Cubanos en UK

  • Yes, we want to donate a big heavy concert piano to a music school in Havana! Click here for more information: www.gofundme.com/pianotocuba

    This is a benefit concert to raise money towards a project to buy a concert piano in London and send it to the 'Conservatorio Amadeo Roldán' music school in Havana.

    Saturday, 12 March 2016 from 19:30 to 21:30

    @ St John on Bethnal Green
    200 Cambridge Heath Road
    London E2 9PA
    Tube: Bethnal Green | Buses: 106, 388, D3, D6, 8, 309, 254

    Buy advance tickets here:

    £12 on the door

    Eralys Fernandez (Piano)

    Eralys Fernandez (Piano) - www.eralysfernandez.com

    Eralys studied piano at the Guillermo Tomas Music Con­servatory, the Amadeo Roldan Conservatory and the Higher Institute of Arts in Cuba. In London she completed a Masters in Advanced Performance (piano and harpsichord) at the Royal College of Music, and a post­graduate course in harpsichord at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

    Eralys’ repertoire includes early music, classical, latin jazz and flamenco. She is also an arranger and composer and in 2010 she released an album, An Afternoon in Havana, to critical acclaim. Click here to read more about Eralys Fernandez


     Omar Puente (Violin)

    Omar Puente (Violin) - www.omarpuente.com

    World class violinist with a strong reputation in the classical and jazz genres with several albums. He was first violin with the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, and toured with Buena Vista’s Ruben Gonzales. He has taught in Britain's most prestigious music colleges, as well as in Cuba,and published a university level textbook on Cuban Jazz. He is currently developing a unique strand of Jazz that is to come out in a new album.

    Since arriving in England in 1997, Omar has maintained an international profile, playing all over Europe, the USA and Africa. In England he has supported Tito Puente, Ibraham Ferrerand Omara Portundo, he has played with John Williams, Kirsty MacColl, Jools Holland and Eddie Palmieri as well as being invited to jam with many visiting Latin artists like Ruben Gonzalesand the Afro Cuban Allstars. Click here to read more about Omar Puente


    Al MacSween

    Al MacSween (Piano)-www.almacsween.com

    Al MacSween is steadily gaining a reputation for his creativity, versatility and innovative approach to the piano. His studious attitude and desire to communicate through different musical languages has led to collaborations with artists such as Omar Puente (​Rubén González​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​, Courtney Pine), Shankar Mahadevan (Shakti), Ruby Turner, Grammy award-winner Bickram Ghosh (Ravi Shankar) and a host of other international artists, including the late Abram Wilson, Claude Deppa, Tony Kofi, Pee Wee Ellis, London Community Gospel Choir, Dennis Rollins and many more.


    Beatriz Carbonell (Violin)

    Beatriz Carbonell (Violin)

    Beatriz Carbonell Granada is a passionate and creative violinist and teacher based in London. She entered the prestigious Conservatorio Superior de Musica de Aragon in Saragosse at the age of 17, completing the Bachelor degree with Pablo Suarez, leader of La Scala of Milan. In Spain she has performed at many major venues as part of both youth and professional orchestras. She has participated in masterclasses with Nicolas Chumachenco, Massimo Quarta, Catalin Bucataru and The Wihan Quartet, among others. Beatriz studied quartet with Cuarteto Quiroga, and is a member of the London based Isbilia Quartet. She completed her postgraduate level studies at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, in London, with Professor Michael Bochmann, obtaining a Distinction.


     Soo Park (Violin)

    Soo Park (Violin) - www.soo-park.com

    Soo Kyung Park was born in Seoul, Korea, and bought up in the United States until she was 7. At the age of 5 she won First Prize in a competition in Northern California. She studied at the Moscow Central Music School with Zoya Makhtina, and then at the Moscow Conservatory with Ara Bogdanyan (a pupil of David Oistrakh). Soo has performed as a soloist and a chamber musician in numerous concert venues in Moscow, and was invited by the city's mayor to the New Year's Concert in Vilnius, Lithuania. Click here to read more about Soo Park


     Nandita Bhatia (Violin)

    Nandita Bhatia (Violin)
    Nandita graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Music from King’s College London in 2009. Whilst at King's, she studied violin with Diana Cummings at The Royal Academy of Music, before gaining a Masters in Violin Performance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. During her time at college, Nandita performed in masterclasses with a number of distinguished violinists including Tasmin Little and Andrew Haveron, as well as the Wihan Quartet and Carducci Quartet, and was awarded the Charles Proctor Prize for Choral Conducting in 2014. Nandita is currently studying for a Postgraduate Artist Diploma in Violin Performance as a Trinity College London Scholar and a Trinity Laban Scholar, continuing her studies with Clare Thompson. 

