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Alessandro Santoro | 'A Musical Microcosm': The Piano Preludes of Cláudio Santoro

Thu 10 October 2019, 7.30pm
Chancellor's Hall
Senate House, University of London, Malet Street, Bloomsbury
United Kingdom

'What intrigues me is how my father could tame so many faculties, switch from one universe to another. This has never ceased to be him.' Alessandro Santoro

One of the most important Brazilian voices in classical music of the 20th century, Cláudio Santoro (1919-1989) stands as one of the most restless and versatile musicians of our time. A child prodigy, brilliant performer and conductor, dynamic event organizer, and a lucid educator and researcher, his major contribution to Brazil's musical life and institutions has influenced several generations; as a composer, he left behind some of the most captivating pieces in the entire Latin American repertoire.

Cláudio Santoro has his greatest ambassador in his son, Alessandro, who has worked tirelessly to preserve his father's musical legacy and disseminate his catalogue worldwide through the virtual archive,, and the management of his publisher, Savart Editions. To mark the 2019 centenary of Cláudio Santoro's birth and the recent release of UnB's urtext edition of the complete Preludes (including some previously unpublished pieces), Alessandro, who edited and revised the collection, will perform selected movements intermingled with rare audio recordings of his father's musical commentaries. Like many of the composers of his hemisphere, Santoro demonstrated an eclectic ability to articulate an almost contradictory range of musical languages, drawing from both classical and popular influences - from the obtuse twelve-tone, avant-garde trends of the early 20th-century to the most sumptuous bossa-nova-esque songs of later years. His piano Preludes, written across the span of his career, offer a fascinating window into the breadth of his oeuvre; these most private and intimate works - also the first and the last pieces he wrote - collectively demonstrate the evolution of his style. Having grown up listening to his father playing them, Alessandro will also share with us his privileged insights into their interpretation.

Copies of the new UnB Edition of Santoro's Preludes for solo piano will be available for perusal / purchase after the concert.

Cláudio Santoro Preludes (selection)

Alessandro Santoro piano and speaker

SNEAK PEEK! Video Clip

PLUS Ticket includes a complimentary glass of Brazilian wine and the chance to mingle and meet the artist after the concert!

Organised by ILAMS as part of Echoes Festival 2019 and Amigo Month in collaboration with the Instituto Cervantes, Poliphonia and the Institute of Modern Languages Research and the Open World Research Initiative (OWRI), Cross-Language Dynamics: Reshaping Community, Translingual Strand, with the kind support of the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Brazilian Embassy


In Advance: £14 | £12 Concessions
£10 Members of ILAMS | Free admission to Friends of Echoes Festival
On the Door: £18 | £16 Concessions
£14 Members of ILAMS | Free admission to Friends of Echoes Festival
BOOKINGS 0800 411 8881 (lines open 24/7) |





Lilia Salsano | Carlos Guastavino Piano Works

Fri 11 October 2019, 1.00pm
St Martin-in-the-Fields
Trafalgar Square
United Kingdom

'A very sensitive interpreter who was able to capture, like no other pianist before her, Guastavino's message.' Association of Argentine Music Critics

Described as 'the Schubert of the Pampas' the great Argentine composer, Carlos Guastavino (1912-2000), is best-known for his prolific song output, including iconic lieder such as La rosa y el sauce recorded by the likes of José Carreras, Kiri Te Kanawa, Anna Netrebko and many others. Less familiar (but equally worthy of attention) is his considerable catalogue for piano, full of the lyricism and charm of the composer's local folk influences. In this recital, leading Argentine pianist Liliana Salsano showcases a representative selection of pieces from her 2019 landmark recording of the complete Guastavino solo piano music; the first recording of Guastavino's entire piano literature to be undertaken by a single pianist.

A native of the province of Santa Fe, like Guastavino himself, Lilia Salsano is considered one of the pre-eminent Argentine pianists of her generation. Since graduating from the Universidad Nacional del Litoral she has garnered numerous prizes both nationally and internationally, and also performs frequently at home and abroad - most recently at the Martha Argerich Festival of Buenos Aires. A passionate ambassador for Argentine composers more broadly, she recorded the world premiere album of the complete piano music of Virtú Maragno, and has performed numerous other world premieres, including many pieces dedicated specially to her. Salsano is also the resident pianist of the Provincial Symphony Orchestra of Santa Fe and has performed extensively with other orchestras such as the Juan de Dios Filiberto National Orchestra of Argentine Music, the J. de San Martín National Youth Orchestra and the Academic Orchestra of the Teatro Colón of Buenos Aires. Salsano is currently a faculty member at the Antonio Fuentes del Arco Liceo Municipal of Santa Fe.

