Cuarteto De Cuerdas

This was the final performance in a series of four free concerts, and we had been lucky enough to claim two free seats at all of them, simply by turning up before the venues became full. These events had been funded by the government to provide a showcase platform for musicians at various stages in their careers and to increase public awareness of the classical genre and to provide easy access for those interested in taking part, even if only…

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Concierto Timplefonicas – Review

As we took our seats in the small room that was, at this early stage, still pretty empty, we heard a couple further down the row speaking in English. They were enthusing about the wonderful atmosphere of this intimate little concert room. It soon became obvious that they were keen culture vultures and they were waxing lyrical about previous events. Hearing them mention the Nordic Voices concert we reviewed on these pages a few weeks ago, I decided to butt…

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Compose, Improvise, Write It Down

We were fortunate to catch a free concert performance recently, that we had somehow overlooked being advertised. The Concierto Trumpetere was held at the end of April in the Biblioteque near the UD Lanzarote football ground. This was a performance to highlight some graduating players from the local music academy. Supported by their tutor, three late teenaged male players took to the stage, looking slightly startled to be up before an audience. The three student players were already superbly accomplished…

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Conciertos Clasicos – Cuarteto Le Guitaras

The performance by the Coral Polofonica San Gines had been absolutely superb, but we noted with glee that it was only one of four free performances over the course of the next few days offering a taste of different kinds of music. So, only two days later we saw four young musicians from the Academy, delivering a rendition in the Biblioteque opposite UD Lanzarote football ground in Arrecife. The three young ladies and one young man appeared to be in…

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Castillo San Jose

Concert Review – Yul Ballesteros Concert

OF CONCERTS IN CASTLES Yul Ballesteros Quintet – Castillo de San Jose – 22nd February   Last night, we discovered another magnificent location for live music here on Lanzarote. The Castillo De San Jose stands on the waterfront of Arrecife. Once a lookout point to warn off the sailing vessels of invading Moors it now overlooks a re-gentrified area, with huge cruise liners standing proudly in the distance. It may be a fairly un-prepossessing building in daylight, small and squat…

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