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World-class musician steps out in traditional Tango-style
Sunday 11th March, 2012 - Southwell Minster’s Great Hall
World-class musician steps out in traditional Tango-style
Martin Alvarado
MARTIN ALVARADO
One of the finest and most significant tango artists in the world today will perform in Southwell Minster’s Great Hall as part of his 21st tour of Europe and second tour of the UK.

Martin Alvarado will play pieces by poets and composers as well as some rarely performed music by the Godfather of tango nuevo, Astor Piazzolla.

He will sing and play guitar on Sunday, March 11, starting at 7.15pm. This is a rare opportunity to hear Martin, who is a tenor.

He performs regularly at major music festivals and venues and has won wide acclaim across Europe and in his home of Buenos Aires.

The UK concert has been organised by Lisa Cherry-Downes, of West Bridgford, the organiser of the Nottingham-based Argentine tango group L Tango Milonga. She is also Martin’s UK manager.

The concert will be followed by a short milonga — Argentine tango social dance — which non-dancers are welcome to stay and watch.

This is Martin’s fourth visit to Nottinghamshire. He first came here in May when he performed in Midnight Tango with Vincent and Flavia, from the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing show.

Lisa was so impressed with his talent when he attended one of her events and sang a few songs, she decided to organise a proper concert for him in West Bridgford in July.

That led to Lisa organising his first seven-date UK tour, with another concert in Nottingham in November. He is now on his second UK tour with nine concerts in 11 days, including his performance in Southwell.

She said: “Martin has one of the most beautiful, vibrant and emotionally engaging voices in tango I have ever heard, past or present. I had never even heard of him until May last year but I was totally knocked out the first time I heard him by the sheer quality of his talent. His live performances are mesmerising - his voice touches your heart and soul. And whereever he has sung in the UK so far, audiences have been similarly moved by his performances.

“Having already held two concerts in Nottingham for him I wanted to give people in another part of the county a chance to hear his fantastic talent.

“The superb acoustics in the Great Hall, which is a stunning venue, will be a great place to hear him.”

Martin said: “I am really looking forward to visiting England again. I love performing in the UK as the audiences have been very sensitive towards my music.

“Also it will give me a chance to see some wonderful historic places, like Southwell Minster.”

Doors open at 7pm. After the concert the milonga takes place from 8.45pm to 10.15pm.

Entry is £12 on the door or £10 in advance from the Minster Shop 01636 812933 or by e-mailing lisa.cherry-downes@ntlworld.com or call 07530 549570.

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