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J. R.  MONROY

Founder and President of the Latin American and Caribbean Cultural Society

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A comprehensive listing of all articles, reviews, features and other writing about the work of LACCS-UK since its foundation will appear over the coming weeks.

1984 - 2004

These articles and other writings are useful for students and scholars in Latin American contemporary music.

1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993
1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003
2004

1984

1984  Maurice Rosenbaum, Exotic mix a treat for London, Stage, Sept.,20,1984.

1984  Maurice Rosenbaum, Tribute to Pablo Neruda, Stage, October 25,1984.

1985

1985  Prof. J.R.Monroy LACCS-UK Hon. Director, Uruguayan Concert, An Speech given on the occasion of the first Uruguayan Concert, St. John's Smith Square, London,1985 (Archive).
1985  Prof. J. R. Monroy LACCS-UK Hon. Director, Speech given at St. John's Smith Square on the occasion of the Chilean Concert, 1st November,1985. (Archive Manuscript).
1985  Gordon Philips, Music from Chile, Musical Opinion, December, 1985.

1986

1986  LACCS-UK-Latin American and Caribbean Cultural Society, Concert of Contemporary Chilean   Music, Chilean News, London, April, 1986.
1986  Charles Myers, Operatic Music by Carlos Gomes, Musical Opinion, June, 1986.
1986  Gordon Philips, Venezuelan Composers of the 20th Century, Musical Opinion, August,1986.
1986   La Estrella de Panama, Crean en Londres Sociedad Cultural Latinoamericana, 13 de Noviembre de 1986.

1987

1987   This is London, An Evening of Colombian Music, Francisco Zumaque, February,1987.
1987   Gra-Bretanha Hoje, F.C.O.,Compositor em resumo, March-April, 1987.
1987  The Times Diary, Court and Social, 100th Anniversary of the Birth of Heitor Villa-Lobos, April 29,1987.
1987  This is London, LACCS-UK presents The Lontano Chamber Orchestra to celebrate 100th anniversary of the Birth of Heitor Villa-Lobos, Friday 24, April 1987.
1987  Classical Music, 100th Anniversary Birth of Heitor Villa-Lobos, 23-30 April 1987.
1987  The Diplomat, Latin American and Caribbean Cultural Society at St. John's Smith Square, May/June, 1987.
1987  Gran Bretana Hoy, F.C.O., Conciertos de Musica Latinoamericana, London,1987.
1987  Classical Guitar, LACCS-UK, September, 1987
1987  Gran Bretana Hoy, F.C.O. Resumen de Noticias, LACCS-UK Concierto de Despedida a Mr John Heath, Director Canning House, September-October 1987.
1987  The Diplomat, Farewell at Canning House, September/October, 1987.
1987  The Times, Court and Social, Concert: Latin American and Caribbean Cultural Society, October 23, 1987.
1987  This is London, Music by Mexican Composers, Conchita Antunano, Soprano and Jorge Federico Osorio, piano, Friday 16th October 1987.
1987  Colin Cooper, Marco de Santi, Classical Guitar, December, 1987.

1988

1988 Gran Bretana Hoy. F.C.O. Conciertos de Musica Latinoamericana, Londres,1988.
1988  David Allenby, Mexican Musicians, January, 1988.
1988  Gran Bretana Hoy, F.C.O.Conciertos de Musica Mexicana, Enero/Febrero 1988.
1988  The Times, Court and Social, Concert -Latin American and Caribbean Cultural Society, Martha Senn, Soprano and Helvia Mendoza, piano at St.John's Smith Square, London February,1988.
1988  Concert of Martha Senn at St.John's Smith Square, The Diplomat, March/April,1988.
1988  Brazilian Music by Marlos Nobre, Martina Tafur, Soprano and Orchestra St. John's Smith Square, Opera Magazine, Vol 39, No 4, April, 1988.
1988  Denby Richards, Marlos Nobre, preview the concert on 28th April in St.John's Smith Square when the leading Brazilian composer will conduct his own works, Musical Opinion, April, 1988.
1988  Robert Mathew-Walker, Marlos Nobre, Music and Musicians International, Vol.36, No. 8, April,1988.
1988  Denby Richards, Marlos Nobre Review, Musical Opinion, July,1988.
1988  Brazilian Music by Composer Marlos Nobre, This is London, Friday 22 April,1988.
1988  The Times Court and Social, Concert-Latin American and Caribbean Cultural Society (LACCS-UK), Marlos Nobre and Orchestra of St. John's Smith Square, April 29,1988.
1988   Classical Guitar, Duo Montes-Kircher, April, 1988.
1988   Alirio Diaz and LACCS-UK, Musical Opinion, June,1988.
1988   Concert of Maestro Alirio Diaz to the Diplomatic Corps at Painters Hall, The City of London, The Diplomat, May/June,1988.
1988   R.H., Duo Puleio Deschamps, Musical Opinion, December,1988.
1988   Primera Audicion en Gran Bretana, Carlos Chavez y Silvestre Revueltas, Gran Bretana Hoy, F.C.O., Noviembre/Diciembre,1988.

1989

1989  J. R .Monroy Man with a Mission, Colin Cooper, Classical Guitar, Vol.7, No 5, January,1989.
1989  LACCS-UK MAKES PLAN FOR 1989, Musical Opinion, January,1989.
1989  Conciertos Latinoamericanos: Mezzo-Soprano Martha Senn, Courtney Kenny, piano at St.John's Smith Square and Isabel Siewers with Delos Quartet, Argentine Music by Carlos Guastavino, Wigmore Hall, Gran Bretana Hoy, F.C.O. May/June,1989.
1989   Musica para celebrar centenario brasileiro, Gran-Bretanha Hoje, Julho-Agosto,1989.
1989   Operas from Mexico Contrasted with Bel Canto Tradition, Conchita Antunano, Soprano, Geoff Davidson, Baritone, John York, accompanist, Opera Magazine, Vol.,40, No 49, September,1989.
1989   Arias de la Opera Mexicana, Gran Bretana Hoy, F.C.O., Noviembre-Diciembre,1989.
1989   Maria Isabel Siewers, Classical Guitar, Vol.,7, No. 7, March, 1989.
1989   Irina Kircher and Alfonso Montes, Wigmore Hall and Alirio Diaz at the Painter Hall, Gran Bretana Hoy, F.C.O.,1989.
1989   Beatriz Parra, Soprano (Ecuador) Courtney Kenny, accompanist, Opera magazine, May, 1989.
1989 LACCS-UK CONCERT 
The Embassy of Ecuador and the Latin American and Caribbean Cultural Society (LACCS-UK), organised a concert at St. John's Smith Square. Soprano Beatriz Parra, former Vice Minister of Culture in Quito, was accompanied on the piano by Courtney Kenny. The event was sponsored by Kappa Maritime, the Commonwealth Corporation and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. THE DIPLOMAT, SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 1989.
1989  Talent from Italy, Marco de Santi, Guitar International, October, 1989.
1989  Carlos Barbosa-Lima, Colin Cooper, Classical Guitar, October, 1989.
1989  Carlos Barbosa-Lima, George Clinton, Guitar International, December,1989.
1989   Eduardo Fernandez, Colin Cooper, Classical Guitar, November,1989.
1989   Good News for the Chilean Guitar, Classical Guitar, November, 1989.
1989   EUROPEAN PREMIER OF CANTATA - ORATORIO COLOMBO by ANTONIO CARLOS GOMES (1836-1896)
Antonio Carlos Gomes wrote six operas:
"Fosca"(1873), "Salvator Rosa" (1874),
"Maria Tudor" (1889), based on a book by Victor Hugo; 
"Lo Schiavo:(1889), on a theme suggested by the Viscount de Taunay, and  with libretto by Camilo Paravicini; 
"Condor" (1891), and 
"Colombo" (1892). Opera-oratorio, based on the discovery of America.

European Premier of Cantata - Oratorio Colombo, Royal Lancaster Hotel, London, 12 December, 1988. In the presence of  Their Excellencies Celso de Souza e Silva, Brazilian Ambassador and Signor Boris Biancheri, Italian Ambassador.

INTRODUCTION by JEREMY WILKIN, Actor. 
Member of the Old Vic Company,  and the Stratford (Ontario) Shakespeare Company in Canada.

OPERA SINGERS:
GEOFFREY DAVIDSON, Baritone, Scotland, COLOMBO.
CONCHITA  ANTUNANO, Dramatic Soprano,
Mexico, ISABELLA.
ALAN FAIRS, Bass, England, IL FRATE.
RICHARD BERKELEY-STEELE, Tenor, England, FERNANDO.
ANTHEA GRAVILLE, Soprano, England, DONA MERCEDE.
STEVEN NAYLOR, MUSICAL DIRECTOR AND PIANIST.

Colombo, Oratorio in four parts by Carlos Gomes was first  performed at the Teatro Lyrico de Rio de Janeiro on 12th October 1892, Fourth Centenary of the discovery of America.  The Oratorio ends in great style with a magnificent hymn in praise of the New World. LACCS-UK's contribution in England to celebrate the 500th Years of the Discovery of America.


1990

1990   Beatriz Figares, (Uruguay), Soprano en Leighton House de Londres invitada por LACCS-UK, Sociedad uruguaya, Pro Opera, Ano V, No., V, Octubre/Noviembre, 1990.
1990  Musica Latinoamericana en Londres, Gran Bretana Hoy, Enero-Febrero,1990.
1990  J. R. Monroy and the New LACCS-UK by George Clinton, Guitar International, June,1990.
1990  LACCS-UK NEW SERIES, Classical Guitar, January, 1990.
1990  LACCS-UK 1990 Series, Classical Guitar, February, 1990.
1990  Musica Brasileira em Londres, Gran-Bretanha Hoje, F.C.)., Janeiro-Bevreiro,1990.
1990  Anna Loro, Italian and South American Music Harp Music, Classical Music, February, 1990.
1990  Naggi El Habashy, Music for Cello from Europe and Egypt, Patricia Romero (Mexico),piano, Classical Music, February, 1990.
1990  Marcelo Kayath, Brazil, Eliot Fisk , USA, Guitar International, April, 1990.
1990  Eliot Fisk, Musical Opinion, April, 1990.
1990  Oscar Olhsen (Chile), Actuara en el Wigmore Hall, El Mercurio, Martes 8 de Mayo de 1990.
1990  Oscar Olhsen, Classical Guitar, May, 1990.
1990  Oscar Ohlsen, Guitar International, May,1990.
1990  Exitoso Debut en Londres de Guitarrista O.Ohlsen, El Mercurio, Santiago, 9 de Junio, 1990.
1990  Christian Chanel, Musical Opinion, July, 1990.
1990  Oscar Ohlsen Chilean Guitarist, Musical Opinion, July,1990.
1990  Recital de violao, Gra-Bretanha Hoje,F.C.O.,London, Julho-Agosto, 1990.
1990  Oscar Ohlsen at the Wigmore Hall, H de C., Guitar International, August, 1990.
1990  Oscar Ohlsen by Colin Cooper, Classical Guitar, Sept., 1990.
1990  LACCS-UK CONCERTS, The Diplomat, September/October, 1990.
1990  Roberto Aussel, Guitar International, October, 1990.
1990  Roberto Aussel  makes return visit, Colin Cooper, Classical Guitar, October, 1990.
1990  Jorge Federico Osorio, Musical Opinion, Noviembre, 1990.
1990  Andean and Argentinian Music by Eduardo Falu/Jaime Torres, Classical Guitar, Nov., 1990.
1990  Eduardo Falu by Colin Cooper, Classical Guitar, November, 1990.
1990 COLUMBUS LACCS-UK TOWARDS 1992 THE QUINCENTENARY OF CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS APERTURE OF THE  SINGLE EUROPEAN MARKET
ANNUAL HEADS OF MISSION
GALA CONCERT LE MERIDIEN, LONDON 
3rd DECEMBER 1990 AT 6.30 PM.
 
THE HOSTS  FOR THE EVENING: 
HE The Ambassador of the Argentine Republic
and Senora Magdalena de Campora HE the High Commissioner for Guyana and Mrs Cita Pilgrin

The Gala Concert
Luis Rizzo Trio
Musique de Buenos Aires
TANGOS D'HIER ET D'AUJOURD'HUI
The trio's repertoire includes music by Greco, Piazzolla, Troilo, Berlingheri, Juan Carlos Cobian and Luis Rizzo himself.
THE DIPLOMAT, NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 1990.

1991

1991  LACCS-UK'S NEW SEASON STARS, Classical Guitar, January, 1990.
1991  Jorge Federico Osorio, Mexican Pianist, Gran Bretana Hoy, F.C.O. London, Enero-Febrero,1990.
1991  Trieste Harp Ensamble, Musical Opinion, January, 1991.
1991  Assieme Chitarristico Italiano, Musical Opinion, April, 1991.
1991  Trieste Harp Ensamble Concert Review, Musical Opinion, April, 1990.
1991  Four Harpist. The Times, Monday 14, January 1991.
1991  Roberto Aussel, Eduardo Falu, Jaime Torres and His Folk Group, Classical Guitar, February, 1991.
1991  Arnaud Dumond, Classical Guitar, March 1991.
1991  HACIA EL REESTABLECIMIENTO DE ESTRECHOS LAZOS. Con la reanudacion de las relaciones diplomaticas entre Gran Bretana y Argentina en 1990, la Embajada de Argentina en Londres inmediatamente comenzo a tomar parte en la presentacion de acontecimientos culturales, con el fin de apoyar la reintroduccion de musica y artes Argentinas dentro del ambiente Britanico. En asociacion con la Embajada, la Sociedad Cultural Latino- americana y Caribena (Latin American and Caribbean Cultural Society -LACCS-UK), organizo un festival de musica Argentina en Londres. Dicho festival comenzo en Octubre con el recital a cargo del destacado guitarrista Argentino Roberto Aussel en el Wigmore Hall. En presencia del Embajador argentino en Gran Bretana, S.E. Dr Mario Campora, el Sr Aussel interpreto musica de compositores Europeos, incluyendo el compositor Britanico Sir William Walton. Su repertorio tambien incluyo "Tres Valses" de Antonio Lauro y la primera interpretacion de "Nexus 83" pieza que el compositor Franco-Argentino Jose Luis Campana dedico al Sr Aussel. El Dr Campora actuo como anfitrion en la recepcion que tuvo lugar despues del recital, del mismo modo que hizo durante el intervalo de otro concierto celebrado a primeros de Noviembre en el Purcell Room, uno de los salones en el centro artistico de South Bank. Este acontecimiento propor-ciono la oportunidad unica de escuchar al guitarista EDUARDO FALU y al grupo de Jaime Torres tocando juntos, todos los asientos en el recinto fueron vendidos. En la primera parte del programa el Sr Falu canto y toco canciones populares argentinas. A continuacion Jaime Torres y su grupo folklorico realizaron una magnifica interpretacion de musica compuesta por el mismo, Jose Ramirez y Julio A. Perez, finalizando con la "Peregrinacion" . Por ultimo el Sr Falu y el grupo de Jaime Torres interpretaron juntos. Foreign and Commonwealth Office. 
GRAN BRETANA HOY, MARZO- ABRIL, 1991.
1991  From Bach to Bonfa and Back. A Profile of Carlos Barbosa-Lima by Colin Cooper, Classical Guitar, April, 1991.
1991  Carlos Barbosa-Lima,  Guitar News Compiled by Colin Cooper, April, 1991.
1991  Fascinating programme of Music from the Brazilian Amazon, Musical Opinion,  April, 1991.
1991  LACCS-UK commissions new work, Classical Guitar, April, 1991.
1991  Music of the Amazon, London Information, April, 1991.
1991  Luis Orlandini, Classical Guitar, June, 1991.
1991  Luis Orlandini Actuara en el Wigmore Hall, El Mercurio, Santiago, Jueves 23 de Mayo, 1991.
1991  Luis Orlandini Obtuvo un gran Exito en Londres, El Mercurio,  Viernes 12 de Julio,1991.
1991  Busy Month for LACCS-UK, Musical Opinion, June, 1991.
1991  Marlos Nobre on the South Bank, Musical Opinion, May, 1991.
1991  Arnaud Dumond, Musical Opinion, July 1991.
1991  Guitar Duo Garau-Millet, Purcell Room, London Information, August, 1991.
1991  Carlos Barbosa-Lima with Thiago de Mello by Therese Vassily Saba, Classical Guitar, September, 1991.
1991  Luis Orlandini by GC, Musical Opinion, September, 1991.
1991  Luis Orlandini at the Wigmore Hall, Classical Guitar, October, 1991.
1991  Jacqueline Puleio and Pierre Deschamps, Four Hands Piano Recital, Musical Opinion, October, 1991.
1991  Garau Millet by Colin Cooper, Classical Guitar, December, 1991.

