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2016 Festival Programme 

ECHOES FESTIVAL | 'Goyescas': Music in the Time of Goya | José Menor + The Latin Classical Chamber Orchestra

Wed 2 November 2016, 7.00pm
St John’s Smith Square
Smith Square
United Kingdom

‘One of the most outstanding Spanish pianists.’ The Daily Telegraph

Join Spanish virtuoso pianist José Menor and The Latin Classical Chamber Orchestra on an exhilarating musical journey to 18th-century Spain as they mark the 2016 centenary of the great Spanish composer Enrique Granados (1867-1916) with a unique multi-media programme inspired by the life and times of Granados’ greatest muse, the Spanish painter Francisco de Goya (1746-1828).

Granados was fascinated by the artworks of Francisco de Goya – falling in love (in his own words) ‘with the psychology of Goya and his palette…his quarrels, loves and flatteries’. Recognised internationally as a leading exponent of Granados, the pre-eminent Spanish pianist José Menor – cited as ‘the successor to Alicia de Larrocha’ (Diario de Burgos) – will give a complete performance of Granados’ magnum opus, the monumental piano suite Goyescas alongside other sumptuous vignettes also composed under the Goya banner, as part of a commemorative world tour launched at New York’s Carnegie Hall in March.

In collaboration with the Latin Classical Chamber Orchestra and special guests including classical guitarist Laura Snowden, soprano Christin Wismann and the illustrious flamenco dancer and percussionist Nina Corti, this exuberant programme also explores the elegant musical aesthetic of Goya's era and its intoxicating effect on the Romantic imagination of Granados’ contemporaries and beyond, to the 20th-century works of de Falla and the film music of Roque Baños. Expect a colourful programme of fiery Spanish fandangosseguidillas and boleroscoupled with well-known classical favourites by BeethovenScarlatti and Haydn, set against the Baroque splendour of St John's Smith Square.

Originally curated for The National Gallery as part of the 2015 blockbuster exhibition Goya: The Portraits, this ‘simply fascinating’ programme (Genteventos) is accompanied by a stunning visual projection of Goya artworks and will be introduced by Granados’ great-granddaughterBárbara Granados.

‘Devastatingly sublime.’ (Music & Vision)

José Menor piano | Laura Snowden guitar | Christin Wismann soprano | Helen Glaisher-Hernández piano | Nina Corti choreography & castanets | Elena Jáuregui violin | Nicole Crespo ODonoghue violin | Cressida Wislocki viola | Evva Mizerska cello

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This event is part of Echoes Festival organised by ILAMS in collaboration with the Instituto Cervantes with the kind support of Acción Cultural Española and the Embassy of Spain

Image: Detail from La Duquesa de Alba (1797) by Francisco de Goya y Lucientes (1746-1828)

TICKETS On the door £30, £20, £15, £10 | Concessions 10% off
Advance bookings Concessions 10% off
25% off when quoting discount code 'BOLERO'
50% off ILAMS Members

BOOKINGS 020 7222 1061 |





ECHOES FESTIVAL | Contemporary Granados | María Canyigueral

Mon 7 November 2016, 1.10pm
St James's Church
197, Piccadilly
United Kingdom

'A pianist of great personality and sensitivity.' La Vanguardia

Winner of several international music competitions and a finalist at the Concours International de Piano d’Ile de France, Catalan pianist Maria Canyigueral pays homage to the centenary of composer Enrique Granados with a programme of contemporary Spanish piano music, including the UK premiere of a new work by Benet Casablancas inspired by Granados, Dues pàgines per Granados, as well as Granados' own Allegro de concierto Op. 46. A specialist in Catalan repertoire, her recording of Granados' Violin Sonata featuring violinist Lana Trotovsek was recently released on Hedone Records.