Carlos Guastavino Diez cantilenas argentinas (Selection) | Tres romances nuevos (Selection) | Romance de Cuyo | Las niñas | Tres sonatinas sobre ritmos de la manera popular argentina

Lilia Salsano piano

SNEAK PEEK! Video clip

Organised by ILAMS as part of Echoes Festival 2019 and Amigo Month in collaboration with the Cervantes Institute and St Martin-in-the-Fields

TICKETS Free admission; exit donations welcome

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



EF 'Young Talents' Open Masterclasses with Odaline de la Martínez

Sat 19 October 2019, 10.00am
St David's Room
King's College London, The Strand
United Kingdom

'Energy crackles around the Cuban-born conductor and composer like an electric field.' 
Sunday Times Magazine

'We find musical Britain inconceivable without her, and not just because she brings a gust of Latin energy and a warmth to the frequently staid groves of musical academy...' Time Out

Are you a Music student or recent Music graduate currently working on Latin composers? Join us at King's College London where Cuban-American pedagogue and polymath, Odaline de la Martínez, will be offering a day of public, one-to-one coaching sessions on Latin Classical repertoire to a group of young talents. Participation is open to all instruments and levels (from enthusiast through to professional) by prior application. Participants will also present final performances of their repertoire in an informal evening concert. Places are limited to a maximum of x12, so early registration is strongly recommended!

Odaline de la Martínez is a formidable force on today's classical music scene, pursuing a busy career as a composer, conductor, record producer and event curator. Working with everything from Mozart symphonies to the latest contemporary music, she has acquired a remarkable reputation for her versatile and eclectic vision. Martínez obtained her MMus in Composition at the University of Surrey following studies at Tulane University and the Royal Academy of Music, where she founded her ensemble, Lontano, in 1976 and with whom she has performed and broadcast all over the world. She appears frequently as guest conductor with leading orchestras worldwide and throughout Great Britain, including all the BBC orchestras; Martínez was the first woman to conduct a BBC Prom at the Royal Albert Hall in 1984.

Martínez runs the London Festival of American Music (now in its 7th year), and for the 2020 season is co-curating Julliard’s FOCUS Festival of women composers. She has recorded over 40 CDs with Lorelt (Lontano Records, which she founded in 1992), Chandos, Summit, Albany, Metier, Conifer Classics, DaCapo and BMI and is also known as a broadcaster for BBC radio and television. She has received numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Villa-Lobos Medal from the Brazilian Government, a Lifetime Achievement Award, and a Doctor Honoris Causa from the University of Surrey. A prolific composer, Martínez wrote her first opera, Sister Aimee: An American Legend, in 1984 and recently premiered her latest opera trilogy Imoinda: A Story of Love and Slavery. As a musician Martínez is published by Composers Edition.

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If you would like to take part in this event, please email us at with the following information:
  1. Name
  2. Instrument / ensemble
  3. Piece(s) you would like to work on, with precise durations
  4. Contact telephone number
  5. Postal Address
  6. Age
  7. Approximate level
  8. Audio / video links of your performances (if you have any)
  9. Social media handles
  10. How you heard about this event
  11. Any other information you think it would be useful for us to know about you​


  • Each coaching session will last 30 minutes.
  • Pieces must either be: by a composer of Spanish, Portuguese or Latin American origin; or be inspired by one of these regions in some way.
  • If you would like some guidance on choosing repertoire or locating scores we can provide a list of suggested pieces and publishers for your instrument and level.
  • Original compositions (as opposed to arrangements) on original instruments will be preferred, but we are happy to consider exceptions and to advise on specific pieces.
  • Chosen repertoire should add up to no more than 5 minutes. Longer works comprising multiple movements may be presented if including one movement no longer than 5 minutes to be performed in the evening concert.
  • All participants in the masterclasses will be expected to perform in the evening concert.
  • Applications are welcome from musicians of any instrument (including voice) but please note that participants must bring their own instruments (with the exception of piano). Small ensembles are also welcome (duos, trios or quartets).
  • Participants are welcome regardless of age, level or background.
  • Participants are expected to attend the whole day's sessions (not just drop in and out for their own slot).

Organised by ILAMS as part of Echoes Festival 2019 in collaboration with the Instituto Cervantes, Talent Unlimited and King's College London

TICKETS Free to both participants and spectators

BOOKINGS To participate please email us at with the information specified in the event description above. No booking is required for spectators; seats allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.  