    Nandita also performs regularly with her string quartet - The Camilli String Quartet - who were recent winners of the Trinity Laban John Barbirolli String Quartet Competition 2015, and were also awarded a place on the Richard Carne Chamber Mentorship Programme last year.


    Elin Parry (Viola)

    Elin Parry (Viola)
    Elin is currently working towards a Master’s Degree at Trinity Laban Conservatory of Music and Dance, studying with renowned violist Rivka Golani. During her time there she has won First Prize for the Vera Kantrovich Solo Strings Competition 2014 and twice won the John Barbirolli String Quartet Competition. She is a keen orchestral musician, playing with ensembles including the Trinity Laban String Ensemble, the London Firebird Orchestra and the International Regional Orchestra.


    Alice Sophie (Cello)

    Alice Sophie (Cello) - twitter.com/lybelle2000
    Alice Sophie is a Cellist based in London and currently undertaking her Masters Degree at Trinity College of Music and Dance.


    Organised by Eralys Fernandez & Cubanos en UK - www.cubanos.org.uk

    Cubanos en UK logo Eralys Fernandez logo

    Hosted by St John on Bethnal Green - www.stjohnonbethnalgreen.org

    bethnal green logo
    Sponsored by Sutch & Searle Shipping (Heathrow) Ltd - www.sutchandsearle.co.uk

    sss logo
    Supported by:

    Sambroso - www.sambroso.co.uk

    sambroso logo

    Cuba Holidays - cubaholidays.co.uk (020 7644 1600)

    cuba logo holidays

    The Prisma - The Multicultural Newspaper - www.theprisma.co.uk

    The Prisma newspaper logo

    For more information email: Cubanos en UK         

  • Send a piano to cuba video

    Yes, we want to donate a big heavy concert piano to a music school in Havana! Click here for more information: www.gofundme.com/pianotocuba

    This is a benefit concert to raise money towards a project to buy a concert piano in London and send it to the 'Conservatorio Amadeo Roldán' music school in Havana.

    Saturday, 12 March 2016 from 19:30 to 21:30

    @ St John on Bethnal Green
    200 Cambridge Heath Road
    London E2 9PA
    Tube: Bethnal Green | Buses: 106, 388, D3, D6, 8, 309, 254

    Buy advance tickets here: www.piano2cuba.eventbrite.co.uk

    £12 on the door

    Eralys Fernandez (Piano)

    Eralys Fernandez (Piano) - www.eralysfernandez.com

    Eralys studied piano at the Guillermo Tomas Music Con­servatory, the Amadeo Roldan Conservatory and the Higher Institute of Arts in Cuba. In London she completed a Masters in Advanced Performance (piano and harpsichord) at the Royal College of Music, and a post­graduate course in harpsichord at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

    Eralys’ repertoire includes early music, classical, latin jazz and flamenco. She is also an arranger and composer and in 2010 she released an album, An Afternoon in Havana, to critical acclaim. Click here to read more about Eralys Fernandez


     Omar Puente (Violin)

    Omar Puente (Violin) - www.omarpuente.com

    World class violinist with a strong reputation in the classical and jazz genres with several albums. He was first violin with the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, and toured with Buena Vista’s Ruben Gonzales. He has taught in Britain's most prestigious music colleges, as well as in Cuba,and published a university level textbook on Cuban Jazz. He is currently developing a unique strand of Jazz that is to come out in a new album.

