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Punto de Encuentro – The British Spanish Society Annual Concert

24 Nov 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


St James’s Church



The British Spanish Society, with the support from the Office for Cultural and Scientific Affairs, invites you to their annual concert at St. James’ Church in Picadilly. The evening’s programme is directed by former BritishSpanish Society scholar and virtuoso violinist Nicole Crespo O´Donoghue, and features cellist Laura Peribañez; guitarist and composer Gregory Sanders Gallego; and flautist Daisy Noton.

6:00pm Doors open
6:30pm Concert
7:30pm Reception with refreshments

Part 1
Introduction 5′
Group – Tango ‘Por Una Cabeza’ – C. Gardel 4′
Laura Peribañez – 1er mov, Suite for Solo cello – G. Cassadó 6’
Gregory Sanders – ‘Volver’ – C. Gardel 3’
Reading – English author by Paul Pickering 5’
Grupo – Tango – Albeniz 3’
Nicole Crespo – Zigeunerweisen – Sarasate 5’


Part 2
Nicole Crespo – Spanish dance from ‘La Vida Breve’ – Falla 4’
Daisy Noton- Tango Fantasia – Gade 6’
Laura Peribañez – solo cello Tagell 3’
Reading – Spanish author by Ignacio Peyro 5’
Gregory Sanders – ‘Tarde’ – Garay 3’
Group – Oblivion – Piazzolla 4’
Group- Libertango – Piazzolla 4’

Nicole Crespo O´Donoghue BSS Scholar awardee 2013 – Violin

Nicole is a young and vibrant, international virtuoso violinist. She is a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the Royal College of Music , where she is completing her PhD as an RCM Studenship holder. She is also a recording artist, creator and author, with publications and short documentaries on The Strad Magazine. 2019 saw the release of her first full solo album ‘Serenity’.

Nicole is Head of Strings at Westminster City School. Her aspirations are to inspire the education of tomorrow´s young musicians and performers. She states, “It is a privilege to not only teach young people to create music, but to help them become the best they can be. Music is essential for the successful sharing of knowledge. Music is no longer an option but a dare necessity.”

Nicole’s career has brought her into the most distinguished recording studios including Abbey Road Studios and Air Studios, where she has been involved in various film, tv and theatre soundtracks. Credits include: Yellowstone, The Two Popes, Alien Covenant and Assassin’s Creed.

She has Performed live for BBC Radio3 (InTune), National Irish Radio and ClassicFm, and participated in the first ever radio broadcast for pets, in collaboration with the Battersea Dogs Home. Performances have taken her worldwide with tours that include Abu Dhabi, Germany, Italy, Poland, Belgium, Spain and Ireland. She has also performed in all major venues in the UK, with regular performances at The Royal Albert Hall, Royal Opera House, Royal Festival Hall, Cadogan Hall and The Barbican.

Laura Peribañez – BSS Scholar awardee 2020 – Cello

Laura Peribañez Artero is quickly gaining recognition as one of the most exciting and versatile Spanish musicians of her generation. Growing up in Barcelona, she made her concert debut at l´Auditori de Barcelona at the age of 9 and has since performed extensively across Spain and Europe in festivals such as Aurora Chamber Music Festival in Sweden, ICMC Schloss Weikersheim in Germany and the Cello Biënnale Amsterdam.
She has received awards from the British Spanish Society, Drake Calleja Trust, Craxton Memorial Trust and the Culture Department of the Catalan Government and is grateful to the Hattori Foundation for their generous support. Laura is an Antonio Brosa Award holder at the Royal College of Music where she is pursuing an Artist Diploma degree. In 2020 she won the 3rd prize at the JM Spain String Competition.

Recent highlights include performances and recordings for Decca, ECM Records and Classic FM in London and concerts in Flagey (Brussels), Musical Instruments Museum (Brussels), White Piano Hall (Vilnius), DeSingel (Antwerp) and Theater aan het Vrijhof Maastricht. In Spain, Laura Peribáñez is a frequent guest at venues such as Palau de la Música Catalana (Barcelona) and Auditorio de Zaragoza. She has collaborated with and received guidance from the Casals Quartet, Frans Helmerson, Gary Hoffman, Ferenc Rados, Heime Müller and Gordan Nikolic amongst others.
Laura has recently performed in the Palace of Nations in Geneva and has filmed and performed in the new institutional video of the Government of Catalunya. She is currently developing the ‘Cognitive Dissonances’ project with the support of the Spanish Embassy in the UK, which includes the commission of a new work for cello and electronics.
She plays a cello made by Paul Belin in 2018 and a Bultitude bow from the Royal College of Music collection.

Gregory Sanders – BSS Scholar awardee 2017 – Guitar

Gregory is a London-born guitarist, composer & producer Gregory Sanders-Gallego started playing guitar at a young age, playing in bands with friends as a teenager, and later gaining a distinction in MA Jazz Performance & Composition from the Royal Academy of Music.

Working primarily in jazz, soul, folk, Latin-American and African musical styles, Greg is the leader and musical director of the jazz-world fusion collective Teotima, who have released two critically acclaimed LPs on First Word Records.

Greg arranged & produced Congolese-Argentinian singer Juanita Euka’s debut LP ‘Mabanzo’, released on Strut Records, their song ‘Alma Seca’ was featured in series 3 of the hit TV series ‘Killing Eve’.

Greg has also performed live and in the studio with Eliane Correa, Telajeta (LUKAS 2017 award winners), Namvula, Samba Azul, FUR, Bouche, Shadow Writing, Big Ben Jorge, Emma Lohan and others.

Daisy Noton – Woodwind Category Finalist in BBC Young Musician 2020 – Flute

Daisy studies flute with Karen Jones at The Royal Academy of Music and was a Woodwind Category Finalist in BBC Young Musician 2020. She previously studied with Susan Torke at the Junior department of The Royal Academy of Music. She has had many successes in international competitions including: First Prize Alexander & Buono International Flute Competition, First Prize Chicago International Music Competition (Young Artist II) and Prizewinner at the British Flute Society competitions 2017 (School Performer), 2018 and 2021 (Young Performer).

Daisy made her flute concerto debut in 2014 at the John Lewis concert in Ardingly Chapel and has since performed concertos with the London Mozart Players, Hastings Sinfonia and the Sussex Concert Orchestra. Daisy is a dedicated solo performer. She performed her first evening solo recital with Anne Marshall at the Opus Theatre, Hastings in November 2018 and has since performed as a soloist in Venice and at prestigious venues in the United Kingdom including at Birmingham Symphony Hall, Glyndebourne, St John’s Smith Square and the Duke’s Hall, London. She has also performed throughout East Sussex, at local churches, at the Hastings White Rock and Opus Theatres and Eastbourne’s Winter Garden.

Also an orchestral player, Daisy was principal flute of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain (NYO) in 2021, playing at the BBC Proms in August 2021 and has been a member of NYO since 2018. Daisy is currently principal flute of the Hastings Sinfonia and has played guest principal for the Sussex Concert Orchestra. In 2018, Daisy was appointed principal flute for the International Composers Festival Orchestra, conducted by John Andrews and is thrilled to have been appointed principal flute as well as Junior Ambassador for the 2022 Festival.



24 Nov
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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