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Between Chords: Vitae Talks

24 Jun 7:00 pm - 5 Aug 8:00 pm


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The Embassy of Spain in London, in collaboration with Orchestra Vitae, is starting a new series of talks on Spanish music. Under the name “Between Chords: Vitae Talks”, these online sessions will invite audiences to join various celebrated figures of Spanish musicology alongside members of Orchestra Vitae – who will perform some of these works live – and other special guests from Spain. 

The theme of the talks will be Spanish music throughout various aspects, aiming to spread the knowledge of Classic Spanish music among British and Spanish audiences in the UK. The aforementioned activities will have an online format, and they will be broadcasted online, inviting audiences to engage with the speakers. The talks will begin on the 24th of June and will spread evenly throughout the calendar until the 5th of August. 

  • June 24th: The Music of Emiliana de Zubeldia, with pianist Antonio Oyarzabal. You can watch it here.

We kick off these series of conversations about Spanish classical music of present and past welcoming the young up and coming Spanish pianist Antonio Oyarzábal, who will converse with host and Orchestra Vitae´s Principal Conductors Pablo Urbina about the music of an often forgotten Spanish composer of the XX century, Emiliana de Zubeldia. Created in collaboration between the Embassy of Spain in the UK and Orchestra Vitae, in these series of talks we will not only learn about Spanish music but will also get the chance to listen to some of the members of the orchestra performing as part of the lectures.

  • July 1st: The world of wind ensemble music, with composer Oscar Navarro. You can watch it here

In the second talk of these series, we talk with one of Spain´s most prominent classical music composers, Oscar Navarro, about the world of wind ensembles in Spain. Nominated for a Goya Award for Best Original Soundtrack in 2014, in the world of wind ensemble music he is considered one of the greatest composers worldwide. His 3 clarinet concertos or his oboe concerto have quickly become standard pieces of the repertoire for these instruments, and through this COVID -19 crisis his processional march “Osanna in Excelsis” has become a staple in many cities as a sign of hope. Orchestra Vitae´s Principal Cello Mark Walkem will join the lecture to perform this wonderful piece of music arranged for solo instrument and piano.

  • July 9th: a conversation with Javier Monteverde. You can watch it here

For the third talk of the series, Pablo Urbina, Principal Conductor of Orchestra Vitae talks to Javier Monteverde, the sound engineer who has recorded, alongside conductor and National Prize of Music José Luis Temes, most of the repertoire of the lesser-known Spanish composers. Javier Monteverde will introduce the initiative “Project Luz” and discuss some of the works he has produced throughout the years. We will also witness the world premiere of Santiago Lanchares “Impatiens”, for clarinet and violin solo, performed by members of the orchestra.


24 Jun 7:00 pm
5 Aug 8:00 pm
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