1992

1992  THE LATIN AMERICAN GUITAR IN LONDON, JUAN MONROY TALK TO COLIN COOPER, Classical Guitar, January 1992.
1992  LACCS-UK IN 1992. Geoffrey Crankshaw talk to Juan Monroy, the moving spirit behind the Latin American and Caribbean Cultural Society, Musical Opinion, February, 1992.
1992 Berta Rojas -Guitar from Paraguay - Musical Opinion, London, February, 1992.
1992  Laurindo Almeida in London, Classical Guitar, London, March, 1992.
1992  Barrios and Berta Rojas by Colin Cooper, Classical Guitar, London, March, 1992.
1992  Berta Rojas, Purcell Room, Colin Cooper, Classical Guitar, London, June, 1992.
1992  Hassan Kamy, Tenor and Iman Moustafa, Soprano, Arias and Songs on the Bel Canto Tradition, The Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt/LACCS-UK Quincentenary of Christopher Columbus, Opera Magazine, London, May, 1992.
1992  Berta Rojas On the South Bank, Musical Opinion, London, May, 1992.
1992  Italian Guitars, Percussion and Voice, Musical Opinion, London, May 1992.
1992  Carlos Barbosa-Lima and the Wren Orchestra of London, Conductor Martyn Brabbins, Colin Cooper, Classical Guitar, London, June, 1992.
1992  Carlos Barbosa-Lima, Musical Opinion, London, June, 1992.
1992  Egyptian Opera Stars in London, Egyptian Embassy and LACCS-UK, Musical Opinion, London, July,1992.
1992  Octavio Lafourcade in LACCS-UK Series, Classical Guitar, London, July,1992.
1992   Exito en Londres para Musico Chileno, Octavio Lafourcade, El Mercurio, Santiago, Agosto, 1992.
1992   Assieme Chitarristico Italiano, GC, Musical Opinion, August, 1992.
1992   Laurindo Almeida, Classical Guitar, London,October, 1992.
1992   Symphonic Music from Mexico with the Wren Orchestra of London, Conductor, Enrique Diemecke and piano Jorge Federico Osorio, Musical Opinion, London, November, 1992.
1992   LACCS-UK SEASON, Classical Guitar, London, November, 1992.
1992   Assieme Chitarristico Italiano at  St. John's Smith Square, Classical Guitar London, November, 1992.
1992  CONCIERTO DE DESPEDIDA A 1992: El ultimo concierto organizado por la Latin American and Caribbean Cultural Society (LACCS-UK) en este ano repleto de actividades - celebratorias o anti-celebratorias - tuvo lugar a mediados de Noviembre en St. John's Smith Square de Londres. Alli, donde gracias a LACCS-UK escucharamos en otras oportunidades a Eduardo Falu y a Laurindo Almeida (solo para nombrar un par de musicos),  se dieron cita mexicanos conocedores de la musica sinfonica de ese pais en una velada llena de compensaciones. Virginia Shoppee converso con Enrique Diemecke, director artistico de la Orquesta Sinfonica de Mexico, antes del concierto. Latin American CHASQUI, London, December 1992-January 1993.

1993

1993  Mexican Music at St. John's, BH., Musical Opinion, London, January.1993.
1993  CONCERTISTA EN GUITARRA VIAJA OTRA VEZ A LONDRES, La Tercera, Santiago de Chile, Lunes 22 de Febrero de 1993. " Todo un honor constituye para el Profesor del Instituto de Musica de la Universidad Catolica, Oscar Ohlsen, la invitacion que por segundo ano le realiza la organizacion Britanica "Latin American and Caribbean Cultural Society", dirigida por el Chileno Juan R. Monroy donde cada ano se presentan los mas importantes guitarristas del mundo..."
1993  The Chilean guitarist OSCAR OHLSEN is returning to London to give a recital at the Wigmore Hall on  26th February at 7.30 pm. Musical Opinion, London, February, 1993.
1993  EMPRESARIO CHILENO ORGANIZA CONCIERTOS EN SALAS IMPORTANTES DE LONDRES, Juan Monroy posee una destacada organizacion artistica, Diario "La Epoca", Santiago de Chile, 3 de Marzo, 1993.
1993   BOLIVIAN QUECHUA SINGER  Luzmila Carpio comes to the South Bank on 18th March, Musical Opinion, London, March, 1993.
1993   SONGS OF THE INDIAN LAND, music & spiritual songs of the indians of Bolivia & festival rituals by Luzmira Carpio and Heriberto Santiago Murillo. First Concert in Aymara-Quechua language from the Andes, The Daily Telegraph, Saturday, March 13,1993.
1993   MUSICO CHILENO EN INGLATERRA: Elguitarrista Oscar Ohlsen ofrecio el 26 de Febrero un concierto en el Wigmore Hall de Londres. Su presentacion estuvo enmarcada en las actividades que lleva a cabo la Sociedad Cultural Latinoamericana y Caribe (LACCS-UK en su sigla Inglesa). Patrocinaron el evento S.E. Sr.  German Riesco, Embajador de Chile en Londres y el Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores de Chile. Diario EL Mercurio, Santiago de Chile, Jueves 11 de Marzo de 1993.
1993  LACCS-UK'S LATEST PLAN. GEOFFREY CRANKSHAW TALK TO JUAN MONROY, Musical Opinion, London, April,1993.
1993   LAURINDO ALMEIDA AND DELTRA  EAMON : ROMANTIC SONGS FROM BRAZIL Wigmore Hall, 28th May, 1993, Classical Guitar, London, May, 1993.
1993   Oscar Ohlsen at the Wigmore Hall, Musical Opinion, London, April, 1993.
1993   ENSAMBLE LATINO - Tangos and Songs from Latin America, St. John's Smith Square, Tuesday 18th May at 7.30 pm., Musical Opinion, London, May,1993.
1993   ENSAMBLE LATINO, a trio of voice and guitars, will give a recital entitled Tango and Latin American Songs on Tuesday 18 May, 7.30 pm., at St John's Smith Square. The trio was formed in 1992 by three Argentine musicians from Buenos Aires who were living in Madrid: vocalist, Veronica Lepori, Mario Soriano on Keyboard and guitar and Ezequiel Lezama Camili on guitar, oboe, and alto sax. Classical Guitar, London, May 1993.
1993   MUSIC FROM THE CARIBBEAN AND THE AMERICAS by CHERRY MENDEZ, soprano, Nicholas Bosworth, piano, Purcell Room, Monday 28th June 1993, 7.30 pm., Musical Opinion, London, June, 1993.
1993   Ensamble Latino, St. John's Smith Square, Therese Wassily Saba, Classical Guitar, July 1993.
1993   Sharon Isbin, HIGH NOTES, Musical Opinion, London, June, 1993.
1993   ISBIN IN LONDON, Classical Guitar News compiled by Therese Wassily Saba, Classical Guitar, London, June, 1993.
1993  The Chilean guitarist OSCAR OHLSEN is returning to London to give a recital in the Wigmore Hall on the 26th February at 7.30 pm. His programme includes John Duarte's Birds and work by Barrios, Joplin, Leo Brouwer, Pujol, Dyens and music by two Chilean composers: The First Sonata by Pablo Delano and Creole et Fontaine by Edmundo Vasquez. Musical Opinion, February, 1993.
1993  Symphonic Music from Mexico with Enrique Diemecke, Guest Conductor, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Carlos Prieto, Cellist. LACCS-UK in Association with the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes (INBA) and the Mexican Embassy. Independent, London, Friday 17 September 1994.
1993  Latin American Tangos in St. John's ..."One of the great  pleasures of attending any performance mounted by the Latin American and Caribbean Cultural Society is the unexpected delights it provide for those of us unfamiliar with Latin American music"... Musical Opinion, BH, July, 1993.
1993  Symphonic Music from Mexico, The Sunday Times, The Culture, 12 September, 1993.
1993  Symphonic Music from Mexico, The Daily Telegraph,  Weekend, Saturday September 18, 1993.
1993  LUZMILA CARPIO, Purcell Room, London, 18th March, 1993. "The Latin American and Caribbean Cultural Society often brings guitarists to England to perform and we are very lucky for the perseverance and hard work of its director Juan Monroy. Based on the success of his classical music series which promoted performers and music from South America he has commenced to presenting South American folk music. Luzmila Carpio made her first London appearance at the Purcell Room as part of this series..."  Therese Wassily Saba, Classical Guitar, July, 1993.
1993    Mexican Music at the Barbican, Musical Opinion, November, 1993.

1994

1994   Guitarista Luis Orlandini Actuara en Inglaterra. El concertista Chileno se presentara en el Purcell Room de Londres, en el marco del decimo aniversario de la organizacion cultural LACCS-UK... El Presidente de LACCS-UK, el Chileno Juan Monroy, ha desarrollado por anos una extensa labor en pro de la difusion de la musica clasica de Latinoamerica en Europa..." El Mercurio, Santiago de Chile, 16 de Febrero de 1964.
1994  Therese Wassily Saba: REVIEW, Luis Orlandini, Purcell Room, London,  28 February 1994. Classical Guitar, London, March 1994.
1994   Musical Opinion: The Chilean guitarist Luis Orlandini gives a recital in the Purcell Room on 28th February, organised by Juan Monroy of LACCS-UK in association with the Chilean Embassy, in the presence of H. E. Senor Hernan Errazuriz, the Chilean Ambassador..."
1994   Orlandini at the Purcell Room, Classical Guitar, February, 1994.
1994   Luis Orlandini Guitar at the Purcell Room, Chilean Embassy in association with LACCS-UK, The Sunday Times, The Culture, 27 February, 1994.
1994   Luis Orlandini, Chilean and European Music, The Daily Telegraph, Saturday, February 26, 1994.
1994   Luis Orlandini, The Times, Today's Events, Monday 28 February 1994. " A rare opportunity to listen this Chilean guitarist give a recital of music from Latin America, Britain and Europe..."
1994   LACCS-UK - A TENTH ANNIVERSARY by COLIN COOPER. ..." Juan Monroy has built LACCS-UK into the leading UK organisation promoting Latin American classical music. The musical scene in London would be very much poorer without his organisation, and we can only hope that its operations will long continue."  Classical Guitar, April, 1994. 
1994   10 YEARS OF LACCS-UK. GEOFFREY CRANKSHAW LOOKS BACK AND FORWARD ON A REMARKABLE SUCCESS STORY. ..." last month Brian Hick reviewed a number of Latin American recordings -  something which would have been virtually impossible before the arrival of LACCS-UK. This month we look forward to hearing the Garau-Millet Guitar Duo at St. John's Smith Square on 15 April. We wish LACCS-UK a very happy Tenth Birthday. May there be many more. Musical Opinion, April, 1994
1994  Enrique Diemecke dirigira a la Royal Philharmonic Orchestra de Londres, el 15 de Septiembre proximo durante el segundo  concierto de musica Mexicana en el Royal Festival Hall de la capital Inglesa. Con Huapango de Moncayo, y el estreno en GB de La noche de los Mayas de Revueltas. J.R. Monroy, Presidente de LACCS-UK (Latin American and Caribbean Cultural Society), llegara hoy a Mexico para entrevistarse manana con el titular del CNCA, Rafael Tovar, y explicarle el proyecto... CANASTA CULTURAL, Eduardo Camacho Suarez, El  EXCELSIOR, EL PERIODICO DE LA VIDA NACIONAL, Seccion Cultural, 10 de Mayo de 1994.
1994  PROMUEVEN EN INGLATERRA MUSICA LATINOAMERICANA. Diemecke dirigira a la Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Latin American and Caribbean Cultural Society, dirigida por Juan R Monroy  permite que se interpreten las obras de CARLOS CHAVEZ Y SILVESTRE REVUELTAS en las Islas Britanicas.  REFORMA, Mexico, D.F., Viernes 13 de Mayo de 1994.
1994   CONCIERTO MEXICANO EN EL ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL, "Como abrir una caja de sorpresas, " cuyo contenido encanta, llega, definio J. R. Monroy la reacion que en miles de espectadores ha despertado la realizacion a lo largo de 10 anos de recitales y conciertos de musica de America Latina, que el a traves de su grupo Latin American and Caribbean Cultural Society (LACCS-UK) ha llevado a Londres" ... " J. R. Monroy recordo que aunque otros Directores como Batiz y Mata han dirigido  y/o grabado musica con la RPO, en esta ocasion el proyecto de LACCS-UK es dedicar el programa completo a nuestro pais., "con lo que seguramente habra retroalimentacion porque a traves de la musica no solo damos el mensaje, sino que llevamos la imagen de Mexico que mas tarde dara respuestas  que se expresaran a traves del comercio, las relaciones politicas y el intercambio cultural"...... J. R. Monroy considera deque a traves del trabajo de LACCS-UK, "la gente se relaciona con otras culturas, a veces muy lejanas aellos, y se familiarizan con otras formas de vida"..., EXCELSIOR, Patricia Rosales  y Zamora, Mexico , D.F. , Jueves 12 de Mayo de 1994.
1994   Garau-Millet, The Garau-Millet Duo were melodious with the English Chamber Orchestra, most ably conducted by Charles Peebles in St. John's Smith Square, GC., Musical Opinion, July-August 1994.
1994   BALLET FOLKLORICO DE CHILE. BAFOCHI. 
" What a show though and given the boundaries of folk dancing, one that entertained  riotously"..., Emma Manning, The Stage, 30th June, 1994.
1994    BAFOCHI ON THE SOUTH BANK " On the 25 May the humdrum atmosphere of the South Bank was lit with South American sunshine when the gifted and extremely lively dance and song company BAFOCHI  from Chile presented a superb programme of national songs and dances. "... Every seat was sold, and the audience applauded vociferously - with ample justice, for this was a triumphant evening, given under the patronage of the Chilean Ministry of External Relations, not forgetting the benign supervision of LACCS-UK. All I can say is "come again - soon".  GC., MUSICAL OPINION, Summer, 1994.
1994   TRADITIONAL SONGS AND MUSIC FROM VIETNAM Purcell Room, The Daily Telegraph, Saturday, July 16, 1994.
1994    VIETNAMESE ON THE SOUTH BANK, Musical Opinion, Autumn, 1994.
1994    Vietnamese Traditional Song and Dance Group, Purcell Room, London, FOLK ROOTS, November, 1994.
1994    CELIA LINDE ON THE SOUTH BANK MUSICAL OPINION, Autumn, 1994.
1994    Uruguayan Bandoneon virtuoso, Rene Marino Rivero, plays Latin-American Tangos and Bach in the Purcell Room on the 1 August. The ever enterprising Latin American and Caribbean Cultural Society, who have recently celebrated their Tenth Anniversary, have an exiting series of concerts over the Summer. On the 16 June they present the GUATEMALA ENSAMBLE at the Purcell Room, who bring a fresh approach to guitar playing. They follow the style created by Jorge Martinez Zarate with his own Guitar Quartet, and have adapted and developed  it to fit their own cultural context. The Ensemble uses a marimba in addition to the guitars,  creating a unique blend of sound which reflects the meeting of indigenous and Spanish elements in much of their work. Musical Opinion, Summer,1994.
1994   GUATEMALA ENSAMBLE. " A combination of three guitars and marimba, which makes up William Orbaugh and The Guatemalan Ensemble, might seem an exotic group for the Purcell Room, but the recital there on the 16th June turned out, on a hot Summer evening, to be a welcome and by no means inappropriate change for the large and  enthusiastic LACCS-UK audience. This was a very enjoyable concert, and a return engagement should ensure a warm welcome for these talented players", RM-W., Musical Opinion, 1994.  RENE MARINO RIVERO ON THE SOUTH BANK. Rene Marino Rivero gave a fascinating recital at the Purcell Room on 1 August. This was another well organised event under the tireless auspices of LACCS-UK and Juan R. Monroy. He was playing a Bandoneon a kind of accordion, invented in Germany in 1840 and strongly taken up in Latin America. G.C., Musical Opinion, Autumn, 1994.

