‘Antonio Torres 200’: Fernando Espí Commemorates the Birth of the Modern Guitar

King's College London (Chapel)
Event Date: 
Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 19:00 to 21:00
Strand Lane, London, WC2R 2LS
‘Espí is one of the great Spanish classical guitarists.’ Ritmo

Without Antonio de Torres Jurado (1817-1892) we would not have the classical guitar. Considered the greatest luthier of his day, he gave birth to the modern instrument with his innovative improvements to its design, which produced a louder and more beautiful tone, helping to launch the guitar out of the drawing room and into the concert hall as an increasingly 'serious' instrument at a time when it was manifestly failing to compete with louder, more dramatic instruments. So superior was Torres' craft that his design remains, to this day, the blueprint for classical guitar production. Pre-eminent 19th-century specialist and multi-award-winner, Fernando Espí, presents a programme of Romantic Spanish guitar works by composers with a personal connection to Torres who helped shape his approach to guitar-making and who showed off his instruments to greatest effect. Espí will perform on a Joan Pellisa 2016 replica of an original 1863 Torres instrument.

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

This event is part of Echoes Festival 2017 and the guitarrísimo series organised by ILAMS and the Instituto Cervantes with the kind support of Wines from Spain, RC Strings and Amigo Month

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Advance bookings: £14 | £12 Concessions | £10 Members of ILAMS / IC On the door: £18 | £16 Concessions | £14 Members of ILAMS / IC