Federic Mompou Cançons i danses: 'No. IX'
Antón García Abril Sonatina
Xavier Montsalvatge Sonatine pour Yvette
Benet Casablancas Dues pàgines per Granados (UK premiere)
Enrique Granados Allegro de concierto Op. 46

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This event is part of Echoes Festival organised by ILAMS in collaboration with St James's Piccadilly

TICKETS Admission free; retiring collection

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




ECHOES FESTIVAL | 'Through Gilded Trellises': A Celebration of Spain

Fri 11 November 2016, 7.00pm
The Wallace Collection
Hertford House
United Kingdom

The Wallace Collection welcomes our new Director and Spanish painting specialist Dr Xavier Bray with a special evening concert, ‘Through Gilded Trellises': a Celebration of Spain, featuring award-winning soprano Natalya Romaniw and acclaimed tenor Luis Gomes. Inspired by the Collection’s impressive assemblage of Spanish Old Master paintings, the concert will highlight music by Turina, Mompou and Granados in addition to Spanish-inspired music by celebrated European composers such as Debussy and Scarlatti. The intimate concert will be held in the Collection’s Great Gallery, surrounded by some of art history’s most recognizable Old Master paintings, including Velázquez’ The Lady with a Fan and Rubens’ The Rainbow Landscape. The evening will also feature an ‘in conversation’ discussion between Dr Bray and pianist Iain Burnside, where they will consider the wider impact of Spanish painters and composers on European culture.

Natalya Romaniw soprano | Luis Gomes tenor | Iain Burnside pianist

Fernando Obradors Canciones clásicas españolas
Domenico Scarlatti Sonata
Federico Mompou Cantar del alma
Enrique Granados Tonadillas en estilo antiguo
Joaquín Turina Poema en forma de canciones
Hugo Wolf Nun Wandre, Maria | Die ihr schwebet
Claude Debussy La puerta del vino
Leo Delibes Les filles de Cadix
Franz Liszt Comment, disaient-ils
Sergei Rachmaninoff The Answer
William Walton Through Gilded Trellises
Manuel Penella El gato montés |

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Image: The Lady with a Fan (c. 1640) by Diego Velázquez (1599-1660) courtesy of the Wallace Collection

This event is part of Echoes Festival organised by ILAMS, in collaboration with the Wallace Collection

TICKETS £35.00 | £30.00 Concessions | Ticket includes a private gallery viewing and drinks reception

BOOKINGS 020 7563 9516 |



ECHOES FESTIVAL | Cervantes 400 | Elena Gragera & Antón Cardó

Mon 14 November 2016, 1.10pm
St James's Church
197, Piccadilly
United Kingdom

'Gragera possesses an innate musicality bordering on the magnetic.' El País

Spanish mezzo-soprano Elena Gragera is known for her themed programming and her long-standing commitment to Spanish music. Accompanied by Antón Cardó on the piano, she offers a programme celebrating two of 2016's most important anniversaries: Spanish Golden-Age author, Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616) and Romantic Spanish composer, Enrique Granados (1867-1916), whilst also giving a taste of her broad discography, which champions the song catalogues of lesser-known Hispanic authors such as Joaquín Nin-Culmell, Ernesto Halffter and Robert Gerhard, and also includes Canciones para Don Quijote (Songs for Don Quixote) released on the Columna Música label.

Elena Gragera Mezzo-soprano | Antón Cardó Piano

Roberto Gerhard Por do pasaré la sierra
Federico Mompou Cantar del alma
Enrique Granados Canciones amatorias (Selection) | Tonadillas en estilo antiguo (Selection)| Cançó d´amor | Canto gitano
Joaquín Rodrigo Villancicos: 'Pastorcito santo'
Leonardo Balada Tres cervantinas: 'Bailan las gitanas'
Ernesto Halffter Canción de Dorotea
Joaquín Nin-Culmell Canciones de la barraca: 'Siempre escogen las mujeres' | Vete, vete pícaro hablador
Hugo Wolf Spanisches Liederbuch: 'Köpfchen, köpfchen, nicht gewimmert'

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This event is part of Echoes Festival organised by ILAMS in collaboration with St James's Piccadilly and the Spanish Song and Zarzuela Festival with the kind support of Acción Cultural Española and the Instituto Cervantes

TICKETS Admission free; retiring collection

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





ECHOES FESTIVAL | 'Spain the Eternal Maja’ | Walter Aaron Clark

Tue 15 November 2016, 5.30pm
Lecture Room 2, West Road Concert Hall, 11 West Road, University of
Cambridge, Faculty of Music, Cambridge
United Kingdom