1995

1995   LACCS-UK IN 1995, BRIAN HICK ANTICIPATE A STIMULATING SEASON. " In little more than a decade Juan R. Monroy has made the Latin American and Caribbean Cultural Society- known to its many friends as LACCS-UK - one of the most exiting and innovative music promoters in the country. His disarmingly polite and charming manner, responsive of each individual as if a personal friend regardless of whether this was a first meeting with a new member of the audience or a visiting ambassador, has enable him to establish a secure audience for concerts, which, given the current dearth of novelty within the serious music market, in many ways should only attract a smattering of interest,  but which in the event command attention. Much of this is down to the constant high quality of  the performers he brings to this country and  the superb level of enjoyment all of us get from them. It is obvious both from what I am writing here and from my reviews of earlier performances that I am an enthusiastic follower of LACCS-UK programmes. This should not imply that I enjoy them all equally but that they are never less than stimulating and always leave me wondering what on earth Juan is going to come up with next...",  Musical Opinion, Winter,1994.
1995  CON LA MUSICA EN EL CORAZON
COMPOSITOR Y MUSICO ARGENTINO PREPARA SU PRESENTACION EN LONDRES.
"Todos los que tocan instrumentos populares no saben musica, esta es una de las osadas afirmaciones que hizo Ariel Ramirez, musico Argentino cuando presento ante la prensa sus planes para el proximo concierto de su "Misa Criolla" en Londres. Proyecto musical bajo el auspicio de Latin American and Caribbean Cultural Society y la Embajada Argentina en Londres.
MUNDO LATINO, Edicion Quincenal, Londres, ano 1, No 2 - 28 de Febrero de 1995.
1995. ALIRIO DIAZ, GUITARISTA VENEZOLANO RINDIO HOMENAJE EN LONDRES A ANTONIO LAURO. CRONICA POR LEO PAREJAS
El guitarista clasico Alirio Diaz, considerado como el maximo exponente musical  Venezolano en el exterior, rindio el pasado 23 de Febrero en el Purcell Room del South Bank de Londres, un extraordinario homenaje al musico y compositor tambien Venezolano, Antonio Lauro (1917-1986), El guitarista fue ovacionado con los aplausos del publico por varios minutos y se vio obligado a salir del camerino en varias oportunidades y complacer con varias piezas mas. Durante el concierto, Alirio Diaz interpreto magistralmente piezas musicales no solo del folklore venezolano sino de otros paises Latinoamericanos. La presentacion en Londres del guitarista venezolano se dio gracias a la promocion de Latin American and Caribbean Cultural Society que dirige Juan R Monroy y a la colaboracion de la Embajada de Venezolana por intermedio del Senor Alfonso Montes, director del Bolivar Hall.

PROMOVIENDO LA MUSICA
Latin American and Caribbean Cultural Society es  una entidad que desde hace 10 anos he venido haciendo un trabajo de promocion de la musica latinoamericana en el Reino Unido. "Esta labor ha sido muy silenciosa pero fructifera; esta dirigida mas que todo hacia el publico Britanico y durante el desarrollo de las actividades artisticas, hemos hecho un recorrido por casi todos los paises latinoamericanos" senalo Juan R Monroy, chileno, director de la institucion. "Nuestro proposito ha sido difundir la musica clasica principalmente, porque siempre ha estado ahi enterrada. No se sabia nada de ella en Europa. Nuestra organizacion lo que ha buscado siempre es crear un espacio, abrir una ventana para que nuestros artistas vengan a Londres y a Europa".
CRONICA LATINA, PERIODICO INDEPENDIENTE LATINOAMERICANO, MARZO 1995, LONDRES, INGLATERRA.
1995   BERTA ROJAS IN LONDON. Berta Rojas will be returning to London this month to give a recital at the Purcell Room on Monday 27 March. Her programme includes Sonatina Meridional by Ponce, El Decameron Negro by Brouwer, Sonata  Op. 47 by Ginastera and a numbers of works by Barrios: Mazurca Apasionata Cueca, Las Abejas and Maxixe.  Classical Guitar, March 1995.
1995   Berta Rojas plays in the Purcell Room on 27th March, Duo Montes Kircher plays Venezuelan and other music on the South Bank on 8 June. 
WINTER 1994, MUSICAL OPINION.
1995  BERTA ROJAS PROMOVIENDO LA GUITARRA CLASICA EN EUROPA. POR LEO PAREJAS "LONDRES ABRIO LAS PUERTAS A MI  CARRERA ARTISTICA"
Ademas, senalo a este periodico que precisamente en este mismo recinto Purcell Room del South Bank inicio su carrera internacional en 1992. "Fue una linda y muy comprometedora experiencia lo que vivi en ese recital", dijo. "Ese concierto fue el primero que ofreci en el extranjero y el que me abrio las puertas de mi carrera. En aquella ocasion estaba muy nerviosa, el vestido que use lo sentia muy incomodo, temia cometer errores, pero al final, todo salio bien.  Claro que hoy, tres anos despues, he madurado mucho mas como artista incluso puedo decir que ya tengo mi propia personalidad, mi propio estilo, enfatizo Berta Rojas.  Por ultimo Berta Rojas se mostro muy agradecida de Latin American and Caribbean Cultural Society (LACCS-UK), en Londres, organizacion ha hecho posible sus dos  conciertos en esta cuidad. Igualmente recalco el apoyo que ha tenido por parte de la Embajada de Paraguay en el Reino Unido. 
CRONICA LATINA, PERIODICO INDEPENDIENTE LATINOAMERICANO, LONDRES INGLATERRA, EDICION NUMERO 96, ABRIL DE 1995.
1995  MISA CRIOLLA - PRIMERA PRESENTACION EN GRAN BRETANA POR SU AUTOR  ARIEL RAMIREZ.
Domingo Cura (Percusion)
Zamba Quipildor (Tenor)
Facundo Ramirez (Piano)
Jorge Rojas (Baritono)
Cuarteto de los Andes (Andean Instruments)
 
JUEVES 1 DE JUNIO 1995 A LAS 7.30 PM. 
ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL - LATIN AMERICAN AND CARIBBEAN CULTURAL EN ASOCIACION CON LA EMBAJADA DE ARGENTINA.
CRONICA LATINA, PERIODICO INDEPENDIENTE LATINOAMERICANO LONDRES, INGLATERRA, EDICION 96, ABRIL DE 1995.
1995   RAMIREZ' MISA CRIOLLA IN THE RFH 
Many of us have lived with the original recording of Ariel Ramirez' MISA CRIOLLA  since its release in the sixties, but until now we have had no opportunity to experience it live. On 1 June the ever enterprising LACCS-UK brought the composer himself and in a highly enthusiastic and talented group of soloists together with the Royal Choral Society for its first British performance at the Royal Festival Hall...  There were a number of encores which were clearly well  known to the majority of the audience, beautifully performed  and ecstatically received even if unfamiliar to the writer who was simply grateful to be there. I understand that Juan R Monroy is thinking of mounting a similar evening of Andean music. I can't wait!   BH.
MUSICAL OPINION, VOL.118, AUTUMN 1995.
1995  THE TRADITIONAL MUSIC AND OPERA FROM VIETNAM  Music from the North, Central and South Vietnam & three styles of Vietnamese opera: Cheo (Popular), Tuong (Traditional) and Cai Luong (Renovated).
The Sunday Times, The Culture, 21 May,1995.
1995  VIETNAMESE TRADITIONAL MUSIC AND OPERA, Queen Elizabeth Hall. From Argentina "MISA CRIOLLA", by Ariel Ramirez with the Royal Choral Society and Cuarteto de los Andes. Royal Festival Hall. 
THIS IS LONDON, 19 May, 1995.
1995  RAMIREZ, MISA CRIOLLA. CUARTETO DE LOS ANDES, ROYAL CHORAL SOCIETY.  Ariel Ramirez (cond) with Ramirez "Nacimiento del Charango"; Melo, "Desde el Alma; Ramirez/Luna, "Navidad Nuestra".
The Daily Telegraph, 27 May, 1995
1995  MISA CRIOLLA FROM ARGENTINA. BRITISH PREMIER BY THE COMPOSER. COMPOSER/DIRECTOR  ARIEL RAMIREZ. Thursday 1st June at 7.30 p.m. Royal Festival Hall, with the Royal Choral Society, Wynne-Griffiths, conductor. KIRIE, vidala-baguala, GLORIA, carnavalito-yaravi, CREDO, Chacarera-trunca, SANCTUS, carnaval-cochabambino, ANGUS DEI, estilo pampeano. Domingo Cura, percussion, Zamba Quipildor, tenor, Facundo Ramirez, piano, Jorge Rojas, baritono, Cuarteto de los Andes, Andean Instruments, Embassy of the Argentine Republic in association with the Latin American and Caribbean Cultural Society (LACCS-UK), The Daily Telegraph, Saturday, 27 May, 1995.
1995  MISA CRIOLLA FROM ARGENTINA. BRITISH PREMIER ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL. THE EMBASSY OF THE ARGENTINE REPUBLIC IN ASSOCIATION WITH LACCS-UK, The Guardian, Saturday 27 May 1995.
1995  LACCS-UK CONCERT The 7th Annual Heads of Mission Gala Concert and Dinner held by the Latin American and Caribbean Cultural Society took place in Le Meridien Hotel, Piccadilly. The evening was co-hosted by the Ambassador of Angola Senhor Antonio da Costa Fernandes and Senhora da Costa Fernandes, the High Commissioner for Antigua and Barbuda, HE Mr James Thomas, the Ambassador of Ukraine Professor Sergui Komissarenko and Mrs Komissarenko and the President of LACCS-UK Professor J R Monroy, DIPLOMAT, May/June 1995.
1995 GUITARISTA FROM ECUADOR. TERRY PAZMINO, a guitarist of some reputation from Ecuador, will be given his London debut recital at the Purcell Room on the 31 July in the presence of the Ambassador of Ecuador Senor Patricio Maldonado. Pazmino will perform a programme of music from Ecuador including the British premier of his own work SUITE ECUATORIANA, Terry Pazmino comes from Quito in Ecuador and studied with Antonio Lauro, Alirio Diaz and Alberto Ponce. This concert had been organised by the Latin American and Caribbean Cultural Society which is directed by J R Monroy, Classical Guitar, July, 1995.
1995 JAM QUARTET. Purcell Room, South Bank Centre 18th April 1995. THE JAM QUARTET from Finland who are named after their teacher Juan Antonio Muro, played a programme of South American music with one Finnish interleaving, as part of the LACCS-UK Series. They are an extremely musical ensemble and this shown in everything they touched.
CLASSICAL GUITAR, JULY, 1995.
1995 JAM ON THE SOUTH BANK In association with LACCS-UK the Finnish Embassy presented a concert at the Purcell Room on 18th April featuring the JAM GUITAR QUARTET. This ensemble took shape at the Helsinki Conservatory in 1988' all its members were students there. They have become a most impressive group, all four musicians being first class guitarists. 
MUSICAL OPINION, SUMMER,
1995.
1995 BERTA ROJAS ON THE SOUTH BANK The Paraguayan guitarist Berta Rojas launched a new series of recitals promoted by the Latin American and Caribbean Cultural Society (LACCS-UK), at the Purcell Room on 27 March with a programme of highly attractive works, most of which were unknown to the British audience. 
MUSICAL OPINION, SUMMER, 1995.
1995 ECUADOR. GUITARRISTA ECUATORIANO SE PRESENTA EN EL SOUTH BANK CENTRE. TERRY PAZMINO es original de Quito (Ecuador), pero paso gran parte de su juventud en Venezuela donde tuvo la oportunidad de estudiar guitarra. Terry corrio con la suerte de tener como maestros a dos grandes interpretes del instrumento como fueron Antonio Lauro y Alirio Diaz. Luego de 11 anos de preparacion se graduo en Caracas y obtuvo el primer premio por la interpretacion del "Concierto para Guitarra y Orquesta" de Antonio Lauro. Mas adelante recibio una beca de la UNESCO para estudiar con el Maestro Espanol Alberto Ponce en el "Conservatoire de la Courneuve" en Paris. Como compositor, escribe encantadoras piezas propias de la musica Sudamericana, que se derivan de formas de musica del folklore Andino de origen Hispano-Quechua, incluyendo ritmos como el "pasillo", "San Juanito" y la "Danza". Sus trabajos mas notables son la "Suite Ecuatoriana No 1 para Guitarra" y "Sones Transhumantes para violin y guitarra" Su concierto es auspiciado por la Embajada de Ecuador en conjunto con Latin American and Caribbean Cultural Society (LACCS-UK).
MUNDO LATINO, LONDRES, JULIO, 1995.
1995. NOTABLE ARTISTA ECUATORIANO EN LONDRES. MAESTRO TERRY PAZMINO DEBUTARA EN EL PURCELL ROOM DEL SOUTH BANK CENTRE. El Maestro Terry Pazmino estrenara en Londres su obra titulada 'SUITE ECUATORIANA' tan elogiada por la critica en Estados Unidos, Canada, Alemania y Francia. Este es un trabajo serio de investigacion y estudios musicales que realizo en Venezuela con el Maestro Antonio Lauro. Esta suite se basa en las cuatro regiones de Ecuador, la Costa, La Sierra, Oriente y Region Insular, utilizando los giros caracteristicos de las diferentes zonas anteriormente mencionadas. Su ultimo disco compacto grabado en 1994 "Guitarra Ecuador", ha sido elogiado en Canada y Estados Unidos como un nuevo aporte a la musica de la guitarra Latinoamericana. El concierto forma parte de la Serie Internacional de Guitarra de LACCS-UK, que dirige J. R. Monroy desde 1984 y en la cual han participado exponentes como Alirio Diaz (Venezuela), Carlos Barbosa-Lima (Brasil), Eduardo Falu (Argentina) y otros nombres de fama internacional. CRONICA LATINA, PERIODICO INDEPENDIENTE LATINOAMERICANO, LONDRES, INGLATERRA, JULIO, 1995.
1995 TERRY PAZMINO GUITAR MUSIC FROM ECUADOR. THE GUARDIAN GUIDE, JULY, 1995
1995 MARIMBA NACIONAL DE CONCIERTO IN THE PRESENCE OF THE AMBASSADOR OF GUATEMALA AND SRA ELLA DE NANE. PURCELL ROOM, WEDNESDAY 2nd AUGUST 1995
EL MUNDO LATINO, LONDON, JULY, 1995.
1995 BERTA ROJAS PURCELL ROOM, SOUTH BANK CENTRE, LONDON MARCH 1995, CLASSICAL GUITAR, JULY, 1995.
1995 THE REGO QUINTET ON THE SOUTH BANK MUSICAL OPINION, SUMMER, 1995.
1995 LACCS-UK's 1996 PROGRAMME " The Latin American and Caribbean Cultural Society (LACCS-UK), has been promoting the classical guitar in London for twelve years. To our knowledge, no one else has kept a guitar series for so long and unbroken a period, and it says a lot for the determination, patience and ingenuity of Juan R. Monroy, Director of LACCS-UK, that so many guitarists of the highest rank have been brought to London. ..." An innovation is LACCS-UK presentation of awards to guitarists who have made a special contribution in bringing the cultures of the eastern and western hemispheres together, thus leading to a greater understanding of Latin American music in Britain..."
CLASSICAL GUITAR, DECEMBER, 1995.

