Newsletter, December 2016

Published: December 4, 2016

To all Amigos/as

From Helga Hampton

December 4, 2016           

Dear Amigos,

Advent Greetings !

It is the Christmas month and the Amigos 2016/17 season is coming up to half-time ! We can already look back to three months of music-making at Os Agostos during which amazing artists gave us six concert evenings. Unforgettable Charles Owen in September, the endearing Caminus Duo in October and who will not have a smiling face recalling Craig Ogden’s evenings in November? And here I come with the joyful announcement of the December series with “our” Ana Beatriz Ferreira.


Beatriz, who has been the Amigos’ protegee for the last five years during her studies at the London Royal College of Music, is coming to us as our featured December artist. She is now a fully-fledged concert pianist, after graduating with a Masters in Performing Arts with Distinction, and in demand internationally. She performed the Joly Braga Santos Piano Concerto at St. James Piccadilly on November 18th to great acclaim and immediately flew to Canada where she played in Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec. And now Os Agostos !


On Tuesday, December 13th she will be performing works by Beethoven (Pathetique), Vianna da Motta, Debussy and Prokofiev and on Thursday, December 15th Beethoven’s Waldstein, Liszt, Lopes Graca and Bontempo. What a varied programme to thank the Amigos and doubtless impress, too.


Please make your reservations as usual with Cristina or Tel. 91 4797980.

The routine also as usual: gates open at 18:00, drinks at 18:30 and concert begin at 19:00. I look forward to greeting you at Os Agostos.


You may have noticed a change in our concert scheduling. December concerts are replacing February concerts for the simple reason of temperature – the auditorium is easier to heat while the walls are still summer-warm, while February is recuperating from the winter. We shall recommence our activities in March and I shall give you here a summary of the goodies planned for the rest of the 2016-17 season for your new agendas:


March 14 and 16, 2017                        Holger Groschopp, piano and Adele Bitter, cello              

April 11 and 13, 2017                        Lucy Parham, piano and Henry Goodman, actor                       

May 16 and 18, 2017                        Bernd Glemser, piano                                                                       

June 20 and 22, 2017                        Alissa Firsova, piano, Tim Hugh, cello and

                                                Andrew Marriner, clarinet

Goodies galore !

Please remember, all our artists can be googled, and our website is always updated so that you can also follow our plans on and delve into our archive for further information.


Let me take this opportunity to welcome 2 new Amigas in our midst: Lorna Llewellyn and Morag McLean joined us recently and I look forward to introducing them around at one of the next concert evenings.


All that remains for me now is to wish you a harmonious holiday season wherever you may celebrate Christmas and see in the New Year. May 2017 bring us fewer surprises worldwide and manage soon to re-establish reason and a more balanced equilibrium. How lucky we are here in the most beautiful corner of Europe, which some-times appears to me to be forgotten in all the madness…..Thank goodness !




Helga Hampton

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