'The life and work of this great composer demand an exhaustive and detailed study, and I congratulate Walter Aaron Clark for contributing to the preservation of Granados' music.'Alicia de Larrocha

One of the world's leading experts on Enrique Granados (1867-1916), Walter Aaron Clark, marks the composer's centenary with a lecture entitled 'Spain, the Eternal Maja': Goya, Majismo, and the Reinvention of Spanish National Identity in Granados’ 'Goyescas'. Goyescas, a suite of six pieces in two books inspired by the art of Francisco Goya and composed between the years 1909 and 1911, is among the best-known Spanish piano works. The composer’s fascination with Goya was shared by many writers and composers in Spain around 1900, and this fascination has wider resonance in the political culture of the time. This paper briefly surveys the phenomenon ofmajismo in Granados’ late career and the role it played in the reinvention of Spanish national identity around 1900. 

Walter Aaron Clark is a Professor of Musicology at the University of California, Riverside, where he is the Director of the Center for Iberian and Latin American Music. He was the founding editor of Oxford University Press’ award-winning series Currents in Latin American and Iberian Music, and he is now editor-in-chief of the online journal Diagonal: An Ibero-American Music Review. He is the author of Oxford biographies of Isaac Albéniz, Enrique Granados, and Federico Moreno Torroba. In June 2016, King Felipe VI of Spain conferred on him the title of Comendador de la Orden de Isabel la Católica.

Click HERE to watch Walter Aaron Clark in conversation with Mundo Arts

Image: Detail from La maja desnuda (1795-1800), Francisco de Goya y Lucientes (1746-1828)

This event is part of Echoes Festival organised by ILAMS

TICKETS Admission free

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




ECHOES FESTIVAL | 'Granados-Llobet': A Centennial Voyage | Carles Trepat

Thu 17 November 2016, 7.00pm
St Peter's Church
119, Eaton Square
United Kingdom

Midnight on the 24th November 1915, and the sound of guitars and mandolins emanates from the port of Barcelona...guitarist Miguel Llobet is leaving for New York with his close friend Enrique Granados, and a group of his students have arrived to bid them farewell. Granados would never again return to Spain, drowning in the English Channel following a stopover in the UK after his boat was torpedoed by a German U-boat. A native of Lleida, Catalonia, like Granados, the pre-eminent guitarist Carles Trepat marks the Granados centenary with a programme based on his 2015 album Granados-Llobet, 100 anys d'un viatge, exploring the relationship between the two composers, including Llobet's transcriptions of Granados' piano pieces. He performs on an 1892 Antonio Torres instrument with gut and silk strings.

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

Enrique Granados Canción árabe | ¡Chopin..! | Tonadillas en estilo antiguo | Capricho español | Danzas españolas | Cuentos de la juventud Op. 1 | Seis piezas sobre cantos populares españoles
Miguel Llobet Preludio en re mayor | Cuatro canciones populares catalanas

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This event is part of the Guitarrísimo series organised by ILAMS and the Instituto Cervantes, with the kind support of the Institut Ramon Llull, and is also part of Echoes Festival, organised by ILAMS

TICKETS We recommend booking in advance to avoid disappointment | Ticket includes a complimentary glass of wine
Advance bookings: £14, £12 Concessions, £10 Members of ILAMS (limited availability)
On the door: £18, £16 Concessions, £14 Members of ILAMS (limited availability)

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





ECHOES FESTIVAL | Great Latin American Composers | Clara Rodríguez + TangOpera Duo

Thu 24 November 2016, 7.30pm
Bolívar Hall
54, Grafton Way
United Kingdom

Celebrating the Centenaries of Estévez and Ginastera

'Clara Rodríguez is a poet of the piano.' Antonio Estévez

'A duo of almost telepathic consonance.' Music & Vision

Join us for an uplifting evening of Latin American classical music at London’s intimate Venezuelan chamber music venue, the Bolívar Hall. ‘Venezuelan virtuoso’ pianist Clara Rodríguez (The Telegraph) joins forces with TangOpera Duo to mark the centenary of her compatriot, composer Antonio Estévez (1916-1988) with a concert showcasing his works for piano and voice as part of a vibrant programme of piano pieces by some of the giants of Latin American classical music, including the seminal Argentine composer Alberto Ginastera (Argentina) (1916-1983), who also celebrates his centenary this year.