1996

1996 LACCS-UK INTERNATIONAL GUITAR SERIES Juan R. Monroy, the energetic and enterprising Director of the Latin American and Caribbean Cultural Society (LACCS-UK), created the INTERNATIONAL GUITAR SERIES in 1984 and since then guitarists from all over the world have performed in combination of European and Latin American works by composers from both continents. Soloist who have performed in the series so far have included Argentinians Eduardo Falu, Roberto Aussel an  Isabel Siewers, Brazilian, Laurindo Almeida, Carlos Barbosa-Lima and Marcelo Kayath, Chileans Octavio Lafourcade, Oscar Ohlsen and Luis Orlandini, Venezuelan, Alirio Diaz and Duo Montes-Kircher, Terry Pazmino from Ecuador, Eduardo Fernandez from Uruguay, Berta Rojas from Paraguay..." 
MUSICAL OPINION, HIGH NOTES, SPRING
1996.
1996 TIMO KORHONEN. Purcell Room, London, 22 February 1996. 'This concert marked the London debut of the young Finnish guitarist Timo Korhonen. ... His programme set the old alongside the new, but he has a traditional look with the inclusion of pieces by Sor and Villa-Lobos... Timo Korhonen is a guitarist who can rightfully take his place in the world class category". 
Peter Rueffer, Classical Guitar, July 1996.
1996 CON BOLETOS A INGLATERRA " Llevan nueve anos actuando juntos. ya sea en Chile o en Europa y America Latina. Y ahora, por primera vez, el duo de guitarristas compuesto por Oscar Ohlsen y Luis Orlandini viajara a Inglaterra para actuar en el Purcell Room, una de las salas mas prestigiosas de Londres... Y lo haran el proximo 22 de Julio con un concierto auspiciado por Latinamerican and Caribbean Cultural Society (LACCS-UK), que dirige Juan R. Monroy, y que este ano desarrolla su 12 temporada... Es que J R Monroy ha desarrollado por anos, con la colaboracion de las Embajadas o el Ministerio de Relaciones del pais correspondiente de cada artista, una extensa labor en pro de la difusion de la musica clasica de America Latina en Europa... 
EL MERCURIO, CHILE, MIERCOLES 10 DE JULIO DE
1996.
1996 EDUARDO FALU. A musician born in the province of Salta which border Chile and Bolivia, he is difficult to categorised. Although he considers himself a guitarist who sings, he has a rich baritone voice of rare quality. Queen Elizabeth Hall, July 23, 1996. 
The Culture, The Sunday Times, 21st July, 1996.
1996 A TRIBUTE TO LAURINDO ALMEIDA 
"LACCS-UK'S tribute to the Brazilian guitarist and composer Laurindo Almeida at the Purcell Room on 28 May turned out to be a delight for all concerned.
Charlie Byrd's first solo was Alfredo Vianna's Carinhoso which Laurindo Almeida had sketched out for him on a paper napkin! The soloist then joined forces to play Ernesto Nazareth's Carioca and Famoso with its 2 step rhythm, followed by Vianna's Naguele Tempo and Cochichando which gave them a chance to show their respective strengths, Carlos Barbosa-Lima was more agile and steely while Charlie Byrd was warmer and more relaxed. ... Laurindo Almeida's own arrangement of "Adios" was played as an encore and a more fitting end could hardly have been found with its gentle, reflective simplicity in many ways encapsulating the strengths of this well loved and greatly missed virtuoso and composer. BH MUSICAL OPINION, SUMMER 1996.
1996 CARLOS BARBOSA-LIMA WITH SPECIAL GUEST CHARLIE BYRD PURCELL ROOM, LONDON, 28 MAY 1996.
Unfortunately, it doesn't happen often, a full house at a guitar concert. Anything less, for this unique occasion which brought together one of Brazil's finest musical ambassadors and a living legend from then world of jazz, would have been unthinkable. Billed as a tribute to Laurindo Almeida, and featuring his compositions and arrangements, it would be hard to imagine a player more suited to the genre than Carlos Barbosa-Lima.  Any slight concern that one might have had with a lack of projection were soon completely obviated by the sheer technical brilliance of his playing. Two items from the opening  group, Choro e Batuque and Baa-too-kee (both Barbosa-Lima arrangements from Almeida's flute/voice and guitar originals) were especially memorable and gave some indication of what lay in store.
...The programme stated that the guitars were to be joined by a bass and drums for the second half. I was looking forward to what promised to be a recreation of the Charlie Byrd trio that held a unique place in the jazz scene some thirty years ago. It was a considerable disappointment, therefore, when it was announced that they were not to be. "You won't miss em" said Byrd, he was quite right, they were not missed at all in a group of superbly played and arranged Jobim classics, "Agua de Beber" getting one of the biggest claps of the night. The programme ended with three more duos, Byrd jazz ballad, For Jeff, Vianna's Passatempo and jobim's beautiful Triste. A warm reception brought an encore, Adios by Madriguera was a fitting end to this delightful concert and tribute to Laurindo Almeida, one of the greatest of Brazilian music. Peter Rueffer. 
CLASSICAL GUITAR, November 1996.

1997

1997 THE LACCS-UK   1997 SEASON
Its hard to believe that ten years have alapsed since Juan R.  Monroy began his successful guitar series. The Latin American and Caribbean Cultural Society, of which Juan R.  Monroy is the President, began in 1984 as an independent organisation promoting classical and traditional music from the Americas; as such it has maintained its unique position in Britain.
... No one else is mounting a regular guitar series in London. The LACCS-UK enterprise deserves to be supported."
CLASSICAL GUITAR, MARCH 1997.
1997 KAARE NORGE RECITAL
The Danish guitarist Kaare Norge will give a recital at the Purcell Room, London on 22 April as part of the Latin American and Caribbean Cultural Society Guitar Series, in association with the Royal Danish Embassy. The recital will be given in the presence of H.E. the Ambassador of Norway and Mrs Zareen Lonsmann Poulsen. CLASSICAL GUITAR, APRIL 1997.
1997 100 YEARS OF THE TANGO - THIS YEAR WE CELEBRATE THE CENTENARY OF ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR DANCES EVER CONCEIVED. THE OCCASION IS MARKET IN THE ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL ON 24 JULY. DENBY RICHARDS SETS THE SCENE.
I still possesses a plum labelled HMV 78rpm recording by the wonderful Boston Pops under Arthur Fiedler of JEALOUSY, one of the most exciting, colourful and tuneful records I have ever heard. It cost me four shillings and I must have had thousands of pounds worth of pleasure from it over more than half a century. I remember Tango asking Arthur Fiedler about it when we first met and he grinned from ear to ear before telling me that he knew when he first saw the arrangement that it would "knock'em in the aisles!" How right he was. That was my introduction to the Tango, although I must have watched Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers demonstrate at least one on screen. On the 24 July I am looking forward to hearing and seeing on the world's greatest exponents of the famous Latin-American dance form on the stage of the Royal Festival Hall, celebrating its Centenary. Mariano Mores brings a complete Orquesta Tipica playing Argentine Tangos for the first time in London.
... Tango Teas at which they danced and the tango's popularity increased between the wars when it was universally danced  at major competition. Carlos Gardel, who was born in 1887 and died in 1935, grew up with the tango and helped to popularise it through out Europe, using his fame to transform it from a strictly dance form to a unique song genre through which it became a cultural musical personality in its own right which brought a special sense of identity to Argentineans of all backgrounds and social classes. It is no surprise that the Festival Hall presentation should have been masterminded by Juan R. Monroy, the President of LACCS-UK, who has done so much to bring Latin-American musical culture to our shores, in association with the Embassy of the Argentine Republic which is represented by their Ambassador Senor Rogelio Pfirter and his wife. It promised to be one of the most exhilarating happenings during the Capital's Summer Season. MUSICAL OPINION, SPRING 1997.
1997 CIEN ANOS DEL TANGO
Nacio en las barricadas de Buenos Aires y ahora es conocido en el mundo entero. El tango celebra su primer centenario. El publico de Londres se prepara la recibir a la Orquesta del Maestro Mariano Mores y el Tango Ballet de Buenos Aire,  dos de las mas completas delegaciones de artistas suramericanos. Se trata de un espectaculo de musica, danza y canto de los clasicos del tango de este siglo. Su motivo es la celebracion del primer centenario de la existencia del tango que se realizara en Londres, considerada una de las capitales artisticas y musicales mas importantes del mundo.  CRONICA LATINA.PERIODICO INDEPENDIENTE, JUNIO 1997, LONDRES.
1997 MARIANO MORES Argentinian tango composer makes UK debut with huge orchestra  and six dancing couples. Royal Festival Hall, London SE1. ISMENE BROWN, DANCE THE DAILY TELEGRAPH, JULY 1997.
YOU'VE BEEN TANGOED
If you saw Al  Pacino perform  this sexy South
American dance in the Scent of a Woman, you'll know how attention-grabbing it can be. The tango is one of the world's most famously seductive dances and now, with the arrival of the prestigious Buenos Aires Tango Ballet in the UK, British audiences will have the opportunity to see the real thing being performed by the pros. In celebration of the Centenary of the Argentine Tango (1897-1997), Mariano Mores and his orchestra will be accompanying the professional dancers of  BA Tango Ballet for one night only on Tuesday July 24 at the Royal Festival Hall.  FOOTLOOSE MAGAZINE, JULY 1997.
1997  LACCS-UK CELEBRATE THE CENTENARY OF THE TANGO
The tango seems to have come back into fashion recently
so it was probably inevitable that the Royal Festival Hall would be comfortably full on 24 July when LACCS-UK celebrated the CENTENARY OF THE TANGO with Mariano Mores and his Orchestra. Better known in Latin America than in Europe, Mariano Mores as been a leading light in the development of the Tango, writing many of the most popular examples and widening the scope of the dance to bring it fully within the realm of popular music. This probably accounts for th  ver  mixed audience on the South Bank.  Those who knew his work well and knew to expect were highly enthusiastic but for outsiders, among which I must count myself, much of the evening, while enjoyable proved impenetrable. Subtle distinctions between styles and types of Tango were impossible for the non-aficionado to  distinguish.

By far the most exciting part of the evening and the one which
appealed equally to everybody in the hall was the dancing. It is said of Valentino that women fainted when he danced the Tango and the opening dances by the Buenos Aires Ballet had a sexual frisson that was dangerously electric. That they danced to much of the music as a great boon and raised the atmosphere to a genuine artistic pleasure. There was also dance from Ballet Folklorico Brandsen which brought us the folk background to the dance-step of the Tango through Gaucho dances. A group of young male dancers strove to out-do each other with their rapid footwork in high-heeled soft leather boots, unique in the use of steps which require the ankle to be turned sideways on the the ground. Exhilarating and highly  entertaining. I never know quite what to expect from a LACCS-UK concert and yet once again Juan R. Monroy has managed to challenge, please and delight. MUSICAL OPINION, AUTUMN 1997.
1997  Jim Skinger in the Purcell Room.
Musical Opinion, Autumn 1997
1997 WHAT 'S ON IN LONDON DEC 3 -     DEC 10 1997
FRIDAY, DECEMBER : ENGLISH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA, COND. NELSON NIREMBERG WITH CARLOS BARBOSA LIMA, GUITAR, MUSIC BY JOSE MAURICIO, FRANCISCO MIGNONE, VILLA-LOBOS. LACCS-UK/BRAZILIAN EMBASSY.

1998

CARLOS BARBOSA-LIMA - ST JOHN'S SMITH SQUARE, LONDON 5 DECEMBER 1997.
The English Chamber Orchestra performed a programme lavished with the heady exuberance of an entirely Brazilian piquancy. Organised by LACCS-UK (Latin American and Caribbean Cultural Society), it was also commemorating the Centennial of Francisco Mignone, whose concerto for Guitar and Orchestra Barbosa-Lima was to play. 

This magnificent group of professional struck out with 18th century composer Jose Mauricio's Overture in D. You could imagine the echoes of Haydn and Mozart  trilling through the jacarandas as royalty rubbed shoulders with the sugar barons and their cronies sipping French cognac. The faint rumble of surf from Copacabana added the teasing rhythms that would eventually flower into a truly nationalistic identity, making Brazilian music one of the most diverse and colourful of the 20th century.

With the Concerto the audience was plunged into a warm and inviting sound-scape: a palette laden without the conventional legacy of most works of this genre. Playing from the score spread on the platform before him. Barbosa-Lima worked with the conductor Nelson Nirenberg to shape the piece in an absorbing totality. The main theme of this piece is quite delicious: throughout the spiky arches of rhythm that permeate almost its entirely the traces of Wagner's surging mania can distinctly be heard. It is a piece that must require repeated listening so that the journey into the forest of the imagination can return bestowed with the gleaming fruits of discovery.

As an encore Barbosa-Lima played Brazil's second national anthem: Ary Barroso's Brazil. This is the best version, next to the truly swinging version by Sebastiao Tapajos.I have heard. As an arranger Barbosa-Lima contructs layers and touches that sparkle with the wit and consummate skill of a sincere entertainer.

The Preludes from Bachianas Brasileiras No 4 followed and prepared the gathered dignitaries (were there any guitarists in the audience?) for the premier of the last major composition of Villa-Lobos. The SUITE No 2 FOR CHAMBER ORCHESTRA is a piece that should probably have a descriptive title concerning the history or landscape of Brazil. Like so many other major orchestral works by this composer full of landmark swells and brass fanfares the music vividly cast Villa-Lobos's vibrant spell over all those fortunate souls able to attend this special occasion. Tim Panting, CLASSICAL GUITAR , MARCH 1998.

1988   The first concert in LACCS-UK always interesting Series for 1998 will be held in the Purcell Room on the 25th May when CARLOS BARBOSA-LIMA will play Guitar works in a programme entitled "The Magical Music of Brazil and the Caribbean". There will be music by Ernesto Lecuona, Gabriel Ruiz, Enrique Madriguera and Rafael Hernandes,  and Brazilian music by Ary Barroso, Carlos Jobim, Leo Brouwer and Radames Gnatali.

Mezzo-Soprano MARTHA SENN, who has been making a considerable reputation in the major opera Houses around the world, will be partnered at the piano by PABLO AREVALO, with whom she recently recorded Poets and Composers from Colombia, at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on the 13th July in songs from Venezuela, Peru, Ecuador and Guatemala, when the whole of the second half is dedicated to music from Colombia.

The Young Chilean pianist Michio Nishihara Toro will appear at the Purcell Room on 27 July. His programme includes Beethoven's   Appassionata Sonata  and a group of works by Chopin including the First and Fourth Ballades.  MUSICAL OPINION, SPRING 1998.

EDUARDO FALU AND JUAN JOSE FALU
THE ART OF THE GUITAR
QUEEN ELIZABETH HALL, WEDNESDAY
3er JUNE 1998 AT 7.30 P.M.
TIME OUT MAY 27- JUNE 31 1998.
1998  ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL 
El joven pianista Michio Nishihara se presento con gran exito en la sala Purcell Room de Londres el dia 27 de Julio. El concierto fue organizado por la Sociedad Latinoamericana y Caribena de Cultura (LACCS-UK), Presidida por el Chileno residente en Gran Bretana  Juan R. Monroy. Esta presentacion artistica conto ademas con el apoyo de la Embajada de Chile en Londres y el patrocinio de la Direccion de Asuntos Culturales del Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores de Chile. 

.... Sin lugar a dudas, que este concierto del joven pianista Michio Nishihara trajo el nostagico recuerdo al publico Britanico de los grandiosos conciertos de Claudio Arrau, quien tambien inicio su carrera internacional en el Royal Festival Hall de Londres en la decada de los anos 1950.

En resumen, una tarde  maravillosa de musica romantica muy bien recibida por una sala repleta de publico. Los conciertos presentados por la LACCS-UK  en sus 14 anos de actividad han llegado convertirse en preciosas  joyas en el escenario musical de Londres. JIM SKINGER, EL MERCURIO DE ANTOFAGASTA, NOV, 11 1998.

