Coro de Cámara de Garachico en concierto en Castillo de San Felipe

Coro de Cámara de Garachico

Coro de Cámara de Garachico

Coro de Cámara de Garachico

Coro de Cámara de Garachico

I was in two minds, go to the Scandinavian church or the midday concert. I was not in the mood for a midday concert, went to church, but after ten minutes, thought no, I will go to the concert.

I was greeted with a glass of red wine, very good red wine. I settled down for the concert to begin.

Coro de Cámara de Garachico are a choral group of seven, three women, four men.

If I was expecting something like The Sixteen, Early Music, Victoria, then I was in for a grave disappointment. The music was Spanish and it was music I was unfamiliar with. Once I got over my disappintment it was not Victoria, I quite enjoyed it. The audience were very enthusiastic. Whether they were performing as writ, or their own improvisations and arrangements I do not know, but I suspect the latter.

The background was Castillo de San Felipe with its excellent acoustics and art by Nuria Meseguer which seemed to float off the walls.

The audience Spanish and German, no obvious tourists. No young people, but otherwise a reasonable spread, not as badly screwed to 60+ as in England.

After the concert the group vanished. Grrr, when are musicians going to recognise, those days are long gone, they have to hang around and engage with people, chat, answer questions?

I sought them out and managed to find one who spoke English. I asked did they perform Early Music, Victoria? They said yes, and invited me to a concert in Garachico in March. No, they had not recorded anything, and yes they agreed, a pity no live recording of their midday concert today as the acoustics in Castillo de San Felipe are excellent. They liked the idea of bandcamp, should they make a recording.

Chatting to the lady who organised today´s concert, I asked where the wine was from, was it local, as it was excellent? She said no, indicating a flagon of wine, it was from Malaga, and yes, it was excellent, would I like more? Having already had two glasses of wine, I declined.

She told me the concert was part of series of weekly matinee concerts, fund raising for Asociación Cultural Reyes Bartlet, that the money raised went to support school concerts.

She said there was an excellent guitarist playing outside. I agreed, and said I had met him a couple of days ago. I suggested why not invite him to give one of their lunchtime concerts. This she thought an excellent idea. I rushed out to Alejandro Possetto who was playing to give him this excellent news. He thanked me and gave me another of his CDs. He has not quite grasped <a href="bandcamp” title=”bandcamp”>bandcamp, thinks it is something I am dong for him. I explained no, and if he did not understand, to get someone technical to do it for him.

Next matinee concerts:

  • Insomnia (voz y piano) — 3 March 2013
  • Enrique Álvarez y Laura Gordo (oboe y piano) — 10 March 2013
  • Quinteto Aulaga (flauta, oboe, clarinete, fagot, trompa) — 17 March 2013

There is also an upcoming festival of Early and Baroque Music (Festival de Música Antigua y Barroca) in Castillo de San Felipe and the main chucrh in Plaza de Iglesia in March and May 2013.

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