EF 'Young Talents' Concert Platform

Sat 19 October 2019, 7.30 pm
St David's Room
King's College London, The Strand
United Kingdom

After a day of intense open masterclasses with pedagogue Odaline de la Martínez, our EF 'Young Talents' will perform their pieces in an informal evening concert open to all.

Organised by ILAMS as part of Echoes Festival 2019 in collaboration with the Instituto Cervantes, Talent Unlimited and King's College London


In Advance: £14 | £12 Concessions
£10 Members of ILAMS | Free admission to Friends of Echoes Festival
On the Door: £18 | £16 Concessions
£14 Members of ILAMS | Free admission to Friends of Echoes Festival
BOOKINGS 0800 411 8881 (lines open 24/7) |



Pablo Amorós plays Granados and de Falla

Wed 23 October 2019, 1.10 pm
St James's Church
197 Piccadilly
United Kingdom

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

The Spanish pianist Pablo Amorós described as 'temperamental, elegant and charismatic' plays virtuoso pieces by Granados and de Falla, respectively evoking the world of Lisztian romantic virtuosity and the sights and sounds of Andalusia.

Enrique Granados Allegro de concierto

Manuel de Falla Fantasía Bética

Pablo Amorós piano

Opus Musica series

TICKETS Free admission; exit donations welcome

BOOKING No booking required; seasts allocated on a first-come-first-served basis



Ray Picot | Ray's Round-Up LIVE: Enrique Granados

Thu 24 October 2019, 7.00pm
Instituto Cervantes
15-19 Devereux Court, Temple
United Kingdom

Calling all record collectors! If you're trying to navigate your way through the dauntingly huge world of Latin Classical music, don't fear - our resident expert is here to guide you through the labyrinth. Join classical music addict and weekend journalist, Ray Picot, at the Cervantes Institute for an informal introduction to the sumptuous music of Spanish composer, Enrique Granados. Whether you're new to Granados' catalogue or a seasoned aficionado, this event has something for everyone. Ray will highlight the key masterworks as well as revealing the lesser-known hidden gems in the repertoire. Discover the seminal interpretations alongside more recent release revelations, whilst learning about the music in context.

Enrique Granados was one of a triumvirate of great Spanish composers, along with Isaac Albéniz and Manuel de Falla, to achieve international acclaim during the early years of the 20th century. His Romantic idiom stems from the music of Schumann, but his music developed to encompass new European musical ideas, Spanish art and folksong traditions, with particular affinity to the time of Goya. He was, with Albéniz, part of a movement that lead to a new renaissance in Spanish music. His untimely death deprived Spanish music of one of its great composers, though his music flourished through a new generation of performers and latterly a rich legacy of recordings.

Ray Picot has been chief CD and concert reviewer at the Iberian & Latin American Music Society since 2001 and currently writes a popular monthly column for Echoes Magazine titled Ray's Round-Up. A regular guest speaker at recorded music societies around the country, Ray boasts an encyclopedic knowledge of the field - think of him as your go-to guide to Latin Classical discography.

Ray Picot presenter

PLUS At the end of the talk there will be an opportunity to mingle and chat with the speaker over a complimentary glass of Spanish wine!

Organised by ILAMS as part of Echoes Festival 2019 in collaboration with the Instituto Cervantes, with the kind support of Ribera del Duero

TICKETS Admission free

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



'Bilingual Beats': A Spanish Class for Little Ones

Tue 29 October 2019, 4.00pm
The Parent Hood
87-89 Chiswick High Road, Chiswick
W4 2EF
United Kingdom

At Bilingual Beats we speak music! ...And we sing languages!

Bring your little one along to this special early childhood bilingual music event aimed at 0-5 year-olds - part of a unique programme run by the groundbreaking initiative, Bilingual Beats, which integrates the learning of music and Spanish in a fun, dynamic and creative way.

In this session led by native teacher and musician, Alvaro Pérez, your child will learn to move rhythmically, to sing, and to develop listening and improvisational skills, acquiring at the same time new Spanish vocabulary and grammatical structures. Bilingual Beats song collections include original songs, specifically composed to reach language and music objectives, as well as traditional songs from Spanish-speaking countries in a variety of styles.

