Spanish and English students from leading musical academies in London performed a wonderful variety of works by eminent Spanish composers like Granados, Falla, and Torroba, along with Debussy (a great influence on Spanish composers), and the Argentine Piazzola, whose trail-blazing new tangos emerged from a cross-current of influences on both sides of the Atlantic.
Music ranged from traditional folk song and classical guitar to an eclectic composition performed by a string trio. The players were introduced by the charming and hugely talented Maite Aguirre who brought the evening to a rousing climax, conducting a moving arrangement for sextet of the Danza Ritual del Fuego composed by Falla.
The brillant players and singers were Marta Lopez Fernandes (piano); Laura Ruhi (soprano); Angel Garcia Lopez (viola); Gunel Mirzayeva (piano); Cristina Ocaña Rosado (vioiin); Damian Rubido Gonzalez (double Bass); Maria Camahort (guitar); Guy Button (vilin); Alfonso Noriega (viola); Sophie Rivlin (violencello).
In his welcome, vice-chairman Jimmy Burns paid tribute to the concert , describing it as emblemic of the Anglo-Spanish Society’s declared aim to promote a better understanding and sharing of British and Spanish culture. “This evening provides an excellent opportunity to highlight the excellence of talented young Spanish musicians in the heart of London-a true showcase,” he said.
The evening also provided an opportunity to thank the outgoing Ambassador of Spain, Carles Casajuana I Pallet for his constant support for the Society during him time in London.
Many thanks to Jose Ramon Rodino, Beatriz Gago, and Maite Aguirre for organizing the event , to Fidel Lopez Alvarez , Minister for Cultural and Scientific Affairs at the Embassy of Spain for support and promotion ,and for Javier Fernandez Hidalgo for providing tapas and wine.