    Since arriving in England in 1997, Omar has maintained an international profile, playing all over Europe, the USA and Africa. In England he has supported Tito Puente, Ibraham Ferrerand Omara Portundo, he has played with John Williams, Kirsty MacColl, Jools Holland and Eddie Palmieri as well as being invited to jam with many visiting Latin artists like Ruben Gonzalesand the Afro Cuban Allstars. Click here to read more about Omar Puente


    Al MacSween

    Al MacSween (Piano)-www.almacsween.com

    Al MacSween is steadily gaining a reputation for his creativity, versatility and innovative approach to the piano. His studious attitude and desire to communicate through different musical languages has led to collaborations with artists such as Omar Puente (​Rubén González​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​, Courtney Pine), Shankar Mahadevan (Shakti), Ruby Turner, Grammy award-winner Bickram Ghosh (Ravi Shankar) and a host of other international artists, including the late Abram Wilson, Claude Deppa, Tony Kofi, Pee Wee Ellis, London Community Gospel Choir, Dennis Rollins and many more.


    Beatriz Carbonell (Violin)

    Beatriz Carbonell (Violin)

    Beatriz Carbonell Granada is a passionate and creative violinist and teacher based in London. She entered the prestigious Conservatorio Superior de Musica de Aragon in Saragosse at the age of 17, completing the Bachelor degree with Pablo Suarez, leader of La Scala of Milan. In Spain she has performed at many major venues as part of both youth and professional orchestras. She has participated in masterclasses with Nicolas Chumachenco, Massimo Quarta, Catalin Bucataru and The Wihan Quartet, among others. Beatriz studied quartet with Cuarteto Quiroga, and is a member of the London based Isbilia Quartet. She completed her postgraduate level studies at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, in London, with Professor Michael Bochmann, obtaining a Distinction.


     Soo Park (Violin)

    Soo Park (Violin) - www.soo-park.com

    Soo Kyung Park was born in Seoul, Korea, and bought up in the United States until she was 7. At the age of 5 she won First Prize in a competition in Northern California. She studied at the Moscow Central Music School with Zoya Makhtina, and then at the Moscow Conservatory with Ara Bogdanyan (a pupil of David Oistrakh). Soo has performed as a soloist and a chamber musician in numerous concert venues in Moscow, and was invited by the city's mayor to the New Year's Concert in Vilnius, Lithuania. Click here to read more about Soo Park


     Nandita Bhatia (Violin)

    Nandita Bhatia (Violin)
    Nandita graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Music from King’s College London in 2009. Whilst at King's, she studied violin with Diana Cummings at The Royal Academy of Music, before gaining a Masters in Violin Performance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. During her time at college, Nandita performed in masterclasses with a number of distinguished violinists including Tasmin Little and Andrew Haveron, as well as the Wihan Quartet and Carducci Quartet, and was awarded the Charles Proctor Prize for Choral Conducting in 2014. Nandita is currently studying for a Postgraduate Artist Diploma in Violin Performance as a Trinity College London Scholar and a Trinity Laban Scholar, continuing her studies with Clare Thompson. 

    Nandita also performs regularly with her string quartet - The Camilli String Quartet - who were recent winners of the Trinity Laban John Barbirolli String Quartet Competition 2015, and were also awarded a place on the Richard Carne Chamber Mentorship Programme last year.


    Elin Parry (Viola)

    Elin Parry (Viola)
    Elin is currently working towards a Master’s Degree at Trinity Laban Conservatory of Music and Dance, studying with renowned violist Rivka Golani. During her time there she has won First Prize for the Vera Kantrovich Solo Strings Competition 2014 and twice won the John Barbirolli String Quartet Competition. She is a keen orchestral musician, playing with ensembles including the Trinity Laban String Ensemble, the London Firebird Orchestra and the International Regional Orchestra.


    Alice Sophie (Cello)

    Alice Sophie (Cello) - twitter.com/lybelle2000
    Alice Sophie is a Cellist based in London and currently undertaking her Masters Degree at Trinity College of Music and Dance.


    Organised by Eralys Fernandez & Cubanos en UK - www.cubanos.org.uk

    Cubanos en UK logo Eralys Fernandez logo

    Hosted by St John on Bethnal Green - www.stjohnonbethnalgreen.org

    bethnal green logo
    Sponsored by Sutch & Searle Shipping (Heathrow) Ltd - www.sutchandsearle.co.uk

    sss logo
    Supported by:

    Sambroso - www.sambroso.co.uk

    sambroso logo

    Cuba Holidays - cubaholidays.co.uk (020 7644 1600)

    cuba logo holidays

    The Prisma - The Multicultural Newspaper - www.theprisma.co.uk

    The Prisma newspaper logo

    For more information email: Cubanos en UK

              

  • El Cuba libre manchester1

    Por Daniesky Acosta*.- La cubana María Victoria y su esposainglés Geoff Oliver son los propietarios del restaurante “El Cuba Libre”, ubicado en Hyde ciudad de Manchester, Inglaterra. El restaurante esta decorado con imágenes de Cuba y se ofertan de deliciosas comidas criollas, además lleva más de 15 años prestando sus servicios a los vecinos de la comunidad y turistas que lo visitan.

