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Songs for Sirina
Songs for Sirina

Sat, 24 Jun


Heath Street Baptist Church

Songs for Sirina

BAROQUE MUSIC FROM THE ANDES CELEBRATING NATURE followed by refreshments and a family-friendly workshop

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Time & Location

24 Jun 2023, 16:00

Heath Street Baptist Church, London NW3 1DN, UK

About the event

SATURDAY 24TH JUNE 2023, 4.00 PM


TICKETS £10 in advance or £12 on the door

Entry for under-18s is £5 (on the door only if accompanied by a full-ticket-paying adult)

Refreshments will be available

Rafael Montero (tenor) and Fabio Fernandes (baroque guitar) bring you an innovative programme of rarely heard early Andean baroque songs and instrumental pieces, mainly discovered in the C17 Codex Martinez and Codice Zuola of Peru. Sirina is the Andean goddess of music, depicted in Indigenous art as a merperson playing a guitar. These songs are about nature: flowers, mountains, the wind, birds, and the water (where Sirina lives). They express joy, reverence, care, and respect for the earth and all life on it.

The one hour concert will be followed by an optional family-friendly workshop exploring the implications of these songs for the environment and living in harmony with nature. The Andean people live simply, with great respect for nature, giving back as much as they take. Their heritage and traditions can teach important lessons for our own care of the environment.

[The concert is given by kind permission of Ewan King, Minister, Heath Street Baptist Church]

Rafael Montero, founder of El Parnaso Hyspano, is a solo tenor and ensemble singer, singing teacher, and coach. His heritage is native American and Spanish, and he has spoken Quechua since he was a child. He specialises in renaissance Spanish and South American Baroque music and also in Romantic and contemporary chamber music from Hispanic South America and Spain. With fortepianist Carole Cerasi he has made the first recordings of the songs of South America’s pre-eminent classical composer, Pedro Ximénez Abril y Tirado. He has researched and devised the programmes that El Parnaso Hyspano presents, drawing on his heritage and wide contacts in the Latin American world. In July 2022 he sang the title role in the UK premiére of Domenico Zipoli’s San Ignacio de Loyola, a baroque opera written for indigenous people from whom he is descended. He is also collaborating with Border Crossings, an intercultural arts organisation founded and directed by Michael Walling, specialising in the presentation of indigenous art forms.

Fábio Fernandes is a young classical guitarist and lutenist at the beginning of a promising career. An eager and confident performer, he participated in both solo and ensemble concerts in Portugal, England, Czech Republic and Poland. Recent highlights include recitals at the Barbican Centre, St. James’s Church Piccadilly, Milton Court Music Hall and a concert as soloist in Carulli’s Concerto in G major for Flute, Guitar and Orchestra with the Orquestra Con Spirito. Alongside his performing of the traditional guitar repertoire, Fábio started playing the lute and theorbo in 2015 with David Miller and James Johnstone. He was notably invited by Dame Emma Kirkby to join her project Dowland Works. He performed alongside members of Academy of Ancient Music at the Deal Festival and also participated in the London Handel Festival during the GSMD Cantata Project. Fábio recently obtained a 2nd Prize in the 21st Ivor Mairants Guitar Award 2021 and a 3rd Prize in the Concorso di Chitarra "Gaetano Marziali" 2021. Fábio is also highly engaged with music writing, collaborating regularly with young composers.

This concert is a production of early music ensemble

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