Alvaro Pérez guitar


Organised by ILAMS as part of Echoes Festival 2019 in collaboration with the Instituto Cervantes and Bilingual Beats

TICKETS £15 | 20% off Friends of Echoes Festival when booking online

BOOKINGS 07482 201616 |




Nuno Lucas | 'Iberia': Piano Music from Spain & Portugal

Fri 1 November 2019, 1.10pm
St James's Church
197 Piccadilly
United Kingdom

Isaac Albéniz's masterpiece, Iberia, stands as the most well-travelled, musical whistle-stop-tour of the Iberian Peninsula, but it does overlook one important region: Portugal! In this recital, the young Portuguese pianist, Nuno Lucas, will perform piano music from both Spain and his homeland to offer a comprehensive Iberian musical landscape, complementing Iberia's 'El Albaicín' with works by Silva, Vianna da Motta and Lopes Graça alongside others by Spanish composer Antonio Soler, and honorary Spanish composer, Domenico Scarlatti.

Hailing from Lisbon, Nuno Lucas is currently pursuing a Master's in Music at the Royal College of Music with the support of the Countess of Munster Musical Trust and Talent Unlimited, following undergraduate studies at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama where he graduated with First-Class Honours. Lucas has also participated in masterclasses with names such as Angela Hewitt, Katia and Marielle Labèque, Stephen Hough, Artur Pizarro and Paul Badura-Skoda. A prize-winner at numerous national and international competitions, Lucas performs regularly in the UK and abroad both as a soloist and chamber musician.

Domenico Scarlatti Sonata in C# Minor, K247
Antonio Soler Sonata in F# Major, R90
Óscar da Silva Dolorosas (Selection)
José Vianna da Motta Barcarolas
Fernando Lopes Graça Variações sobre um tema popular português
Isaac Albéniz Iberia: ‘El Albaicín’

Nuno Lucas piano

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Organised by ILAMS as part of Echoes Festival 2019 in collaboration with the Instituto Cervantes and St James's Piccadilly, with the kind support of Talent Unlimited

TICKETS Admission free; exit donations welcome

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




José Manuel López | Composition Workshop & Illustrated Talk

Fri 1 November 2019, 4.00pm
Angela Burgess Recital Hall
Royal Academy of Music, Marylebone Road, Marylebone
United Kingdom

As part of his visit to the Royal Academy of Music, where he will be leading a workshop for composition students, José Manuel López López - one of Spain's leading contemporary composers - will offer an illustrated presentation on his work in the new Angela Burgess Recital Hall.

Specific themes analysed will include the composer’s trajectory as a composer and, in particular, the influence of electronic music on his instrumental works such as the piano and violin concertos; his circular approach to musical time and temporal use of scales in works such as Study No. 2 on Metric Modulations for 4 percussion instruments, Haikus of the Sea and VibraZoyd for vibraphone and electronics; his use of instrumental and metric granulation as applied to micro and macro temporal scales; extra-musical influences in pieces such as Autumn Wind, where poetry (haikus) and algorithm combine; and in reference to works such as La Céleste, Homing, and No time the composer will consider his collaborations with other artists.

José Manuel López López speaker

SNEAK PEEK! Audio clips

Presented by ILAMS as part of Echoes Festival 2019 in collaboration with the Instituto Cervantes and the Royal Academy of Music

TICKETS Admission free

BOOKINGS | Attendance is strictly by prior booking only, via email. Please note that places are limited, with priority given to Friends of Echoes Festival




Vivace Chorus & Friends | 'Mass in Blue'

Sat 9 November 2019, 7.30pm
London Road
United Kingdom

"Sexier than '50 Shades of Grey'." Bob Geldof 

There’s plenty to get your hips swaying in this sultry concert of jazz and Latin-American classical tango. Martin Palmeri’s cult choral masterpiece Misa a Buenos Aires is ingeniously juxtaposed with the Mass in Blue by acclaimed international composer and Guildford resident, Will Todd, which has also fast become one of the most popular modern choral works in the world. Playing with the Will Todd Ensemble will be the chart-busting Latin American music specialists, the Santiago Quartet, alongside the UK's very own home-grown bandoneon player, Julian Rowlands, and bass player, Tom Mason. ...And if that’s not exciting enough, there will be live tango dancing from dance partners Richard Manuel and Paula Duarte, who performed in Guildford to huge acclaim in the 2018 Spring Music Festival.

