Campbell Diamond | Kaleidoscopic Programme of Music from Around the World

Sat 14 March 2020, 7.30pm
St James's Church
197, Piccadilly
United Kingdom

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

Campbell Diamond is an international award-winning classical guitarist based in Cologne, Germany, and is currently studying privately with Judicaël Perroy in Paris. Diamond has recently finished his Bachelor degree (First Class Hons) with Hubert Käppel at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln. Previously, he studied as a student of Timothy Kain and Minh Le Hoang at the ANU School of Music in Canberra, Australia. He began studying the classical guitar at the late age of 17, and is now regarded as one of the leading guitarists of the younger generation. He has won over 30 prizes in international competitions. In 2018, Diamond released his first solo recording. Programme includes:

Maurice Ohana Cadran lunaire, Op. 89: 'No.1: Saturnal'
Astor Piazzolla Cinco piezas
Johann Kaspar Mertz Concertino
Georg Philipp Telemann 12 Fantasias for Violin without Bass, TWV 40:14-25

Campbell Diamond guitar

TICKETS £15 + £1.76 fee | £10 + £1.37 fee, full-time students




Maria Garzon | Musical Jewels from Spain

Sun 15 March 2020, 4.00pm
Emmanuel Church
Lyncroft Gardens, West Hampstead
United Kingdom

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

The Spanish pianist Maria Garzon started her musical education at the Madrid Conservatorio Superior de Musica. At 17 she was awarded a scholarship by the Austrian government to study at the Mozarteum in Salzburg for one year, and immediately after went to Germany (Cologne) and studied there at the Musikhochschule before moving to London where she now lives. Maria Garzon has performed all over the world in prestigious venues and also performs as a chamber musician. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and an Honorary Member of ILAMS. Her recording, Spanish Piano Music (1992) was awarded Best CD of the Year by the British Retailers' Association. Consequently she was commissioned by the Rodrigo family to record his piano works as a celebration of Rodrigo's 95th birthday, the notes to that recording written by the composer himself. Maria Garzon has also recorded the piano works by Elgar and Viktor Ullman, and her documentary, Viktor Ullman: biography of a recording won First Prize for Best Documentary and the Audience Prize at the International Documentary Festival in Thessaloniki in 2016. Her second volume of Piano Music of Spain will be released this coming spring on the Heritage label.

Isaac Albéniz Suite española, Op. 47 (Selection)
Alejandro Yagüe Halley 2
Enrique Granados Allegro de concierto
Manuel de Falla Cuatro piezas españolas
Antonio Soler Fandango
Joaquin Rodrigo Preludio del gallo mañanero
Maria Garzon piano

Sunday Afternoon Concert Series

TICKETS £12 Adults | £8 Seniors | £5 Children & Students

BOOKINGS 020 7435 1911 



Francisco Correa | Album Launch: 'Música de mi tierrita'

Mon 16 March 2020, 1.10pm
St James's Church
197, Piccadilly
United Kingdom

‘A most enjoyable evening of music making enjoyed by a large audience.’ Tickhill Music Society

Classical guitarisr, Francisco Correa, makes his ILAMS debut with the London launch of his new album Música de la Tierrita - a collection of solo guitar compositions by exciting young Colombian composers, including several special commissions and world premieres. This prize-winning Colombian guitarist has appeared on national TV and radio, performed on 3 continents, and recently performed the famous Rodrigo Aranjuez concerto at St Martin-in-the-Fields.

