has been compared with W. A. Mozart. Ximenez' music, however, incorporates folkloric elements from Peruvian and Bolivian traditional music into a predominantly European musical aesthetic. His work has therefore become an important source for the study of the music scene in South America in the time of the early Republics. Karin Cuéllar Rendón is a Bolivian violinist specialising in Historical Performance at the Royal Academy of Music. She is currently a beneficiary of both the San Marino and the Vincent Mayer scholarships and is pursuing an Advanced Diploma under the guidance of Maggie Faultless.

SNEAK PEEK!: video clip

Organised by the Anglo-Bolivian Society in collaboration with the Institute for the Study of the Americas

TICKETS £6 Non-members of the ABS | £5 Members of the ABS | £3 Students (with valid ID)




'Back Home': Brazilian Music for Guitar Performed by Fabricio Mattos

Fri 17 November 2017, 7.00pm
Sala Brasil, Embassy of Brazil in London
14-16, Cockspur Street
United Kingdom

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

For a long time the guitar has been the instrument of choice for many Brazilians to express the different colours, tastes, feelings, and backgrounds of their multifaceted culture. Not surprisingly Brazil is home to some of the best guitar music ever written and to generations of virtuosos of the instrument who helped to boost its potential towards new technical and expressive possibilities. With this commemorative programme Fabricio Mattos celebrates ten years of touring the world by paying homage to his home country. Mattos presents a programme exclusively composed of Brazilian music, offering a glimpse of the textures and intricacies of his country’s musical culture and history. In the first half Mattos performs a small part of the extremely prolific production for classical guitar in Brazil, with works written by three of the country’s most representative composers from different generations: Dilermando Reis, Edino Krieger, and Heitor Villa-Lobos.

Fabricio Mattos guitar

Dilermando Reis Se ela perguntar (Waltz)
Edino Krieger Ritmata
Heitor Villa-Lobos Suite populaire brésilienne
Salomão Habib Amassando o açaí (Carimbó, Amazon)
Dilermando Reis Xodó da baiana (Batuque, Northeast)
Anibal Augusto Sardinha Lamentos do morro (Samba, Southeast)
Marco Pereira Pixaim (Frevo, Northeast)
Cláudio Menandro Estudo 15 (Xote, Northeast)
Abel Fleury Milongueo de ayer (Milonga, South)
Domingos Semenzato Divagando (Choro, Southeast - São Paulo)
Ernesto Marangoni Noturno (Choro, Southeast - São Paulo)
Zequinha de Abreu Tico-tico no fubá (Choro, Southeast - Rio de Janeiro)
Ernesto Nazareth Brejeiro (Tango Brasileiro, Southeast)

TICKETS Admission free but booking essential






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