Astor Piazzolla Milonga del Angel | Oblivion | Otoño porteño
Martin Palmeri Misatango: Misa a Buenos Aires
Will Todd Mass in Blue

Vivace Chorus
Jeremy Backhouse conductor
The Santiago Quartet
Francis Pott piano
Julian Rowlands bandoneon
Tom Mason double bass
Will Todd Ensemble
Richard Manuel & Paula Duarte dancers

SNEAK PEEK! Video clip

Organised by ILAMS as part of Echoes Festival 2019 in collaboration with the Instituto Cervantes and the Vivace Chorus, in aid of Mind

TICKETS £24, £20 | £13 Under-16s | £7 Friends of Echoes Festival  

+ Retiring collection in aid of Mind

BOOKINGS 01483 369350 |



GUITARRISIMO | Yiannis Efstathopoulos | 'The Exiled Guitar': Spanish Guitar Music c. 1930

Tue 12 November 2019, 7.30pm
King's College (Chapel)
Strand Lane
United Kingdom

In tandem with the Instituto Cervantes' conference on Spanish exile, Guitarist Yiannis Efstathopoulos presents the UK launch of his recently-released album, Seis Caprichos, on the Passacaille label - a project re-framing the modern Spanish classical guitar canon around the largely forgotten output of the so-called Generation ’27. Composed in the 1930s, this music was only revived and published in recent decades; having fallen victim to the ravages of the Spanish Civil War, its composers were either assassinated or exiled by the Franco regime. The first guitar works to be written by non-guitarist composers, they represent part of the compelling zeitgeist of an era protagonised by the genius of Federico García Lorca, at a fascinating time when the guitar was still searching for its place and formulating its identity within the art music of Spain and beyond.

Greek guitarist Yiannis Efstathopoulos is a passionate performer and researcher of Spanish music who has performed and lectured in major concert halls, festivals and conferences worldwide. His studies include Classical Guitar, Early Plucked Instruments, Composition and World Music at the University of Macedonia, the State Conservatory of Thessaloniki and Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussels (where he now works as a teacher and assistant researcher), as well as the Academia Chigiana in Siena and the Emilio Pujol Catedra Cervera. In recent years he has specialised in historical performance practices, and the Spanish Romantic Guitar in particular. As a PhD candidate at the Free University of Brussels he is currently completing his thesis on the Spanish Generation of ‘27. Yiannis performs on a guitar inspired by Santos Hernández, made by Christopher Dean.

Manuel De Falla Homenaje a Debussy
Julián Bautista Preludio y danza
Roberto Gerhard Fantasía
Gustavo Pittaluga Homenaje a Matéo Albéniz
Salvador Bacarisse Pavane
Rodolfo Halffter Giga
Antonio José Martinez Palacios Sonata

Yiannis Efstathopoulos guitar

SNEAK PEEK! Video clip

Co-produced by ILAMS and the Instituto Cervantes as part of Echoes Festival 2019 and the guitarrísimo series in collaboration with King's College London, with the kind support of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce


In Advance £14 | £12 Concessions
£10 Members of ILAMSFree to Friends of Echoes Festival
On the Door £18 | £16 Concessions
£14 Members of ILAMSFree to Friends of Echoes Festival

BOOKINGS 0800 411 8881 (lines open 24/7) |



GéNIA | Piano-Yoga® Immersive Concert: 'Latin Vibes'

Thu 14 November 2019, 7.30pm
The Swiss Church
79 Endell Street
United Kingdom

'An outstanding musician.' The Times

Welcome to an exciting new classical event concept and the chance to improve your health and wellbeing aided by the holistic musical art of inimitable Russian concert pianist, composer and qualified BWY yoga instructor, GéNIA.

In this immersive event, GéNIA - founder of the ground-breaking Piano-Yoga® method - invites you to participate in a true 'Piano-Yoga®' experience uniting mind, body and spirit. A fresh and unique response to the current 'yoga class with live music' craze, the session will pair specific yoga exercises with complementary musical performances in a symbiotic way to allow each to inform and enhance the other. Participants will be led through various yoga postures and yogic breathing exercises in between guided musical listening segments as part of a specially-curated programme designed specifically to sharpen awareness, uplift and energise. Inspired by the mystical music of Spanish composer Federico Mompou, GéNIA also harnesses the zesty and upbeat Latin vibes of Piazzolla alongside music by Scarlatti, Japanese Buddhist composer Somei Satoh and compositions from her own recently-released album Babylon. The Swiss Church, located in the heart of Covent Garden, offers the perfect setting in which to hear this luminous music, with its bright, contemporary space and clean and spacious environment. Prepare to leave this event transformed, refreshed and ready for the weekend!

PLUS Ticket includes a complimentary glass of Spanish wine and the chance to mingle and meet the artist after the event!

No previous experience of yoga is required. We recommend that you bring your yoga mat, yoga block and belt, if you have them, and be ready to take your shoes off. But if you prefer not to take part in any of the practical exercises, just sit back and enjoy the music! (Chairs will be provided.)