1998 
MICHIO NISHIHARA IN THE PURCELL ROOM 
On the 26 July the Latin American and Caribbean Cultural Society, in association with the Embassy of Chile, presented the Chilean pianist Michio Nishihara in his debut in London. 
... The second half was devoted to Chopin consisting of the Polonaise-Fantasy, the G. minor Ballade, the D. flat Nocturne and the Second Scherzo. It was this works that Nishihara communicated deepest affection for the period, sculpturing each phrase with their interior echoes and variations along with well defined dynamics, while at he same time allowing the music to move forward with an uncanny sense of rhythmic freedom. Having receiving thunderous Michio Nishihara delighted his audience with Scriabin's Eighth Etude. JIN SKINGER.  MUSICAL OPINION, AUTUMN 1998.
1998
CARLOS BARBOSA-LIMA
PURCELL ROOM, LONDON
25 MAY 1998
Barbosa-Lima's renowned arrangements were given a welcome a airing and the concert through devoid of large scale pieces, was an evening of delightfully surprises. Starting with Pernambuco's Sons De Carillhoes the layered texture of Barbosa- Lima's harmonic vision soon took hold.
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Barbosa-Lima has an affinity with Jobim. His arrangement of Stone Flower is a classic and almost worth the concert on its own. Hearing these short but intricate pieces was a welcome change from the formularised concerts that pervade the occasionally unimaginative stage today.  There is only one Barbosa-Lima. Catch him when you can. TIM PANTING, CLASSICAL GUITAR, OCTOBER 1998
1998
THE NICHI-EI  TIMES SERVING THE JAPANESE COMMUNITY IN THE U.K. 
REVIEW: ZAMBA QUIPILDOR AND THE NAN GROUP. Text in Japanese. Dec.1998.
1998 ALFAR DUO ALICIA GONZALEZ, Soprano has several music degrees from the University Conservatory of Music in Montevideo (Uruguay). She has obtained prizes in several singing competitions national and international. LUIS MORALES, guitarist, the Spanish composer and guitarist born in Bolivia is recognised in Europe and America by several prizes. As a composer he centres his creations on the combination of guitar and voice. He is also a poet and his works have been published periodically. LAIGHTON HOUSE MUSEUM 19th OCTOBER 1998 LATIN AMERICAN AND CARIBBEAN CULTURAL  SOCIETY IN ASSOCIATION
WITH THE EMBASSY OF BOLIVIA.

1999

1999
CONCERT CARLOS BARBOSA-LIMA TONIGHT, QUEEN ELIZABETH HALL, SOUTH BANK, SE1, 7.45pm. 
The guitar has had relatively few champions in the classical guitar music world. Berlioz was denied piano lessons and critics have suggested that his enforced choice of the guitar and flute as his first instruments accounts in large part for his eccentric approach to harmony (soon to be given a through airing in the exiting LSO Berlioz season).

Beethoven understood that the colours this quiet instrument is capable of producing can appear all the more vivid because the listener has to work harder to hear them. He called the guitar "a miniature orchestra" but didn't write much for it that is lay today. There is only one famous concerto, the Concierto de Aranguez, whose ubiquitousness  has had the unfortunate effect if desensitising may people to the charm of the instrument.

Carlos Barbosa-Lima (pictured) one of the great contemporary virtuosi, aims to challenge that disaffection tonight with a concert in guitar music in many musical styles -from Spanish standards to the Beatles and incorporating some technically dazzling show-stoppers, including his own arrangement of Rhapsody in Blue. Warwick Thompson, METRO NEWSPAPER, LONDON. 1999

If is fifteen years since Juan R Monroy created the LATIN AMERICAN AND CARIBBEAN CULTURAL SOCIETY, better known as LACCS-UK, in order to secur  better cultural ties and appreciation between European and Latin American countries. Since LACCS-UK  has organised regular concerts which have introduced Londoners to contemporary music and more than 200 musicians from South America. A particularly effective event was the Royal Festival Hall celebration of The Creation of the Tango in 1997. By involving international diplomats of the London scene LACCS-UK has been useful in helping promote trade and other relations between organisations in Europe, Scandinavia and the Americas.

Their next presentation is in the Queen Elizabeth Hall on 6 September when the brilliant Brazilian guitarist Carlos Barbosa-Lima will help celebrate his country's 177th  Years of Independence. HIGH NOTES, MUSICAL OPINION, SUMMER  1999.

LACCS-UK FIFTEEN YEARS
by  Danton H.  from Canada.
... That half notable millenium  (Discover of Brazil by Pedro Cabral in April 1500), is celebrating by the Latin American and Caribbean Cultural Society (LACCS-UK), whose base is London, an  I should say that few organisations could be in a better position to do so. Founded in 1884 its purposes is to create  new opportunities for stimulating interest in a better European understanding of all aspects of Latin American and Caribbean Culture. LACCS-UK is steadily achieving its aims through an impressive programme of concerts, festivals and other forms of cultural expressions. .........................................................................
 
More than 200 Latin American and artists have been presented by LACCS-UK over fifteen years of continued activities in the London cultural scenario. LACCS-UK's Director, Juan R. Monroy believe that as the final years of he twentieth century  - and of the millennium- draw to a close, new ways must be found to stimulate co-operation between rich  nd poor countries. As the globe shrinks in real terms, so the necessity for a true partnership increase. The exploitative attitude of the conquistador is not the answer to the problems of a developing country, and thankfully such antiquated philosophies are disappearing. There has to be a unity of aims and aspirations, not only between Latin America and Caribbean countries themselves, but also with all nations of the world.

Strong cultural links help to provide a firm base for such spirit of international co-operation, and the Latin American and Cultural Society is doing its share by pursuing its policy of making worthwhile art and music available to the audience in London. 

ADRIAN VARELA A VIOLINIST OF SUPERIOR TALENT. ARTISTRY AND ELEGANCE LEIGHTON HOUSE MUSEUM LACCS-UK/EMBASSY OF URUGUAY 15TH INTERNATIONAL SEASON WEDNESDAY  3er  MARCH 1999
1999 LACCS-UK - 15 ANOS DE HISTORIA COMO A MUSICA LATIN TEM CONQUISTADO O MERCADO EUROPEU

"A musica sempre fez parte da minha vida", diz o chileno Juan R Monroy, presidente da LACCS-UK (The Latin American and Caribbean  Cultural Society). LACCS-UK e uma organizacao independente, que normalmente conta com a apoio da Embaixada Brasileira para suas programacoes e especializada em divulgar a musica latinoamericana em Londres. O objetivo e de promover nomes de compositores e violonistas latino-americanos e assim estimular o interesse pela cultura atraves da musica.

Foi com muito trabalho e dedicacao que a LACCS-UK completou 15 anos em setembro. Ela comencou juntamente com o aumento de emigracao latinoamericana em Londres, sendo este um dos motivos que levaram Monroy a promover aqui a musica latina. ..................................................................................

O primero evento da LACCS-UK foi reallizado no dia 6 Setembro 1984 no South Bank Centre. Foram 6 dias de musica classica,folklorica, dancas, literatura, poesia e filmes. A participacao do Brasil foi com o filme "Sao Bernardo", poemas de Jorge Lima, Vinicius de Morais e Carlos Drummond de Andrade e mais o nascimento da escola de samba de London School of Samba, que continua ate hoje.

Depois do primeiro sucesso, e entao com mais experiencia,  Monroy escolheu divulgar a cultura latina atraves da musica popular, a qual procurou sempre dar uma roupagem classica. Comencou a atrair e descobrir talentos e fez um projecto para a igreja St. John's Smith Square, com apresentacoes de musicas classicas mensais e de livre acesso ao publico.
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A LACCS-UK tambem realizou um concerto em
comemoracao aos 100 anos do nacimento do compositor brasileiro Villa-Lobos em 1987  tambem de Carlos Gomes. De quando comecou ate hoje, a LACCS-UK ja apresentou obras de Francisco Mignone, Radames Gnatali, Marlos Nobre, etc.

Pode-se dizer que hoje a musica latina ja conquistou um grande espaco na Europa, com o crescente interesse de violonistas europeus em interpretar pecas latinas. O interessante no trabalho da LACCS-UK e a leitura classica que da as musicas popular e folclorica, tornando- as mais faceis ao ouvido do europeu. A divulgacao dos compositores e violonistas e feita atraves de projetos e programas sempre ligados a cultura latina.

Varias orchestras e grupos de camara ja se apresentaram tocando musica brasileira sob a tutelagem da LACCS-UK, entre elas a Lontano Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra St. John's Smith Square, Wren Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra e Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, entre outras. Fernanda Galvao, brasil.net, numero 3, Londres, Outubro,1999. 

GALINA VALE GUITAR FROM UKRAINE 15TH INTERNATIONAL SEASON LEIGHTON HOUSE MUSEUM LACCS-UK/EMBASSY OF UKRAINE 14TH DECEMBER 1999

2000

2000 
SILVINA LOPEZ SE PRESENTA HOY EN GRAN BRETANA UNA GUITARISTA ENTRERRIANA EN PLENO CORAZON DE LONDRES. LA GUITARISTA PARANAENSE SILVINA LOPEZ SE PRESENTARA ESTA NOCHE EN EL ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL DE LONDRES. LA INTERPRETE SERA PROTAGONISTA ABSOLUTA DE UN CONCIERTO QUE BRINDARA EN UNA DE LAS PRINCIPALES SALAS DE LA CAPITAL INGLESA: EL ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL.
 
La instrumentista se presentara en la sala "Purcell Room" del Royal Festival Hall por invitacion especial de la LACCS-UK, una sociedad independiente que se funda en 1984, con el proposito de difundir a la audiencia britanica la musica clasica y folklorica de America Latina.

El presidente de la entidad J R Monroy ha logrado que esta institucion sea reconocida como una de las lideres en la promocion de sonidos e interpretes de todos los paises Latinoamericanos en Gran Bretana. Mas de 300 artistas de casi todos los paises del continente han sido presentados por esta sociedad sin fines de lucro.

En 1990, con motivo del restablecimiento de las relaciones diplomaticas entre Argentina y el Reino Unido, LACCS-UK inicio un programa artistico cultural para Argentina, que ya lleva diez anos y es coordinado con la Embajada en Londres. En este marco -que es el que comprende la actuacion de la guitarista paranaense en Londres...

EL DIARIO DE PARANA, 17 FEBRERO, 2000

2000 SILVINA LOPEZ ACTUO EN LONDRES

LONDRES (por Marco Marini):- El 17 de febrero se presento en el Purcell Room, Royal Festival Hall de esta capital, la guitarista entrerriana Silvina Lopez bajo los auspicios de la Embajada Argentina y LACCS-UK.

La concertista interpreto temas del cancionero popular argentino, entre otros, "Preludio" y "Tiempo de Milonga" de Eduardo Falu, "Ritmo Trunco de Atahualpa Yupanqui y temas de aire litoraleno como "De mi guitarra de Miguel Martinez. El publico disfruto de la velada, dando lugar a varios bises por parte de la guitarrista argentina. La proxima escala en la tournee europea de Silvina Lopez sera Bruselas.

LA OPINION ON LINE, RAFAELA- SANTA FE ARGENTINA. JUEVES 2 DE MARZO DE 2000.

2000 SILVINA LOPEZ ON THE SOUTH BANK

Thanks are again due to LACCS-UK, the Latin American and Caribbean Cultural Society, masterminded by Juan R  Monroy, for bringing to London another very worthwhile artist on the 17 February in their series of South Bank concerts which make up their 16th International Season. This was the gifted Argentinean Guitarist Silvina Lopez, who at the Purcell Room was able to project a wide-ranging and exceptionally interesting programme with compelling style and musicianship.

Perhaps the most interesting aspect to her recital was the programme itself, for it included composers not entirely unknown to British  concert-goers: Manuel Ponce, Leo Brouwer and Astor Piazzolla, in particular, alongside less familiar figures whose music was, in the main, eminently worthwhile.

Silvina Lopez's playing was excellent throughout. She is clearly an admirably guitarist of notable gifts and musicality. The recital ranged from Ponce's Sonata Clasica, which opened her programme, to the virtuosic and atmospheric VIDALA and BAIAO by the young Carlos Aguirre, who was born in 1965. The result, as may be imagined, did this artist proud and her attractive stage presence matched her playing with admirable musical character. A very enjoyable and successful event.

Robert Matthew-Walker, MUSICAL OPINION, SPRING 2000

2000 SILVINA LOPEZ Purcell Room, 17 February 2000

"...She played Piazzolla as I expect he would have like to hear on the classical guitar. Two excellent arrangements of OTONO PORTENO AND INVIERNO PORTENO. Composers who I had not heard of were Miguel Martinez, Walter Heinze and Carlos Aguirre: all skilled artists of the zamba and chamame, etc. Aguirre's pieces, notably the beautiful VIDALA ended the programme and they were fresh and exciting with influences of Chick Corea and perhaps Egberto Gismonti, fusing diverse elements to produce new classic music..."

Tim Panting, CLASSICAL GUITAR, APRIL, 2000

2000  EMBAJADORA DEL RIO

LA GUITARISTA PARANAENSE SILVINA LOPEZ ESTA DENTRO DE LA LISTA DE ARGENTINOS DE PRESTIGIO QUE REPRESENTAN AL PAIS EN EL MUNDO. GRACIAS A UNA SOCIEDAD INDEPENDIENTE LLAMADA LATIN AMERICAN AND CARIBBEAN CULTURAL SOCIETY,QUE LA SELECCIONO, PUDO REPRESENTAR EN LONDRES Y PROLONGAR SU GIRA EN GALES Y BELGICA.

Nada mas apropiado para comenzar a recorrer este testimonio que recordar que se suele decir que la figura de la guitarra simboliza la silueta de una mujer.

SILVINA LOPEZ es una joven pelirroja y guitarista, concertista de una vasta trayectoria. La combinacion entre ellas dos, en todo caso, encarna plenamente el sentido delicado que se le quiere otorgar al sonido de una guitarra, o al reves, a la increible musicalidad que puede imprimirle a las cosas la percepcion y el sentimiento de una mujer.

En 1998, participo de un importante concurso en Mexico y alli uno de los jurados, el brasileno Carlos Barbosa-Lima, contento con la performance de Lopez, la conecto y recomendo a una productora en Londres: la Latin American and Caribbean Cultural Society, presidida por el music chileno Juan R Monroy. Este es el comienzo de la historia que concluyo hace muy poco, cuando Lopez retorno a Parana, despues de haber tocado en Gran Bretana y en Belgica, gracias a la posibilidad que finalmente le brindo Monroy.

"Di un concierto en uno de los lugares mas importantes de Londres, el Royal Festival Hall. Fue a sala llena, con buena promocion, incluso quedo gente afuera, hacia dos meses que se estaban vendiendo los tickets. Me encontre con que todo estaba perfectamente organizado", explico la guitarista. Es que hace un tiempo, Monroy agoto todas las posibilidades comunicativas con Argentina para coordinar muy bien la presentacion de la paranaense en la cuidad del Big Ben.

"Me interesa destacar la obra que realiza Latin American and Caribbean Cultural Society, porque es una organizacion que Monroy fundo en 1984 y sus objetivos son promover la cultura de America Latina y el Caribe en Londres. Si no fuese como una entidad como esta, y con el prestigio que posee, seria imposible que una argentina como yo accediera a una sala de ese nivel en Londres" afirmo Lopez.

El chileno la llevo a la famosa estacion BBC y tambien se preocupo de que cadena Televisa estuviera presente cubriendo instancias de su presentacion.

El propio nivel de Lopez la hizo entrar por la puerta grande: ahora forma parte de esa lista que Monroy va haciendo crecer poco a poco, en el marco de un programa artistico cultural para la Argentina que comenzo a dedicarle a partir de la recomposicion de las relaciones diplomaticas con el Reino Unido, en 1990. Ya ha llevado a Eduardo Falu, Jaime Torres, Ariel Ramirez, Cuarteto de los Andes, Duo Garau-Millet, Roberto Aussel, Zamba Quipildor y Nan Group, Mariano Mores y su Orquesta, el Ballet Brandsen y el Buenos Aires Tango Ballet entre otros. Lo cierto es que aproximadamente 130 artistas argentinos ya accedieron, gracias a esta sociedad, a las princiales salas publicas de Londres. ...........................................................................

Bueno, vos me preguntas como vi Londres, es una sociedad que invierte mucho en cultura... por ejemplo cuando fuimos con Monroy a la BBC, antes de entrar al aire, ensayamos tres veces el programa. Nos senalaban el momento en que tenia que entrar a tocar y el instante en que tenia que cortar. Alli no existe la improvizacion, cada persona cupa su sitio, los operadores en lo suyo, el conductor y el que me recibio, cada uno tenia una tarea asignada" destaco. SAMANARIO "ANALISIS" DE PARANA, REPUBLICA ARGENTINA, ABRIL, 2000.

2000
IQUIQUENO PROMUEVE ARTISTAS EN LONDRES
" Como una forma de llevar consigo el recuerdo de su tierra natal, Iquique, y a la vez desarrollar una de las pasiones de su vida, la guitarra clasica. Juan R. Monroy creo hace quince anos la Sociedad Latinoamericana y Caribena de Cultura (LACCS-UK, en Ingles), con el fin de promocionar los talentos musicales de esta parte del planeta en el Reino Unido y Europa en general.

