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‘Antonio Torres 200’: Commemorating the Birth of the Modern Classical Guitar

‘Espí is one of the great Spanish classical guitarists.’


Without Antonio de Torres Jurado (1817-1892) we would not have the classical guitar. Considered the greatest luthier of his day, he gave birth to the modern instrument with his innovative improvements to its design, which produced a louder and more beautiful tone, helping to launch the guitar out of the drawing room and into the concert hall as an increasingly 'serious' instrument at a time when it was failing to compete with louder instruments. So superior was Torres' craft that his design remains, to this day, the blueprint for all classical guitar production.


Pre-eminent 19th-century specialist and multi-award-winner, Fernando Espí, presents a programme of Romantic Spanish guitar works by composers with a personal connection to Torres who helped shape his career and approach to guitar-making and who showed off his instruments to greatest effect. Espí will perform on a Joan Pellisa 2016 replica of an original 1863 Torres instrument.

Francisco Tárrega Capricho árabeGran jota

Antonio Cano Fantasía ‘El delirio’

Enrique Granados Danzas españolas (Selection)

Isaac Albéniz (tr. Espí) Suite española Op. 47 (Selection) 

Julián Arcas Bolero | Fantasía sobre temas de ‘La Traviata de Verdi’

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

Fernando Espí guitar

Part of the guitarrísimo series organised by ILAMS in collaboration with the Instituto Cervantes, with the kind support of Wines from Spain and RC Strings

SNEAK PEEK! Fernando Espí performing at Fundación March

2 Nov 2017, 7.00pm

King's College (Chapel)

Strand Lane, London, WC2R 2LS

Nearest tube: Temple



In Advance


£12 Concessions

£10 Members of ILAMS


On the Door


£16 Concessions

£14 Members of ILAMS



0800 411 8881 (lines open 24/7)


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Background Image: Palacio da Pena Castle in São Pedro de Penaferrim, Sintra, Portugal

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