An enigma of the music world, GéNIA has a diverse repertoire and an enthralling stage presence. Following performances at Wigmore Hall, Southbank Centre and St Martin-in-the-Fields to name just a few, GéNIA’s concerts often take a form of a show, rather than a classical concert, as she loves to connect with her audience and make the experience very personal. GéNIA is a Caffè Nero featured classical artist and has recently enjoyed success as a composer with the release of her latest solo piano album Babylon alongside several sold-out London shows, whilst her music has been featured on the critically-acclaimed BBC TV series Killing Eve, the ITV series Cold Feet, Classic FM, BBC Radio 2, BBC London Radio, and Talk Radio, as well as in various other TV series and adverts.

Domenico Scarlatti Sonata in F Minor, K466
Federico Mompou Paisajes (Selection)
Astor Piazzolla Tango-Etudes: 'No. 4' | Libertango
Somei Satoh Incarnation 2
GéNIA Babylon

GéNIA concert artist & yoga session leader

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Organised by ILAMS as part of Echoes Festival 2019 in collaboration with the Instituto Cervantes and Piano-Yoga®, with the kind support of Ribera del Duero


In Advance £20 | £15 Concessions
£10 Members of ILAMSFree to Friends of Echoes Festival
On the Door £25 | £20 Concessions
£15 Members of ILAMSFree to Friends of Echoes Festival

BOOKINGS 0800 411 8881 (lines open 24/7) |



Lorena Paz Nieto & Helen Glaisher-Hernández | 'Mujeres ¡Presentes!': The Secret Songs of Latina Women Composers

Fri 15 November 2019, 8.00pm
October Gallery
24 Old Gloucester Street, Holborn
United Kingdom

'So beautiful!' BBC Radio 4 (Woman's Hour)

In the relatively macho world of Latino culture, it is paradoxically refreshing to know that some of Spain and Latin America's greatest composers and writers are in fact women. In this event we invite you to enter the captivating world of Luso-Hispanic art song as conceived by its most outstanding and beguiling women authors. Discover the compelling voices of women poets and musicians spanning three centuries from all corners of the Latin world, including Spain, Cuba, Venezuela, Argentina, Brazil and Mexico, presented by two pre-eminent female Spanish-British artists specialising in this repertoire: soprano Lorena Paz Nieto and pianist Helen Glaisher-Hernández.

Alongside the more established names of composers such as Teresa Carreño, Chiquinha Gonzaga, Gisela Hernández, and some of the pillars of Luso-Hispanic letters like Santa Teresa de Ávila, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz and Gabriela Mistral, the concert also presents the forgotten treasures and forbidden songs of some twenty lesser-known authors, including several British premieres and the celebration of two 2019 centenaries: Hilda Pires dos Reis (1919-2001, Brazil) and María Alvarez Ríos (1919-2010, Cuba). The artists will introduce you to the incredible personalities of all these creative women and the inspiring, and often tragic, biographical stories behind their art.

Difficult to define collectively, the songs in this eclectic programme broach a kaleidoscope of themes, covering everything from love, motherhood and gender politics to less stereotypically 'femenine' subjects such as landscape, philosophy and spirituality, articulated through a multitude of musical languages and influences as diverse as plainchant, folk music, jazz, tango, zarzuela, children's songs, Romanticism, film music and various avant-gardes. The best reason to come along to this event is, however, not to hear some great women composers, but simply to hear some great composers! Prepare yourself for an evening of lyric revelations and essential new musical acquaintances that might just leave you wondering how you ever managed to live without them.​..

