I was excited to be going to my first YTI social event. A small group of us met for pre-concert drinks in the Spread Eagle pub only a short walk away from the National Centre for Early Music (NCEM).
This was my first visit to the NCEM and I was struck by the tasteful adaptation of St Margaret’s Church as a venue for world-class music.
Flamenco guitarists Juan Martín and Chaparro de Málaga were playing at this beautiful York venue as part of their Two Guitarras Malagueñas tour. Juan Martìn is a renowned Flamenco guitarist and composer who has teamed up with virtuosic and prize-winning guitarist Chaparro de Málaga.
It was a joy to see such great communication between the two musicians as they interpreted a mixture of magical and reflective numbers interspersed with more vibrant and energising music. Some of the pieces were based on traditional melodies while others were Juan Martín’s original compositions. They took inspiration from the conventional Andalucian style as well as featuring influences from Moorish culture and Galician melodies. However, all of the pieces evoked the colour and feeling that Flamenco music is so famous for. My personal favourite was a piece that was more improvisational in style, as it really showcased the players’ skills and musical dialogue.
During the interval there was time to catch up with other members of YTI, to discuss both the music and the world of translation.
Everyone commented on how great the performance was. I left the concert feeling positively energised, having learnt a little about Flamenco music as well as having had the chance to meet and share experiences with fellow translators and interpreters.