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Baroque Music from the Chiquitos and Moxos Indians of Bolivia

This concert took place on Tuesday 1st February 2005, 7.30pm

at the Wigmore Hall, Wigmore Street, London W1

Baroque Music from Bolivia (the story)

In the last five years, more than 11,000 sheets of music have been discovered in the archives of several missions in the Bolivian amazon.  In this concert, Florilegium present a selection of vocal and instrumental music by Domenico Zipoli, who travelled from Europe to the New World, and by anonymous native composers living in the missionary communities of Chiquitos and Moxos.

Florilegium are now established as one of Britain’s leading period instrument ensembles.  In collaboration with their record company, Channel Classics, and the Prince Claus Foundation in Holland, Florilegium embarked on a project to record some of this music in the church where it was discovered deep in the Bolivian jungle.  The Mission in Concepcion was built in 1707.

The four vocal soloists on this recording are all Bolivian, and live and work there.  Following nationwide vocal auditions, four singers were selected to join Florilegium for this recording project, and after months of specialist training recorded this disc in April 2004.  The concert marks the launch of the CD and the Bolivian soloists’ European debuts.

Villancicos: Christmas Baroque Music

Friday 26th November 2004

St James’ Church, 197 Piccadilly

To raise funds to finance projects to educate indigenous women and children in rural areas of Bolivia.

Christmas music from the colonial powerbase of Charcas, now Sucre.  The concert explored the treasure of Spanish-American vocal-instrumental music preserved in the archives of Bolivia’s old capital.

In its Baroque heyday, the villancico gained great popularity in the New World.  Sung in Spanish and Portuguese, its closeness to popular culture is probably its most distinctive feature.

Performed by the Amaryllis Consort and members of the Cambridge Baroque Camerata, direction by Charles Brett.

ALAF Christmas Fiesta

The ALAF Christmas Fiesta took place on

Saturday 22nd November 2004.

Kensington Town Hall, Hornton Street, London W8 7NX

In aid of the children of Latin America.


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