Teresa Carreño / Alphonse Marie Louis de Lamartine Feuillet d'album
Gisela Hernández / Angel Gaztelu Miraba la noche el alma
Modesta Bor / Nicolás Guillén Tríptico sobre poesía cubana: 'Canción de cuna para dormir a un negrito'
Chiquinha Gonzaga / Chiquinha Gonzaga Lua branca
Judith Weir / Anonymous A Spanish Liederbooklet: 'Seranilla de la zarzuela'
María Rodrigo / Martínez Sierra Ayes: ‘No. 3’
Carlota Garriga / Anonymous Cançons populars catalanes: ‘Canço del lladre’
Matilde Salvador / Xavier Casp D’aires de cançó: 'Jo faria'
Irma Urteaga Cánticos para soñar: 'Vocalise'
Catarina Domenici / Catarina Domenici Marielle Presente
Odaline de la Martínez / Federico García Lorca Canciones: ‘Es verdad’
Hilda Pires dos Reis / Hilda Pires dos Reis Modinha
Adriana Verdié / Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz de mujeres y elementos: 'mujer agua (Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz)'
Ernesto Lecuona / Juana de Ibarbourou Cinco canciones con versos de Juana de Ibarbourou: 'Quiero ser hombre'
Carlos Guastavino / Gabriela Mistral Seis canciones de cuna de Gabriela Mistral: 'Encantamiento'
Antonio Estévez / Ana Teresa Hernández Primeros pasitos
Heitor Villa-Lobos / Dora Vasconcellos Floresta do Amazonas: 'Melodia sentimental'
Alberto Ginastera / Silvina Ocampo Las horas de una estancia: 'Alba'
Ariel Ramírez / Félix Luna (after Alfonsina Storni) Mujeres argentinas: 'Alfonsina y el mar'
Astor Piazzolla / Eladia Blázquez Siempre se vuelve a Buenos Aires
Manuel García Morante / Santa Teresa de Avila Exclamaciones de Santa María de Jesús: ¡Oh, Dios mío y mi sabiduría!
Yvette Souviron / Yvette Souviron Carnavalito: canción del Altiplano
Meri Lao / Meri Lao Una donna senza uomo
Bárbara Llanes / Bárbara Llanes Entre el mar y la ciudad

PLUS Ticket includes a complimentary glass of Spanish wine!

Lorena Paz Nieto soprano
Helen Glaisher-Hernández piano

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Organised by ILAMS as part of Echoes Festival 2019 in collaboration with the Instituto Cervantes, with the kind support of Ribera del Duero

TICKETS (Include a complimentary glass of Spanish wine)

In Advance £14 | £12 Concessions
£10 Members of ILAMSFree to Friends of Echoes Festival 
​On the Door £18 | £16 Concessions
£14 Members of ILAMSFree to Friends of Echoes Festival 

BOOKINGS 0800 411 8881 (lines open 24/7) |



Workshop for Singers: Come & Sing Mexican Baroque Choral Gems with Jagoba Fadrique

Sat 16 November 2019, 10.30am
St Botolph-without-Bishopsgate
United Kingdom

If you are an amateur singer passionate about classical music with some prior experience of choral performance, treat yourself to an uplifting workshop on 16 November in the atmospheric Baroque surroundings of St Botolph-without-Bishopsgate's Church, and come and see what this feel-good choral craze is all about – it's the perfect opportunity to exercise and socialise!

In celebration of the 2019 quatercentenary of Mexican Baroque composer Juan García de Zéspedes (ca. 1619–1678), this one-day workshop will explore a selection of Zéspedes' works alongside others by his fellow Choirmasters at the Puebla Cathedral in Mexico where he was maestro de capilla: Gaspar Fernandes, Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla and Antonio de Salazar. This varied programme of small-scale works will comprise texts in Spanish, Latin, Creole (and Náhuatl!).

You’ll be amazed how quickly you can learn a new piece with the help of our friendly conductor Jagoba Fadrique - one of the UK's most sought-after Spanish singers and specialist Hispanic choral directors. In the UK Fadrique has collaborated with the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields and the Coro Cervantes (with whom he is currently Associate Conductor), and with many of Spain's leading choral ensembles, as well as Early music groups such as the Schola Gregoriana of Cambridge. Appearances include some of the UK's most prestigious venues, including St John’s Smith Square, Wigmore Hall and the Globe. His performances have been broadcast on the BBC, RTVE, RNE, KBS (Korea), NPO (Holland) and he has recorded for numerous labels, including Signum Records, RTVE Música, and NB Musika.

Juan García de Zéspedes Ay que me abraso | Convidando está la noche | Hermoso amor que forxas | Salve Regina
Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla Ah, siolo Flasiquiyo | Las estrellas se ríen | Stabat Mater | Versa est in luctum
Gaspar Fernandes Magnificat | Tleycantimo Choquiliya | Un relox a visto Andrés | Xicochi conetzintle
Antonio de Salazar Guarda la fiera | Missus est Gabriel | O vos Omnes | Oigan un vejamen

Jagoba Fadrique conductor

Organised by ILAMS as part of Echoes Festival 2019 in collaboration with the Instituto Cervantes and Lacock Courses 

TICKETS £45 | £40 Concessions | £35 Members of ILAMS£10 Friends of Echoes Festival

Ticket price includes:

  • Use of a hire score. (You may also opt to puchase a copy to keep, if you prefer.)
  • Complimentary refreshments throughout the day
  • Free entry to the Lacock Scholars Concert in the Evening