Recuerdos: Juan R Monroy toca la guitarra desde los nueve anos de edad, en que recibio sus primeras lecciones de parte ddel virtuoso MANUEL BERRIOS, amigo de su padre Juan Ramon Monroy Cortez.

J.R. Monroy recuerda que su casa " fue un lugar privilegiado, abierto, donde  toda una generacion de aquella epoca discutia de futbol, atletismo y escucho a los mejores guitaristas populares de Iquique,  en mi casa llegamos a tener 16 de estos instrumentos". Ritmos como el bolero, la guaracha, el tango, la cueca y el vals peruano, dice, "se tocaban y cantaban por los trios locales, como el "El Trio Iquique", compuesto por Manuel Berrios, Carlos Henriquez y Adolfo Tapia y los "Mineros", que formaban los hermanos Antonio y Luis "Checho"Gonzalez y Rubi Jauregui". Mientras estudiaba Historia y Sociologia en la Universidad de Chile en Santiago, Juan Monroy recibio la influencia de Humberto Campos, una de las figuras mas grandes del folklore chileno...

El entusiasmo de este Iquiqueno por la guitarra tiene sus raices en su propia experiencia, segun cuenta, pues "creo que es particularmente a traves de la difusion de la guitarra clasica, que la rica herencia musical de America Latina y del Caribe sera preservada y asimilada por el resto del mundo". LA ESTRELLA DE IQUIQUE, CHILE,  IQUIQUE, JUEVES 6 DE ENERO DE 2000.

2000
Javier Lanis on the South Bank
The young Chilean pianist Javier Lanis gave an impressive debut recital at the Purcell Room on 3rd January, displaying an individual personality and technical facility, particularly in the highlights of a demanding programme, the Third Suite Brasileira by Oscar Fernandez and Prokofiev's Seven Sonata. The...event was the first event of the Millennium organised by the Latin American and Caribbean Cultural Society, in association with the Chilean Embassy.

Particularly intriguing for the British audience was the colourful Third Brazilian Suite by Oscar Lorenzo Fernandez, who founded the Brazilian Conservatory in the first half of the 20th-Century. Latin-American additive rhythms, propulsive ostinato textures and richly tinted harmonies in each of the three contrasted movements were projected with sonorous detail and power, especially the splendid climatic repetitions of the main themes. The fierce, raw energy of the final piece was almost mesmeric, its initially slow and quiet ostinato building to a tidal wave of sound, all the while syncopated with jazzy insistence. Its riveting power made it an ideal encore piece following the final works, Chopin's F sharp minor Polonaise and Prokofiev's Seven Sonata. Though well studied, I found Lanis's Chopin Over-intense and Over-pedalled, the ostinato elements favoured above the lyrical interludes, in which phrasing was unclear. By contrast Lanis came into his own in the Prokofiev's Sonata, a real tour de force. The balance between coherent and impressionistic tendencies infused the first movement with drama, while the beguiling slow movement displayed well judged textural layering which was beguiling in effect before the power packed finale. 
Malcolm Miller. MUSICAL OPINION, SPRING 2000
2000 ELEVENTH HEADS OF MISSION ASSEMBLY LE MERIDIEN, LONDON W1 8TH NOVEMBER, 2000 Co-hosted by The Ambassador of the People's Republic of China and Madame Chen Xiaodong, The High Commissioner for the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago Mrs  Shelagh M.de Osuna, The Ambassador of Ukraine and Mrs Liudmyla  Vassylenko, and Prof. J. R.  Monroy, Managing Director of LACCS-UK, "To promote better understanding and dialogue of cultures among nations"
 
Chairman Ambassador Dr Mohamed I. Shaker Chairman of the Board Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs (ECFA),Cairo. Diplomat/September/October 2000, London.

2001

2001

IQUIQUENOS DISTINGUIDOS EN LONDRES

Los Iquiquenos Juan Rolando Monroy y Juana Luisa Silvestre, profesor y sicologo respectivamente, fueron reconocidos en Inglaterra por sus aportes a la difusion de la cultura chilena y latinoamericana en ese pais. Ambos profesionales trabajan con el Cuerpo Diplomatico de Londres y son los responsables de la fundacion, en esa nacion, de la Sociedad Latinoamericana y Caribena de Cultura, organizacion reconocida en Inglaterra por dar a conocer la musica clasica y tradicional de Chile y America Latina. La entidad, creada por los dos profesionales ex-profesores de la Universidad de Chile - tiene una existencia de 16 anos y con el apoyp del sector empresarial britanico ha presentado en ese pais a mas de 300 artistas latinos en las principales salas de conciertos de Londres como el Royal Festival Hall, Barbican entre otros.

MISIONES

Pero Juan R Monroy ademas de crear la Latin American & Caribbean Society (LACCS-UK), fundo la Asamblea de Jefes de Misiones en Gran Bretana, esta instancia durante sus doce anos de funcionamiento reune y es reconcida por las principales autoridades britanicas, a ellas asisten los Embajadores acreditados ante la Reina Isabel II/

En la ultima Asamblea realizada en Noviembre en el Meridien Hotel de Londresm recibio Monroy un estimulo por su participacion como editor de la publicacion "NUEVO NUNDO 2000". aporte que se suma a la afamada trayectoria del profesional junto a la sicologa Juan Luisa Silvestre a quien tambien se destaco por su aporte a la cultura.

El Iquiqueno Juan R Monroy fue distinguido por el cuerpo diplomatico de Inglaterra por su aporte a la cultura. Diario La Estrela de Iquique Jueves 4 de Enero de 2001.


2001
The Bolivian guitarist PIRAI VACA plays a concert of Bolivian baroque music and music by Krieger, Mangore, Nouwer, Dominguez, Caba, Ginastera and the premier of Pirai Vaca's own Sonata Chiquitana XVIII at St.  John's Smith Square, SW1, on Monday, February 5. See classical listing for further details. (text with photo). WHAT'S ON IN LONDON. Jan 31, 2001- Feb.7, 2001.

JUAN JOSE CHUQUISENGO
 
"A pianist with a deep sensitivity and a feeling for true musical context and meaning that become audible reality in his playing" Sergiu Celibidache. St. John's Smith Square, Thursday 26th July 2001 at 7.30 p.m.  Presented by The Embassy of Peru in association with the Latin American and Caribbean Cultural Society.  
2001
The Latin American and Caribbean Cultural Society, (LACCS-UK) is presenting a summer season of concerts featuring South American music and musicians.
 
The season opens on 26th July at St. John's Smith Square with the Peruvian pianist JUAN JOSE CHUQUISENGO.  His programme includes three premieres:  Hoyle's Three pieces for piano. Roberto Carpio's Tres Estampas de Arequipa and Enrique Iturriaga's Pregon y Danza.  He will also play Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition and Ravel's La Valse.
 
The second concert will be on 31 July at the Purcell Room with Uruguayan guitarist Maestro ABEL CARLEVARO whose programme will include his 12 micro studies and Milonga Suite and the U.K. premier of his Four Studies dedicated to Heitor Villa-Lobos.

Brazilian CARLOS BARBOSA-LIMA will play a programme of Brazilian and Caribbean music at the Purcell Room on 4 September with a new musical approach to Boleros and Mambos. He will also play a world premiere of Damaso Perez Prado's Mambo No 5 which he has himself arranged for guitar.

 
On 6th September at the Queen Elizabeth Hall there will be the debut appearance of the Argentinean LUIS RIZZO TANGO QUINTET. The Quintet comprise two guitars, bandoneon, violin and double bass.  MUSICAL OPINION, JUNE, 2001.
2001
KANNECI CAPTIVATES WITH THE GUITAR
Renowned classical guitarist Ahmet Kanneci gave a recital at the South Bank on Monday and received a standing ovation for his performance. The Turkish guitarist who has played in concert halls all over the world, came to London to perform Anatolian and Latin American pieces.  The concert was organised by the Latin American and Caribbean Cultural Society and sponsored by the Turkish Ambassador to London H.E. Mr Korkmaz Haktanir.
 
The concert was sell-out at the Purcell Room in the Queen Elizabeth Hall on the South Bank and the audience were treated to pieces from Bach and Latin American composers such as Cherubito and Montana. There were also a performance by Kanneci of Five Anatolian Pieces based on the music of traditional Turkish folk dances including Ham Meyva and Odam Kirectir.
 
Kanneci said his music blended easily with South American rhythms because of the common themes. "Latin America has been likened to Mesopotamia and the music covers the same theme of love, heartaches, natural beauty, these kind of things. I feel an affinity with South American music because of their love for the guitar. Their is a such a rich culture but so is ours and I feel we are all connected, with similar melodies in our music and the common themes" TOPLUM, LONDON, THURSDAY 14, JUNE 2001.
2001
TRIBUTE TO ABEL CARLEVARO
A tribute to the Uruguayan guitarist, composer and teacher Abel Carlevaro was paid at the Purcell Room recital  organised by the Embassy of the Oriental Republic of Uruguay in association with the Latin American and Caribbean Cultural Society. Abel Carlevaro was to have played at the Purcell Room on 31st July but his death occurred suddenly on 17th July in Berlin where he was giving Master  Classes. In posthumous homage to this eminent guitarist the recital was given by Jose Fernandez- Bardesio a former pupil, and was preceded  by the presentation of LACCS-UK Award 2001 which was received on behalf of the late Abel Carlevaro by His Excellency the Uruguayan Ambassador, Senor Miguel Berthet.

Jose Fernandez Bardesio devoted the first half of his programme to three works by Carlevaro, starting with MILONGA ORIENTAL, based on the Uruguayan folk song, which the composer dedicated to his wife. Next came CRONOMIAS I, a major work in sonata form, written in 1970, which incorporates serialism as well as drumming on and stroking the body of the instrument, all of which added up to some unusual sound effects. The guitarist ended his tribute with the PRELUDIOS AMERICANOS which dated from Carlevaro's earliest years and show a range of influences, forms and techniques; they also confirmed the sensitivity and musical refinement of the soloist.

Fernandez-Bardesio then played four arrangements of pieces by Astor Piazzolla, the great tango specialist, including SPRING AND SUMMER from his FOUR SEASONS, which revealed the fecundity of his rhythmic and melodic invention. He ended with his own tango inspired work EL DIA ANUNCIADO, which exploited rhythmic syncopation as well as the virtuosity of his technique. 

Margaret Davies, MUSICAL OPINION, September 2001.  (There is a photo with the article).  Prof. J R Monroy President of LACCS-UK and  HE Senor Miguel Berthet, Ambassador of Uruguay at the Purcell Room.

2001
ENTREGARON DRAGON DE PLATA  A LA LATIN AMERICAN AND CARIBBEAN CULTURAL SOCIETY (LACCS-UK) EN CHILE EN RECONOCIMIENTO AL APOYO QUE SE ENTREGA A LOS MUSICOS DE CHILE EN EL EXTRANJERO.

RECONOCIMIENTO:
"Tambien se entrego el Dragon de Plata a la Latin American and Caribbean Cultural Society de Inglaterra, como un reconocimiento especial por haber llevado hasta ese pais Europeo a artistas chilenos ligados a la musica clasica. El premio lo recibio el representante de la entidad en Iquique, Don Roberto Yanez". Diario la Estrella, Iquique, Dec. 2001.
2001
CARLOS BARBOSA-LIMA ON THE SOUTH BANK
The Brazilian classical guitarist Carlos Barbosa-Lima devoted his recital at the Purcell Room on 4 September to Latin romances from Central and South America. This former child prodigy, who speaks in the soft tones of a distinguished academic as befits a member of the Manhattan School of Music faculty, crosses the barrier between classical and popular music. His admitted "Affinity for the popular style treated in a classical way" was illustrated by the classicism of his playing of a selection of songs, some made popular in film scores, other once regularly heard in the repertoire of bands specialising in Latin American music. Barbosa- Lima's many Guitar arrangements tellingly captured the nostalgia of these haunting melodies. Among them were three songs by the Cuban composer Ernesto Lecuona, including the lyrical  ALWAYS IN MY HEART and the elaborate variation of the catch  GUANTANAMERA: Rafael Hernandez's lament for his Puerto Rian homeland; Ary Barroso's BAHIA which was featured in the film FLYING DOWN TO RIO; two other  film songs, PERFIDIA and FRENESI  by the Mexican Alberto Dominguez; and Agustin Lara's, familiar bolero SOLAMENTE UNA VEZ.

Present in the audience was the Hawaiian musician BYRON YASUI, composer of the jazz standard BAUBLES, BANGLES AND BEADS based on a Borodin melody used in the Musical KISMET, joined Carlos Barbosa-Lima on the platform in a duet version for Guitar and Ukelele.

Carlos Barbosa-Lima also paid tribute to two of his fellow countrymen, both composers-guitarists, playing four dance-inspired pieces by Baden Powell and four by Luiz Bonfa, noted for his contribution to the jazz repertoire, including SAMBA DE ORFEU, one of the themes from the film BLACK ORPHEUS and SAMBOLERO, a complex fusion of samba, bolero and sound effects produced from the body of the guitar. 

Margaret Davies, MUSICAL OPINION, DECEMBER 2001. Photo CBL is included.


2002

2002
EL GUITARRISTA ERNESTO MENDEZ , SE PRESENTARA EN LONDRES ENTRERRIANOS PARA EL MUNDO (article with photo of  EM)
 
La presencia del entrerriano en esa sala forma parte de un gran programa de The Latin American and Caribbean Cultural Society (LACCS-UK) que en su temporada de 2002 incluye importantes musicos de varios paises, entre ellos Ucrania, Italia, Brasil, y la Republic Checa (ver recuadro).
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UN ESPACIO PARA EL INTERCAMBIO CULTURAL
 
La presentacion del guitarrista paranaense es organizada por The Latin American and Caribbean Cultural Society (LACCS-UK), entidad que el ano pasado permitio presentarse en esa sala a la musica local Silvina Lopez.
 
A traves del programa promovido por la asociacion que en 2003 celebrara 20 anos de labor permanente en pro de la difusion de la musica - han podido presentarse en Londres mas de 250 musicos de casi todos los paises latinoanericanos. De Argentina existe una larga lista: Ariel Ramirez, Eduardo Falu, Zamba Quipildor, Roberto Aussel, Mariano Mores, el Ballet Brandsen, el Buenos Aires Tango Ballet.

Entre los guitarristas latinoamericanos que actuaron invitados por LACCS-UK se encuentran Alirio Diaz (Venezuela), Eduardo Falu (Argentina), Laurindo Almeida y Carlos Barbosa-Lima (Brasil), Eduardo Fernandez y Jose Fernandez Bardesio (Uruguay), y Oscar Ohlsen (Chile). A fines de este ano  la LACCS-UK presentara un programa especial de musica de Brasil con una de las orquestas mas importantes de Gran Bretana "The English Chamber Orchestra". Carlos Marin, Cultura y  Espectaculos, EL DIARIO, PARANA, JUEVES 7 DE MARZO, 2002.

2002
LACCS-UK CELEBRATIONS
The Latin American and Caribbean Cultural Society (LACCS-UK), which will be celebrating 20 years of promoting the classical guitar in 2003 has another interesting series this year. On the 28th March the young Argentine guitarist Ernesto Mendez will be performing in the Purcell Room, London. Mendez comes from Parana region and will be playing in a wide range of rhythmic styles which come from this region.

LACCS-UK was founded in 1984 by Juan R Monroy and Juanita Sylvester, both Professors from the University of Chile. Since then they have introduced over 300 Latin American artists to British audiences. Other performers in this years series include Vladislav Blaha on 25th April, Cecilia Siqueira on 28th May and Carlos Barbosa-Lima on 29 July. See Concert Diary. CLASSICAL GUITAR MAGAZINE, MARCH, 2002.

2002
LA GUITARRA MAGICA DE PARANA

LONDRES ( Por Marco Marini) El guitarrista Ernesto Mendez, nacido en la ciudad de Parana, provincia de Entre Rios, se presento el 28 de Marzo en la sala Purcell Room del Royal Festival Hall en la ciudad de Londres, Inglaterra, con el auspicio de la Embajada Argentina y en asociacion con la LACCS-UK.