Isaac Albéniz Mallorca Op. 202 (tr. Francisco Correa)
Daniel Saboya Suite colombiana No. 1
Agustín Barrios Mangoré Julia FloridaVals Op. 8, No. 4
Lucas Saboya Suite Ernestina

Francisco Correa guitar

SNEAK PEEK! Album Teaser Trailer

This is an ILAMS event organised in collaboration with St James's Piccadilly with the kind support of AM Records

TICKETS Admission free; exit donations welcome

BOOKINGS None required; first-come, first-served



GUITARRISIMO | Samuel Diz | 'Pablo Picasso: Guitar-Maker'

Tue 24 March 2020, 7.00pm
Royal Academy of Arts
Burlington House
Mayfair, London
United Kingdom

'My dear friend Braque: I am using your latest papery and powdery procedures. I am in the process of imagining a guitar and I am using a bit of dust against our horrible canvas.' Pablo Picasso, 9th October 1912, Paris

The guitar is a pervasive and potent leitmotif in the work of Pablo Picasso, and one that has come to stand as a cipher of modernity in the Spanish visual arts more widely. In 1920, Manuel de Falla became the first composer to invert this dialectic and propel the classical guitar into the Modernist age with the writing of his seminal work, Pour le Tombeau de Claude Debussy. With its own brand of musical Cubism, this piece proposed a radically new language for the classical guitar, which inspired subsequent generations of composers to produce a rich legacy of 20th-century repertoire for the instrument.

In tandem with the Royal Academy of Art’s new exhibition, Picasso and Paper, Spanish guitarist and academic, Samuel Diz, makes his London debut with a bespoke programme inspired by the superlative Spanish artist, entitled Picasso: Guitar Maker. Exploring the Modernist works of several of Picasso’s contemporaries, Diz will present music by Mompou, García Ascot, Bacarisse, García Lorca and, of course, Falla. The programme also features a piece written in the UK by Robert Gerhard, a Catalan composer who lived out his exile from the Franco regime in Cambridge: his incidental music for the BBC's 1964 adaptation of Ernest Hemingway's novel, For Whom The Bell Tolls (a tale based on events in the Spanish Civil War).

Samuel Diz is a recipient of the Critics' Choice El Primer Palau Prize at the Palau de la Música in Catalonia. Specialising in the Spanish guitar repertoire of the early 20th century, and ‘The Generation of ‘27’ in particular, he was the first artist to record the original guitar music of Federico García Lorca; for his album Memoria de la melancolía he was privileged to be able to perform on Lorca’s own instrument. Recent appearances include an engagement at the birthplace of Pablo Picasso in Málaga.

Manuel de Falla Pour le tombeau de DebussyEl sombrero de tres picos: 'Danza del molinero (Farruca)'
Salvador Bacarisse Lía (Pavana)
Frederic Mompou Suite compostelana
Rosita García Ascot Española
Robert Gerhard For Whom the Bell Tolls
Federico García Lorca Selección de canciones populares

Samuel Diz classical guitar

SNEAK PEEK! Video Clip

This is an ILAMS event organised in collaboration with the Royal Academy of Arts and the Instituto Cevantes with the kind support of the Fundació Frederic Mompou and AGADIC – Xacobeo 21 (Xunta de Galicia), as part of the Guitarrísimo series

Image by: Xosé Durán

TICKETS Admission free; ticket also includes free admission to the exhibition

BOOKINGS (Open in March)





Song recital by Marta Fontanal-Simmons

Wed 25 March 2020, 1.10pm
St James's Church
197 Piccadilly
United Kingdom

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

Praised for her 'warm mezzo' (The Telegraph) and 'velvet-voice' (Daily Telegraph), British-Spanish mezzo-soprano Marta Fontanals-Simmons recently made critically-acclaimed house and role debuts at the Royal Opera House. Fontanals-Simmons trained at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London, where she was awarded the Gold Medal, and was a Jerwood Artist at Glyndebourne for the 2015/16 season. She appears regularly on the concert platform and in recitals, and is a keen exponent of contemporary music.

Judith Weir The Voice of Desire
Andrew Norman Lullaby
Claude Debussy Chanson de Bilitis
Lord Berners Trois chansons
Joaquin Turina Poema en forma de canciones

Marta Fontanal-Simmons mezzo-soprano
Lana Bode piano

PLG Young Artist series

TICKETS Admission free; exit donations welcome

BOOKINGS No booking required; first-come-first-served






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