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Places allocated to participants on a first-come-first-served basis




Lacock Scholars | 'Zéspedes 400': Choral Treasures of the Mexican Baroque

Sat 16 November 2019, 7.00pm
St Botolph-without-Bishopsgate
United Kingdom

The city of Puebla in Mexico was founded in 1531, and by the 17th century had become a cultural jewel in the Spanish colonial crown. Initially, the music at Puebla's famous cathedral was led by composers brought to Mexico from Spain and Portugal, such as Gaspar Fernandes or the famous Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla, who had already developed a career in Spain before arriving in Puebla in his early 30s, in 1622. Under his leadership the musical establishment there reached its zenith, and into this flourishing environment was born Puebla's native Mexican maestro, Juan García de Zéspedes (1619 – 1678).

Join us for a colourful concert of Mexican Baroque choral treasures performed by the UK's premier amateur consort, The Lacock Scholars, in celebration of Zéspedes' 400th birthday. Conducted by Greg Skidmore, one of the country's leading specialist performers of Renaissance polyphony, the group will present a selection of Zéspedes' works alongside others by his fellow Choirmasters at the Puebla Cathedral, and selected Spanish Renaissance masterworks that were also an integral part of Zéspedes' repertoire. The concert will be in the characteristic Lacock Scholars style; seamless and without applause, allowing you to approach the music on your own terms, surrounded by the magnificent architecture of one of east London's hidden gem Baroque churches, St Botolph-without-Bishopsgate.

PLUS Ticket includes a complimentary glass of Spanish wine and the chance to mingle and meet the musicians after the performance!

Lacock Scholars voices
Greg Skidmore conductor

SNEAK PEEK! Audio clips

Organised by ILAMS as part of Echoes Festival 2019 in collaboration with the Instituto Cervantes and Lacock Courses, with the kind support of Ribera del Duero


In Advance £14 | £12 Concessions
£10 Members of ILAMSFREE to Friends of Echoes Festival
On the Door £18 | £16 Concessions
£14 Members of ILAMSFREE to Friends of Echoes Festival

BOOKINGS 0800 411 8881 (lines open 24/7) |



Echoes Festival 2019

10 October 2019 - 16 November 2019Major Venues around London
United Kingdom

Banish those Autumn blues and let yourself be carried away to the sunnier climes of Iberia and Latin America at Echoes Festival 2019, as we bring you some sizzling music performed by the hottest talent in Latin classical.

Echoes Festival was launched in 2016 as the new flagship project of ILAMS (the Iberian and Latin American Music Society), in collaboration with the Cervantes Institute. Now in its 4th year, the Festival has brought unique classical Iberican 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.

Echoes Festival 2019 has something for everyone: whether you're into Early music or contemporary composers; choral repertoire or piano concerts; whether you're interested in exploring the more serious reaches of the repertoire or you want to indulge your lighter side... This Festival is for you. We can't wait to see you there!

10 Oct | Alessandro Santoro | Homage to Cláudio Santoro | Senate House, University of London
11 Oct | Liliana Salsano CD Launch | Guastavino Piano Works | St Martin-in-the-Fields
19 Oct | Odaline de la Martínez | EF Young Talents Open Masterclasses & Concert | King's College
24 Oct | Ray Picot | Ray's Round-Up LIVE!: Enrique Granados | Instituto Cervantes
29 Oct | Bilingual Beats | Musical Spanish Class for Little Ones | The Parent Hood, Chiswick
1  Nov | Nuno Lucas | 'Iberia': Music from Spain & Portugal | St James's Piccadilly
1  Nov | José Manuel López López | Composition Talk & Workshop | Royal Academy of Music
9  Nov | Vivace Chorus & Friends | 'Mass in Blue' | GLive, Guildford
12 Nov | Yiannis Efstathopoulos CD Launch | 'The Exiled Guitar': Spanish Guitar Music c. 1930 | King's College
14 NovGéNIA | Piano-Yoga® Immersive Concert: 'Latin Vibes' | The Swiss Church
15 Nov | Lorena Paz & Helen Glaisher | 'Mujeres ¡Presentes!': The Secret Songs of Latina Women Composers | October Gallery
16 Nov | Come & Sing Mexican Baroque with Choral Gems with Jagoba Fadrique | St Botolph-without-Bishopsgate
16 Nov | Lacock Scholars | 'Zéspedes 400': Choral Treasures of the Mexican Baroque | St Botolph-without-Bishopsgate


£7-£45, plus numerous free and pay-what-you-can events.
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