Este maestro de la guitarra abarco temas de las regiones de los Andes, Rio de la Plata, Noreste y Litoral. Se interpretaron los siguientes temas: de Ernesto Mendez "Tres piezas cuyanas, gato, tonada y cueca", de Atahualpa Yupanqui " La estancia vieja" y "Juan Carreno", de Carlos Gardel y Alfredo Lepera "Soledad" de  Hector Stamponi y los hermanos Exposito "Flor de Lino", de Damacio Esquivel y Osvaldo Sosa "Alma Guarani" y de Transito Cocomarola "Kilometro 11". Durante su actuacion, a sala llena, tuvo que repetir varios temas. Fue una verdadera fiesta. LA OPINION ON LINE , Ano 5, 15, Abril, 2002.

2002 CECILIA SIQUEIRA: DE NUEVA YORK A LONDRES
Articulo incluye foto de la guitarista clasica.
Llegada de Nueva York, de paso por su ciudad natal, Cecilia Siqueira rehace sus valijas para viajar a Londres, invitada por Sociedad Cultural Latinoamericana y del Caribe (LACCS-UK).
El TELEGRAFO la entrevisto en su casa...
LONDRES Y DESPUES...
El proximo destino de la artista sanducera es la ciudad de Londres para el 28 de Mayo en el Purcell Room, en el complejo Royal Festival Hall. "Alli estoy anunciada como una ejecutante con poetica pasion por la guitarra. Ese concierto sera uno de los mas importantes de mi carrera, y es organizado por LACCS-UK, cuyo presidente Juan R Monroy que reside en Londres - me invito personalmente." LACCS-UK es una institucion muy respetada, que celebro veinte anos de su fundacion en Londres, Este ano recibio el primer reconocimiento latinoamericano por su trabajo en favor de la musica latinoamericana en Chile, otorgandosele el galardon "Dragon de Plata". Ellos han llevado ya de Uruguay a Eduardo Fernandez y a Rene Marino Rivero, asi como a Ariel Ramirez, el ballet Brandsen, Alirio Diaz de Venezuela. "Esta considerada como la principal institucion inglesa para promover musica latinoamericana. Eso es un gran honor.
"Despues de Londres regresare a dar unos conciertos en Uruguay, y en Octubre viajo a Italia, Suiza, Alemania y Espana, donde ofrecere otros"
Asi sigue su trayectoria ascendente una jovencita que cada dia nos asombra mas, porque ademas, todos estos viajes los hace sola... con su alma y si gran humildad.
JOSE GARCIA DANTAZ, EL TELEGRAFO, PAYSANDU,
21 DE ABRIL DE 2002. URUGUAY.
2002 CECILIA SIQUEIRA
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PROXIMO OBJETIVO: LONDRES
En otro orden Cecilia anuncio que fue invitada a un concierto en el Royal Festival Hall de Londres, Inglaterra. Este concierto se realiza en 28 de Mayo y es organizado por la Embajada de Uruguay y la Latin American and Caribbean Cultural Society, conocida por su sigla LACCS-UK.

Esta es una organizacion independiente fundada en 1983 con el fin de hacer conocer la musica latina entre el publico britanico, y es presidida por el Profesor Juan R. Monroy. En sus veinte anos de funcionamiento, llevo 250 musicos latinoamericanos y caribenos, y como reconocimiento de esta difusion se les entrego en Chile un "Dragon de Plata".

Cecilia esta muy agradecida por la invitacion, ya que segun explico " es muy dificil llegar a Gran Bretana porque es un medio muy cerradp con respecto a la musica clasica, y esta Sociedad nos da a muchos musicos la posibilidad de ir"

"Para mi fue un honor que se enteraran de mi y me invitaran" , concluyo.

CAMBIOS, PAGINA ABIERTA, CULTURA, PAYSANDU,

MIERCOLES, 17 DE ABRIL DE 2002, URUGUAY.
2002 ERNESTO MENDEZ PURCELL ROOM, LONDON 28 MARCH
Ernesto Mendez hails from Parana City, in
northern Argentina. He is an expert on the folkloric traditions of this country, which is fertil place for music with each region producing distinct styles. He is also an accomplished composer and the concert began with three of his own compositions. From Cuyo region, Andean provinces bordering Chile, the pieces showed a composer au fait with modern accessible harmony and a very firm and natural understanding of the folk rhythms, such as  the Gato. Every Argentine guitarist I have heard possesses this enviable rhythmic facility and the art of the rasgueado is certainly not exclusive to flamenco.
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The programme notes were excellent and informative, again an area where LACCS-UK is extremely successful. "Como Dos Extranos" by Pedro Laurenz and the Gardel tango "Soledad" added some urban reflections among the fecund country dances. Among the various dances. Chacarera, Chamame, Polca Correntina, and Gatos was the lovely "Laurel" bailecito by Juan Falu.
 
Mendez seemed very relaxed for his debut in this country and his focused stage presence gave us some beautiful music. Some of it is wild and some plaintive but very rarely, even with the slower pieces, does the music appear to rest. Constant shifting time signatures and subtle rhythmic accents make one try to guess where to start counting and working out the structures. Of course with pure tradition one needs to be steeped in it to really feel it but with such a good communicator as Mendez I felt that all present had been enlightened with a charming performance.
TIM PANTING, CLASSICAL GUITAR, JUNE 2002.
2002 VLADISLAV BLAHA PURCELL ROOM, LONDON 25 APRIL
The Czech guitarist Vladislav Blaha has always been known for his remarkable technical showmanship. The concert as a gentle, romantic and nervous opening but two Sonatas by Paganini were not without their tricky technical intricacies which Blaha tackled with aplomb. He had arranged these Sonatas, Op 3, no 6 and Op 3 no 1 from the Sonatas for violin and guitar.
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Although it is not customary to mention encores in a review, I must make an exception here and mention Stepan Rak's tour de force - Hora, a Romanian Dance: the piece has a long opening section played by the left hand alone, and then the piece continues with both hands playing at a remarkable speed; Vladislav Blaha gave it a remarkable performance.
THERESE WASSILY SABA, CLASSICAL GUITAR,
AUGUST, 2002.
2002 VLADISLAV BLAHA ON THE SOUTH BANK 
At the Purcell Room on the 25th April the Latin American and Caribbean Cultural Society presented the Czech guitarist Vladislav Blaha whose delightful programme was full of little known composers who have served the instrument with works of astonishing diversity and an inherent understanding of its properties. 

Blaha drew us into this sound world with his own arrangement of two Paganini Sonatas where minor points of execution lessened their ability to flow easily. However as he settled, Vitezslav Novak's Cithara Poetica provided a good variety of mood that presented little problem: the fourth of these five pieces was truly delightful. Interesting techniques and effects characterised contemporary Czech composer, Stepan Rak's Overture of Vision and Toccata, complimented with polished playing and near delivery.

The Cuban composer Leo Brouwer is much respected in the classical guitar world, the deceptive simplicity of "Elogio de la Danza" and the more complex Second Suite  revealing both strength  and serenity in the writing which synthesised with  Blaha's fabulously articulate performance. Spirited performance continued  with Nikita Koshkin's dynamically contrasting and extrovert USHER WALTZ before Milan Tesar's visceral JUMBLE SUITE lightened the mood, capturing the art of the guitarist with splendid writing. Blaha's dedicated display ending a recital of effecting and extraordinary technique.

DAVID ALKER, MUSICAL OPINION, SEPTEMBER- OCTOBER 2002.

CECILIA SIQUEIRA, Purcell Room, London - 28th May 2002
The Purcell Room suits guitarists, en every shape and forms. It has been doing for so quite some time and LACCS-UK director Juan R. Monroy continues to bring musicians who have never played in Britain before, and of course once they have, he manages to bring them back.
20 years-old Cecilia Siquiera, from Uruguay, has made waves in both Argentina and Brazil and, judging by tonith's performance she should be doing so in the increasing number of countries.
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The evening then paid tribute. albeit briefly, to the tango, wit La ULTIMA CURDA by the legendary Anibal Troilo, this was followed by a Brazilian selection of classics arranged by Carlos Barbosa-Lima, AQUERELA DO BRASIL, SAMBA DE UMA NOTA, and finally Baden Powells's BERIMBAU, we played with a funky and ultimately commanding handling of the music and its core. Siqueira plays the guitar how it is supposed to be played: with respect and dedication for technique but with a flexibility that understands the instrument true roots and its ability to charm.
A very enjoyable evening.
Tim Panting, Classical Guitar September 2002.
2002
LEANDRO CARVALHO AND THE BRITTON QUINTET Purcell Room, London, 29 July 2002

I first heard of Leandro Carvalho from a recording "Pernambuco, the Poet of the Guitar". This recording had the compositions of Pernambuco put in the setting of a full choro band. i.e. with percussion, seven - strings guitar, cavaquinho, etc.
Most classical guitarists know one piece by this composer and play it, as through it was his only piece! Some enlightened players picked up on Turibio Santos's arrangements published originally by Ricordi then by Chanterelle. These essentially what Carvalho played with the band members weaving around him and very effective it was too.

This evening has a string quintet instead of the more raucous ensemble of traditional Brazilian accompaniment but able musicians they all were. All played impressively in tune.
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Of course I cannot end without mentioning Juan R. Monroy and LACCS-UK, why not?
I hear you ask. Well, its due to his tireless efforts and enthusiasm that these artists get to come to this country and lets us enjoy the ever increasing scale of talent emerging from around the world!

Tim Panting, Classical Guitar, September 2002
2002
LACCS-UK ANNIVERSARY
Classical Guitar magazine has just celebrated 20 years of circulating guitar news around the civilised world. Another organisation devoted for furthering the interest of the guitar, though by different means (putting concerts,
actualy)
is LACCS-UK, the Latin American and Caribbean Cultural Society, whose founder and president, Juan R. Monroy is himself a guitarist.

LACCS-UK will be celebrating its own 20 years of existence next year, and is already preparing a special celebration programme, to begin in February 2003 and continuing until September 2004. Several important guitarist will be appearing, and the details will be announced in due course in CG.
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It is not too much to say that there have been times when the events mounted by LACCS-UK have appeared to be the only signs of regular public guitar ectivity in England's capital. We know from our own experience that it has been very difficult, and we can only commend Juan Monroy for his enterprissing the hope that he is not going to give up just yet. London needs guitar concerts of the calibre offered by Juan R Monroy and his enterprising organisation.
CLASSICAL GUITAR, LONDON, OCTOBER 2002

2003

2003 October

LACCS-UK 20th Anniversary continues with two more interesting recitals at the Purcell Room. On the 4th September Bulgarian guitarist George Vassilev will play a programme of works ranging from Bach's Suite pour lute BWV 996 to Henze's Drei Tientos. On the 20th October Austrian guitarist Alexander Swete compares Austrian compositions with their counterparts from the Americas.
Musical Opinion, Sept., Oct., 2003


BUE TRIO AT THE PURCELL ROOM

... In recent years non-latin musicians have taken up the Tango and, albeit in honest reverence, have stiffened its structure and censored its choreography to suit it for the concert hall. But BUE TRIO adapted the concert hall for the tango as they turned the Purcell Room into a smoky Buenos Aires dance hall, the beat irresistible and the guitarrist on fire, with imaginary tangoistas strutting and gliding across the parquet.
Rick Jones, Musical Opinion, Oct., 2003.


The Guitarist Alexander Swete presents a remarkable strange but oddly fascinating programme comparing musical traditions in Austria and the Americas. Its includes the British premier of Alfred Uhl's SONATA CLASICA, which was composed for Andres Segovia but quite likely never played by him...
LONDON MAGAZINE, October 2003.


LONDRES UN TRIBUTO RECIBIRA OSCAR GACITUA LO OFRECERA SU DISCIPULO, EL PIANISTA MICHIO NISHIHARA TORO

El interprete chileno Michio Nishihara Toro rendira el Jueves, en la Capital Inglesa, un homenaje a su fallecido Maestro, Oscar Gacitua Weston, en la sala Leighton House con un programa que incluira obras de Bach-Busonu, Schumann, Chopin, Pedro Humberto Allende, Debussy y Franz Liszt.

El musico ( quien ya actuo en el Purcell Room del Royal Festival Hall) se presentara por iniciativca e invitacion de Juan R Monroy, director have veinte anos de una insntitucion cultural inglesa dedicada a la promocion de la musica de America Latina en el Reino Unido. Precisamente esa institucion promovio las presentaciones de Oscar Gacitua en Inglaterra en 1996.

Nishihara Toro fue uno de los ultimos discipulos de Gacitua, inolvidable artista y musico chileno. El Mercurio, Lunes 10 Noviembre de 2003.


GEORGE VASSILEV
Purcell Room, London
4 September 2003

.................................. LACCS-UK an organisation at the heart of the geopolitical guitar scene, was again responsible for bringing Bulgarian-born Vassilev to the Purcell Room. . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Drei Tientos ( for Julian Bream) from Kammermusic 1958 (orig, for tenor, guitar and eight instruments) by Hans Werner Henze filled the Purcell Room with enough spiky dissonance to hush the already hushed audience into paying even closer attention to Vassilev's, by now winning formula, of a sound technique coupled with a risk taking attitude. Another Bogdanovich piece, Sonata (1978), written when the composer was in his early 20s was played with a ferociousness and lively gusto, where Vassilev's enjoyment was almost palpable. After this rather monumental workout Vassilev plunged headlong into Brouwer's El Decameron Negro woth what can easily be described as panache. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

An encore of a flamenco fantasia of sorts showed yet more of the Vassilev nimbleness. And what an unexpected surprise it was. Tim Panting, Classical Guitar, Dec., 2003.


GEORGE VASSILIEV at THE PURCELL ROOM

The outstandingly gifted Bulgarian guitarist George Vassiliev gave and inspiring programme at the Purcell Room on the 4 September to a large and enthusiastic audience.

He began with Bach's Lute Suite BWV 996, played with superb musicianship and style, which was followed by Rodrigo's Invocacion y Danza, also quite mesmerisingly played. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

The more familiar Three Tientos from Hans Werner Henze's 1958 Kammermusik sounded far less fearsome that they did 45 years ago, and Leo Brouwer's El Decameron Negro, a Suite of three character pieces, brought this excellent LACCS-UK promoted recital to a splendid conclusion.

George Vassiliev is both a genuine guitarist and a most musicianly artist; I look forward to welcoming him to London again soon.
Robert Matthew-Walker, Musical Opinion, December 2003.


Alexander Swete at the Purcell Room

LACCS-UK are to be congratulated yet again in promoting gifted young artists who otherwise might not get a chance to be heard in London's major concert halls, for the guitar recital by the Austrian Alexander Swete at the Purcell Room on the 20 October was a total sucess, much enjoyed by a large and appreciate audience. Acoustically the Purcell Room is without doubt the finest venue for the guitar in London, and we were rewarded by a fascinating and unhack- neyed programme quite masterfully played. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Two pieces by Piazzolla ended this highly successful programme. A fine artist.
Robert Matthew-Walker, Musical Opinion Dec., 2003.



2003 ROMILIO ORELLANA DEBUTA COMO SOLISTA EN LA ENGLISH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA DE LONDRES

Tocara en Febrero en el Purcell Room del Royal Festival Hall. Invitado por la Latin American and Caribbean Cultural Society (LACCS-UK), fundacion Inglesa que preside desde hace 20 anos el Chileno, Profesor Juan R Monroy, quien se encuentra en el pais ultimando los detalles de este concierto. Cronica de NURY CONSTENLA, Santiago, Chile, Diciembre 2003.

* IQUIQUENO PRESIDE FUNDACION MUSICAL EN LONDRES, DIARIO LA ESTRELLA DE IQUIQUE, CHILE, 12 Diciembre de 2003

* IQUIQUENO APOYA EL ARTE Y LA MUSICA EN LONDRES, ARTICULO, DIARIO LA ESTRELLA DE IQUIQUE, CHILE. 27 Diciembre de 2003.

MUSICA CHILENO APPOYA A TALENTO LATINOAMERICANO EN LONDRES JUAN MONROY YA CUENTA CON UNA TEMPORADA ESPECIAL PARA CELEBRAR LOS 20 ANOS DE LACCS-UK Articulo por Victor Mandujano. EL MERCURIO, Jueves 25 de Diciembre de 2003

Nacido en Iquique, el Profesor Juan R Monroy reside en Londres hace dos decadas. En este lapso se ha convertido en un verdedero mecenas de la musica clasica latinoamericana en la capital europea.