    Pero recientemente para sorpresa de MaríaGeoff en diciembre del pasado año fueron visitados, primero por un oficial de la policía y luego por inspectores, quienes les advirtieron que si no retiraban la bandera de Cuba con la imagen del Che Guevara de una de las ventanas del restaurante, serian sometidos a una investigación criminal y posiblemente le retirarían su licencia. La advertencia fue basada en una supuesta queja que alguien hizo a la policía alegando que se trataba de una imagen de un “terrorista”.

    El Cuba libre manchester0

    Esa bandera ha estado ahí durante años- aseguro María - nunca nadie se ha quejado e incluso algunos visitantes se toman fotos con la bandera, la cual es nuestro símbolo patrio, quitar la bandera seria como quitarme a mi mismas; bajo esta amenaza nos dice: - estaba dispuesta a no quitarla aunque hubiese terminado en la policía.

    Después del incidente MaríaGeoff decidieron quejarse a los representantes en el Concejo Municipal y comunicarlo a los medios de presa para denunciar lo que consideran una violación de sus derechos.

    María continúa contando: - varios medios reprodujeron la noticia y ha sido grande el apoyo que hemos recibido de los clientes y amigos de Cuba, la gente me ve en la calle y me felicita por negarme a retirar la bandera y me dicen: -¡pongan más banderas! El apoyo ha sido tremendo me han escrito desde todas partes. 

    El pasado 9 de febrero a petición de nuestros clientes y amigos convocamos a una fiesta en el restaurante, y le pedimos todos los asistentes vestir una camiseta con la imagen del Che.

    El Cuba libre manchester2

    Ofrecimos comida gratis ese día y la gente disfruto muchísimo e hizo donaciones y en total recaudamos £640para comprar instrumentos de música y piezas de repuesto para el Conservatorio Guillermo Tomás en Guanabacoa, La Habana y otras escuelas de música de Cuba.

    Hasta el momento no han vuelto a molestarnos, pero lo mínimo que pudieran hacer es dar una disculpa a todos los cubanos que vivimos aquí. La bandera seguirá ahí y yo no renunciaré a mis principios, y aquellos que me critican solo quiero dejarles esta frase del Che.

    En la tierra hace falta personas que trabajen más y critiquen menos, que construyan más y destruyan menos, que prometan menos y resuelvan más, que esperen recibir menos y dar más, que digan mejor ahora que mañana”.

     El Cuba libre manchester

    *Daniesky Acosta, miembro de la dirección Cubanos en UK.

  • Ana Teresita Gonzalez Fraga uk

    Por Miriam Palacios

    Recepción en la residencia de la Excelentísima Teresita Vicente Sotolongo, Embajadora de la Republica de Cuba en el Reino Unido, en ocasión de la visita de la Vice-Ministra del Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores de Cuba, la excelentísima Ana Teresita González Fraga. Luego de ofrecer a los invitados su agradecimiento por los avances obtenidos en las conversaciones y convenios bilaterales de ambos países en áreas del comercio, las finanzas, la cultura, las relaciones académicas, etc. se dirigió a la representación de cubanos residentes en este país. En sus palabras se refirió a las oportunidades que tenemos de ejercer nuestros derechos civiles condenando la aplicación extraterritorial del bloqueo económico, financiero y comercial de los Estados Unidos de América que afectan a todas las familias cubanas. Además, transmitió el sentir de nuestro pueblo por el papel que jugamos, dondequiera que estemos en defender la patria que juntos queremos construir: una sociedad justa y que progrese en un modelo económico sostenible. Se refirió además, a las posibilidades que se han ofrecido a los cubanos residentes en el exterior de participar en la discusión de nuestra nueva Constitución www.nacionyemigracion.cu, en un proceso en el que participa democráticamente todo el pueblo cubano.

     

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