Antonio Estévez is one of the most important Venezuelan composers of the 20th century, known especially for his Cantata criolla and Mediodía en el llano, recorded by the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra in 2008. A leading light of the Parisian-Venezuelan avant garde, Estévez’s music stands out for its rare beauty and profound originality. In Clara Rodríguez, Estévez has a longstanding ambassador for his legacy – her successful campaign to establish his output on the ABRSM 2015-2016 exam syllabus saw his music performed by thousands of pianists in the UK. Heard here alongside some of Latin America’s most famous composers, such as Villa-Lobos(Brazil) and Cervantes (Cuba), this event places Estévez firmly amongst the panoply of Latin America’s ‘Great’ composers. If you are unfamiliar with his music, this programme will be a revelation. An event not to be missed!

PLUS Join is after the concert for a complimentary glass of wine

Clara Rodríguez piano | TangOpera Duo soprano & piano | Timothy Adès translator-poet | William Roberts actor

Antonio Estévez 17 Piezas infantiles | Songs: 'Fresas maduritas', 'Nana del llanto', 'Primeros pasitos', 'Arrunango', 'Polo doliente', 'Habladurías', 'El ordeñador'
Heitor Villa-Lobos Bachianas brasileiras No. 4 (Selection) | Ciclo brasileiro (Selection)
Alberto Ginastera Three Argentinean Dances | Dos canciones Op. 3
Ignacio Cervantes Danzas cubanas for solo piano: 'Invitación', 'Los tres goples', 'Se fué y no vuelve más' | Danzas cubanas for piano four hands: 'La Camagüeyana', 'Los delirios de Rosita', 'Los muñecos'
Federico Ruiz Encuentro de Antonio y Florentino
Click HERE to watch a video of Clara Rodríguez | Click HERE to watch a video of TangOpera Duo
Click HERE to hear an audio clip of Clara Rodríguez | Click HERE to hear an audio clip of TangOpera Duo |

This is event is part of Echoes Festival organised by ILAMS with the kind support of the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

TICKETS £19 | £17 Concessions | £10 Standing | £13 ILAMS Members | Ticket includes a complimentary glass of wine

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





ECHOES FESTIVAL | Erato Piano Trio | Granados Chamber Music

Fri 25 November 2016, 1.00pm
St Martin-in-the-Fields
Trafalgar Square
United Kingdom

'A chamber group of musicians to be reckoned with.' Wiltshire Times

Granados developed an important performance career not only as a soloist, but as a chamber musician, working with Pablo Casals and Jacques Thibaud, to whom he dedicated his Sonata for Violin and Piano in A Major. Only the first movement was performed in Granados' lifetime, and this was rediscovered and published in the 1970s. Manuscripts of a second, incomplete fourth, and a very likely third movement have now been recently rescued, affording the much-awaited opportunity to hear this great piece in full, and to contemplate Granados amidst a shift in the late development of his compositional style away from that of his familiar Goyescas. First-prize winners at the Anglo-Czech Trust Competition and recently selected as featured artists by Making Music's Concert Promoters' Network, the Concordia Foundation Young Artists Scheme and the Kings Place Chamber Studio scheme, the Erato Piano Trio is rapidly establishing a reputation as one of the UK’s leading young ensembles, praised for their virtuosity, outstanding musicianship and stylistic versatility. Formed at the Royal College of Music in 2005, the Trio have played across the UK's major venues and festivals and internationally, including collaborations with distinguished Spanish clarinettist Joan Enric Lluna and a recording of works by David Braid for the Toccata Classics label.

Enrique Granados Violin Sonata | Tres preludios | Madrigal | Piano Trio

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This event is part of Echoes Festival organised by ILAMS in collaboration with St Martin-in-the-Fields

TICKETS Admission free | Suggested donation £3.50

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

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