Como Presidente de la Latin American and Caribbean Cultural Society (LACCS-UK), insntitucion con 20 anos de labor ininterrumpida, ha montado espectaculos en historicos escenarios de Londres, como el Royal Festival Hall o el St. John's Smith Square.

De visita en Chile, Monroy explica que ya cuenta con una temporada especial para celebrar, en 2004 las dos decadas de su institucion.

"Abrir esa puerta significo que unos 300 musicos y compositores de nuestro continente hayan participado en nuestros programas organizados en Londres". De Chile han estado los guitarristas, Eulogio Davalos, Luis Orlandini y Oscar Ohlsen, y los pianistas Oscar Gacitua, Roberto Bravo, Javier Lanis y Michio Nishihara Toro. Tambien Ariel Ramirez y Eduardo Falu, de Argentina, Alirio Diaz de Venezuela, Carlos Barbosa-Lima, Laurindo Ameida y Marlos Nobre de Brasil, Enrique Diemecke de Mexico, Abel Carlevaro y Eduardo Fernandez de Uruguay, entre otros...



2003
EN EL ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL DE LA CAPITAL INGLESA PIANISTA CHILENO OSCAR GACITUA RECIBIRA HOMENAJE POSTUMO EN LONDRES Oscar Gacitua fue uno de esos artistas que poco empeno puso en propagar su talento por el mundo. El mismo decia no querer " estar inserto entre guerras de vanidades del ambiente musical", y a pesar de recibir premios y elogios por la critica europea y norteamericana, el pianista talquino prefirio quedarse en Chile, sin dejar de protestar contra la forma en que se desarrollaba en el pais la educacion musical y sembrando en MICHIO NISHIHARA - su unico discipulo la fascinacion por CHOPIN a quien interpretaba con un talento incomparable.
A un ano de su tragica y voluntaria muerte en diciembre de 2001, el Royal Festival Hall de Londres, uno de los mas importantes escenarios que tuvo el pianista chileno como invitadi - a tablero vuelto el 21 de junio de 1996- rendura homenaje a su destacada figura, justamente en manos del joven Nishihara.
El concierto, que se realiza el 30 de Julio proximo en la sala Purcell Room, ubicada a orillas del rio Thames, incluira piezas d Bach, Schumann, Debussy y del chileno Humberto Allende con su obra : "Dos Tonadas". Ademas contempla el Nocturno opus 48 numero 1 y Polonesa en Fa menor opus 44, de Frederic Chopin.
La fecha forma parte de una programacion aniversario de la Latin American & Caribbean Cultural Society (LACCS-UK), entidad presidida por otro chileno, Juan R. Monroy, que lleva 20 anos difundiendo la musica de autores clasicos y contemporaneos en escenarios londinenses. Esta misma organzacion fue la que invito a Gacitua a Londres en 1996, cuando deslumbro a la critica Britanica.

Monroy explica que el plan inicial era que el pianista estuviera esa noche celebrando. "Nosotros lo queriamos traer a tocar, para hacer un concierto especial con el y rendirle un homenaje. De hecho, yo hable de esto dos dias antes de su muerte con el guitarista Oscar Ohlsen, para contactarlo y traerlo, Fue impactante saber que a pocas horas de eso el ya se habia ido" recuerda Monroy.
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La TERCERA. cl
Miercoles 8 de Enero de 2003


2003
GALINA VALE AT THE PURCELL ROOM

The Ukrainian-born guitarist GALINA VALE matched the flamboyance of her playing to her own striking looks and dramatically theatrical dresses at her Purcell Room recital on the 17th September. Organised by the Latin American and Caribbean Cultural Society, it was part of the yearlong Festival of Ukrainian Arts held throughout the UK, though the only Ukrainian guitar music on the programme was an extract from CARPATHIAN RHAPSODY, a work dedicated to Galina by Anatoly Shevchenko and influenced by the folk music of his country, which created an atmospheric sound picture of its inland scenery.
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But a hotted-up version Beethoven Fur Elise by Pavel Steidl, a Czech guitarist, drew a dazzling performance from Galina Vale.

MARGARET DAVIES, MUSICAL OPINION, February 2003.


2003
LACCS-UK 20 YEARS ON
THE YEAR 2003 MARKS THE TWENTIETH CONSECUTIVE SEASON OF THE LATIN AMERICAN AND CARIBBEAN CULTURAL SOCIETY. ROBERT MATTHEW-WALKER SURVEY THE SOCIETY'S ACHIEVEMENTS AND LOOKS FORWARD TO A SPECIAL SERIES OF COMMEMORATIVE CONCERTS.
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In his native Chile Juan R. Monroy was fortunate to have been encourage by his father, a keen musician. The family was also very keen on sport, especially football. which is another of Juan R. Monroy's personal passions, alongside the guitar, which instrument he feels is nor only the most traditional in Latin America but also the one through which the musical tradition of the continent will ultimately be preserved.

There is always something unusual and intriguing about LACCS-UK event: not just the relative unfamiliar of the music but the excellence of the artists whom Juan Monroy brought to the attention of British audiences principally on the South Bank. Indeed, for two-fifths of the South Bank's first half century, LACCS-UK can claim to have presented some of the most innovative and important concerts in Britain's premier venues.
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Juan Monroy has received richly deserved commendations, not only by his own country but also from other countries for his work in presenting their musicians in London.
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It is this breathtaking range of music that has become almost a mission in itself.
Opera, recitals, instrumental, chamber, folk and world music: all of this, and more, us the stock-in trade of LACCS-UK and the indefatigable energy of Juan R.
Monroy. We look forward to the next twenty years.

MUSICAL OPINION, January - February 2003.


2003
PIANISTA CHILENO OSCAR GACITUAN RECIBIRA
HOMENAJE POSTUMO EN LONDRES

En el mismo escenario donde el desaparecido pianista
se presento hace ocho anos, su discipulo, MICHIO
NISHIHARA TORO, realizara un concierto en su nombre
el proximo 30 de Julio 2003.
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La fecha forma parte de una programacion aniversario
de la Latin American and Caribbean Cultural Society
(LACCS-UK), entidad presidida por el chileno Juan R Monroy,
que lleva 20 anos difundiendo la musica de autores
clasicos y contemporaneos en escenarios londinenses.
Esta misma organizacion fue la que invito a Gacitua a
Londres, en 1996, cuando deslumbro a la critica
Britanica. Hay mas informacion de una pagina,
LA TERCERA, Santiago, Chile, 8 de Enero 2003.


2003
KLASSISEN KITARA
MESTARI KORHONEN
SAVAYTTI
MUSIIKKI
AAMULEHTI. Kultuur/Culture, Thu 27.3.3003


2003
EL GUITARRISTA FABIO ZANON EMOCIONA CON
CLASICOS BRASILENOS
por Zahida Menbrado

Londres, 21 May (EFE),- El reputado guitarrista
brasileno Fabio Zanon conmovio anoche al publico
reunido en el Queen Elizabeth Hall de Londres con
una soberbia seleccion de temas clasicos brasilenos,
de compositores como Francisco Mognone y Marlos
Nobre.

El excelente concierto de Fabio Zanon, que conmemoraba
los veinte anos de musica brasilena en el Reino Unido,
estuvo auspiciado por la Sociedad Cultural Latino
Americana y Caribena (LACCS-UK) y la Embajada brasilena en
la capital britanica.


2003
SAULIUS LIPCIUS DUO

The Saulius Lipcius Duo (with Saulius Lipcius junior on guitar and Saulius Lipcius senior on cello) will perform at the Purcell Room as part of the LACCS-UK 20th Anniversary Series.
The next concert in LACCS-UK 20 Anniversary Series will be on Tuesday 1 July in the Purcell Room with Buetrio,a trio of guitar, clarinet and double bass, RESCUING THE EXPRESION OF TANGO.
Classical Guitar, vol 21, No 10, June 2003


2003
BUE TRIO CONMUEVE EN LONDRES CON TANGOS
DE SU PRIMER DISCO

Londres, 2 Jul (EFE).- El conjunto musical
Argentino "Bue Trio" presento en Londres
su disco debut "Fina orquesta " y conmovio con
un repertorio clasico de tangos y milongas al
publico reunido en el Royal Festival Hall.
Bue Trio, funadado en 1999 por Leo Heras (clarinete),
Edgardo Cardozo (guitarra y voz) y Fernando Galimany
(contrabajo), todos musicos con una trayectoria
professional en su pais - se dio a conocer en el
"II Festival de Buenos Aires Tango".

El publico londinense, visdiblemente emocionado,
dedico el Martes por la noche aplausos y ovaciones
al conjunto argentino, que abrio su repertorio
con "Amurado", un tango de tono melancolico y
sonador del compositor Pedro Maffia (1899-1967).

El debut londinense de Bue trio - que recientemente
actuo en Madrid - conto con el patrocinio de la
Sociedad Latinoamericana y Caribena de
Cultura (LACCS-UK) y de la Embajada de la Republica
Argentina en Londres. EFE.
Londres, 2 Julio 2003.


2003
ANDRZEJ MOKRY
PURCELL ROOM, LONDON
26 February 2003

Life would be very dull, especially for a reviewer if there were few but familiar faces endlessly parading their wares until that inevitable familiarity bred contempt. A LACCS-UK concert, usually at the Purcell Room is always guarantee to alleviate the gloom.
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Tansman, in this special tribute is a composer whose music for the guitar (much new material being recently unearthed ) has a dignity held in place by a very disciplined writing skill and desire to keep things simple. CAVATINA has some lovely moments and Mokry's performance was captivating and full of compassionate gestures. The generous measures of musical imagination in this little suite were given full flight by Mokry's unassuming yet committed performance.
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Mokry's job was well done: an enjoyable concert.
Tim panting, CLASSICAL GUITAR, MAY, 2003.


2003
TIMO KORHONEN
PURCELL ROOM, LONDON
25 MARCH, 2003.

LACCS-UK, again bringing the world of the guitar to the South Bank. Juan R Monroy delights in ever-expanding rota of artists that are gathering under the umbrella of his organisation, which has now diversified was beyond its Latin American and Caribbean borders.

KORHONEN a Finn, has a formidable reputation. The Brouwer HELSINKI CONCERTO was dedicated to him and he has worked with all the major Finnish orchestras and conductors. He is also a champion of new music and has premiered many new works.
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Tim Panting, CLASSICAL GUITAR, May 2003


2003
FABIO ZANON
PURCELL ROOM, London
20 May 2003

Fabio Zanon's concert are always special and reporting on them is a privilege. Under the auspicious of Juan R Monroy's LACCS-UK (Latin American and Caribbean Cultural Society), celebrating its 20 anniversary, Zanon had put together an entirely Brazilian programme.
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After that glorious example of the recitalist's art Zanon graciously delivered an encore, a little piece by Savio, STREET IMPRESSION, which was a treat for the audience, especially after such a landmark performance of MIGNONE.
Tim Panting, CLASSICAL GUITAR, August 2003.



2004

Twenty years of the Latin American and Caribbean cultural Society by Tim Panting, an two pages article, in Classical Guitar Magazine, January 2004

MUSICAL OPINION, FEBRUARY 2004

The concert on the 25th February at the Purcell Room explores the techniques and musical language of one of the most important living Italian composers for the modern guitar. Angelo Gilardino - 1941 works are an obligatory reference and study material for new generations of musicians and classical guitar players in Europe and around the world.

The concert, part of LACCS-UK 21st Season is focused in Gilardino's three master pieces for solo and two guitars. Sante Tursi and Romilio Orellana are twp young guitarist with the responsibility to bring to the audience the colour and harmonic language of Gilardino' s premieres. Conducted by Robin O'Neill they are partnered by members of the English Chamber Orchestra. Tickets cost 12.00 The concert starts at 7.30pm.


MUSICAL OPINION, FEBRUARY 2004

LACCS-UK AT LEIGHTON HOUSE by Margaret Davies

The Latin American & Caribbean Cultural Society, this year celebrating its 20th Anniversary, presented the Chilean pianist Michio Nishihara Toro in a recital at Leighton House on 13 November. The occasion was dedicated to the memory of two eminent Chilean musicians, the composer Pedro Humberto Allende, who was born in 1885 and died in 1959, and the pianist Oscar Gacitua Weston, who lived from 1924 to 2001. Malcolm Trup, a long time admirer of the pianist, paid tribute to Oscar Gacitua and his achievements in developing the musical life of Chile and introducing the music of Chilean composers to the outside world in his own concerts in Europe. Among these composers was Pedro Humberto Allende.

Michio Nishihara Toro, whose studies were for a time supervised by Gacitua Weston, played the Fifth, Eight and Ninth of Allende' s twelve Tonadas. Composed between 1918 and 1922 the Tonadas are simply structured, light romantic pieces based on popular Chilean melodies and dance rhythms, but the pianist also made the listener aware of Debussy's influence on the composer' s use of impressionistic effects.

Michio Toro' s performance of L'Isle joyeuse demonstrated Debussy' s mastery of the technique and his own skill in interpreting it. In his brilliantly executed account of Liszt's Tenth Transcendental Etude the pianist confirmed his security in the most demanding music. Even more impressive was his searching exploration ofSchumann' s C major Fanfasie where his outstanding technique was equal to the many facets of this complex work.


CLASSICAL GUITAR FEBRUARY 2004 VOL 22 No 6

TURSI AND ORELLANA PREMIER GILARDINO

The Italian guitarist Sante Tursi and Romilio Orellana will give the premiere of Angelo Gilardino' s LIEDERKONZERT for two guitars and chamber orchestra with members of the English Chamber orchestra conducted by Robin O'Neill at the Purcell Room on Wednesday 25th February at 7.30 pm. The work is n four movements: Abendlied- Andante calmo, Erikonig - un pco agitado, An die Entfernte - Adagio, and Hartfenspieler - Allegro vivo e fluente.

Sante Tursi will also give the U.K. premier of Angelo Gilardino' s three movements SONATA No 2 'Hivern Florit" for solo guitar and 3 Studi di Virtuosita e di Transcendenza: Studio No 13 Cancion Triste (omaggio14 a Pablo Neruda), Studio No 35 (omaggio a Manuel Maria Ponce), and Studio No 40 (omaggio a Joao Guimaraes Rosa).

The guitarist, composer and musicologist, Angelo Gilrdino has devoted much of his time recently to the publications of works from Segovia Archive. The concert is presented by the Italian Embassy in association with the Latin American and Caribbean Cultural Society, directed by Juan R Monroy, as part of LACCS-UK 20th Anniversary Series.


CLASSICAL GUITAR, APRIL 2004, VOL 22, No 9 BARBOSA-LIMA AND ECO

Carlos Barbosa-Lima will be in London on 11 May to givr a performance with the English Chamber Orchestra conducted by Simon Wright. They will give the U.K. premieres of some works by Antonio Carlos Jobim: Saudade do Brasil and Meu Amigo Radames both arranged by his son Paulo Jobim and O'Boto arranged by Byron Yasui. Carlos Barbosa-Lima' s arrangement of Amazonia by Laurindo Almeida will also receive its UK premier. This exiting programme is completed with the three movement CONCERTO DO COPACABANA by Radames Gnatali. The concert is being presented by the Latin American and Caribbean Cultural Society, directed by Juan R Monroy, Brasil Mayfair and the Brazilian Embassy.


CLASSICAL GUITAR, MAY 2004, VOL 22 No 9

CARLOS BARBOSA -LIMA IN LONDON

On Tuesday 11 May Carlos Barbosa-Lima will perform with the English Chamber Orchestra conducted by Simon Wright, at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, 7 45 pm.

The concert features the work of Antonio Carlos Jobim, including Meu Amigo Radames, a work recently completed by Jobim' s son Paulo, who is also a composer and arranger. In dedication to 4 his father, the UK premiere of Jobim' s O' Boto arranged by Byron Yasui, the UK premiere of Amazonia by Laurindo Almeida, and Radame Gnatali' s concerto de Copacabana.

The concert is presented by LACCS-UK directed by Juan R Monroy and by Brasilian Mayfair and the Brazilian Embassy.

LACCS-UK will present another concert later this month of the Estonian Trio: ARVO LEIBUR - violin, TERJE TERASMAA - Vibrafon, and HEIKE MATLIK- guitar, on Thursday 27 May 2004.



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