Peña Flamenca de Londres
The Peña Flamenca de Londres is the UK’s largest flamenco club, founded in 1984. We operate like a peña flamenca in Spain to promote flamenco in a friendly club atmosphere. The peña puts on shows most months of the year at the Church Hall of the Holy Apostles on Cumberland Street in Pimlico. Shows are open to members and non-members. Our President is the world-famous flamenco guitarist Paco Peña.
We feature the best flamenco artists from Spain and the UK (see below). Most shows are professional but twice a year we have ‘juergas’, where anyone can apply to our events co-ordinator to perform. We also host the Feria de Abril de Londres each year in partnership with Ilusión Flamenco which is just like the feria in Seville, with sevillanas dancing all afternoon!
We also launched the first flamenco dance prize in the UK, The Ron Hitchins Prize for Flamenco Dance, a bursary which we award to up-and-coming flamenco dancers.
The Peña Flamenca de Londres publishes Flamenco News three times a year. Full of news, reviews and articles of interest to anyone enthusiastic about flamenco, it is free to members and is on sale at our monthly meetings and at El Mundo Flamenco shop on Duke Street just off Oxford St. The Constitution of the Peña is here.
The Peña Flamenca de Londres is run a committee of volunteers:
Flamenco at the Peña
Peña Flamenca de Londres features the best flamenco artists from Spain and the UK. Most of our events are professional shows. We also hold juerga shows where students can perform alongside professionals in a friendly atmosphere like any peña in Spain.
Visiting flamenco artists from Spain in the past who have performed at the peña have included major names, including celebrity flamenco singer Miguel Poveda, who performed with the renowned guitarist Chicuelo. Major guitarists we have featured include Águstin Carbonell ‘El Bola’, who is the nephew of the great flamenco guitarist Sabicas and the UK based guitarist Juan Martín. From Granada we have featured guitarists Emilio Maya and Manuel Carvajal and well as Marcial Heredia, with his sister, the singer Chonchi Heredia. We often partner with Flamenco Express who has brought great singers to the Peña, such as Antonio ‘El Pola’. Notable dancers who have performed at the Peña include Sara Sánchez, Ángela Granados, Titi Flores, David Romero, Ana María Blanco, Álvaro Guarnido, Victor Fernández, Juan Polvillo and Manuel Liñan (with Group Maya) and Ana Cali (also part of Group Maya).
We also have great flamenco artists resident here in the UK who are regulars at the peña, including dancers such as Jesús Olmedo, Felipe de Algeciras, Carmela Romero, Lola Rueda, Anita la Maltesa, Ángela Alonso, Natalia García Huidobro, Noelia Valdés, Carlos Otero, Lola Rueda, Sam Quy, Lourdes Fernández, Talia Cohen and many more. Regular guitarists include Angus Cruickshank, Mario Basilisco, Ramón Ruíz, Tito Heredia, Jorge Bravo, Jingle, Adrián Solá and Tony el Despeinao. Our regular singers include Jasmin Villalobos, Abraham, Leo Power, Manuel de la Malena, Manuel de Cádiz, Fernando de Tottenham, Javier Macías, Ulises, Lola Rueda, Julio López, Carlos Lobo and Olayo Jiménez. Sometimes we feature world music and jazz-flamenco artists, with guests such as singers Yasmin Levy, Jacqui Dankworth, the guitarist Zayn Mohammed and the jazz pianist Johnny Crawford.
Finally a word for London based flamenco greats we have lost over the years who put so much into the Pena’s early success: El Niño Leon (Lionel Basilisco), Ron Hitchins, Willy Basilisco, Rogelio de Malaga, Rafael de Córdoba, El Osito, Felipe Rompesillas, Angel (Andy) Pino, Antonio Navarro, Mauricio and much missed former co-president, Maribel la Manchega.