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Thursday, July 19, 2018


(James Grace. Pic by Val Adamson)

Acclaimed guitarist and three-time SAMA nominee James Grace plays Journey to Spain, an all-Spanish programme featuring music from Grace's forthcoming album Andaluza - Music of Spain III, at the new Highgate Wine Estate Cellar in the KZN Midlands on August 4 at 18h30.

Continuing his exploration of original and transcribed Spanish music for the guitar, James will perform Joaquin Turina's evocative Fandanguillo, one of the first works originally commissioned by and composed for Andres Segovia. Also included in the programme are a selection of works by Eduardo Sainz de la Maza, brother of Regino Sainz de la Maza who was the dedicatee of Joaquin Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez. Rodrigo also features in the programme, with the virtuosic and hauntingly beautiful Invocacion y Danza, a homage to Manuel de Falla.

For this concert and in the recording studio, Grace plays on a locally-built classical guitar by leading South African luthier Hans van den Berg. He will also perform works from his previous two Spanish albums, Granada and Sevilla - Music of Spain II, showcasing works by composers including Albeniz, Granados and Tarrega, among others. A selection of James Grace's solo albums will be on sale after the concert, including his 2017 SAMA-nominated release; Chilled.

Tickets R130. Booking is essential through or 083 417 4473 (SMS or WhatsApp) or visit

Highgate Wine Estate is situated at the intersection of the Lions River and Dargle Roads, adjacent to Piggly Wiggly.

(Book for dinner afterwards at MENU on 082 817 8796)