About the Peña Flamenca de Londres
The Peña Flamenca de Londres was founded in 1984. In Spain a peña flamenca exists to promote a good standard of flamenco performance at a reasonable price in a friendly atmosphere, in contrast to the tablaos which are more commercial. The Peña Flamenca de Londres recreates this tradition in the heart of Pimlico, meeting at the very well appointed Hall of the Church of the Holy Apostles.
Meetings are usually on the second Sunday of each month except August, and are open to members and non-members. Most shows feature professional dancers, but at least three meetings per year are ‘juergas’, where anyone can apply to the Event Co-ordinator to perform, whether students in class groups or solo, new performers taking their first steps on the public stage, or professionals trying out a new work. Non-members pay a small performance fee instead of the ticket price.
Resident UK professional artists who are regulars at the peña include dancers such as Felipe de Algeciras, Carmela Romero, Juanita Jimenez, Anita la Maltesa, Maribel la Manchega, Talia Cohen and Nicolia Morris (who went on to join Israel Galván’s dance company in Seville). Regular guitarists include Angus Cruickshank, Mario Basilisco, Ramón Ruíz, Ángel, Chris Mullet, Tito Heredia and Tony el Despeinao. Our singers include Jasmin Villalobos, Manuel de Cádiz, Fernando Reyes, Olayo Jimenez and Modesto Rodriguez. Visiting artists from Spain have included the singer Miguel Poveda, the La Unión prize winner, who performed with his guitarist Chicuelo. Dancers who have performed at the peña include Ángela Granados, El Titi, David Romero and Juan Polvillo; also well-known flamenco groups such as Duende de Jerez, featuring the dancer Ana María Blanco and Leo Molina’s Grupo Maya de Granada.
The Peña Flamenca de Londres publishes its own magazine, 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.
The Peña Flamenca de Londres is run by an elected committee of volunteers
Peña Flamenca de Londres Constitution
The Constitution of the Peña Flamenca de Londres was updated in 1991 and a copy can be found here.