At that time, it was the most important town in the Algarve, and at the centre of Portugal´s efforts at crusading conquest in Morocco. Until after the French invasions, Tavira was the biggest town in the Algarve; it was the seat of the Governor, and it had new barracks. And so it is easy to appreciate that its Christian citizens would prove their faith by building more churches. But how many are there? It is often said that Tavira has over thirty churches, and the booklet on the churches, which was produced by the Câmara, shows only twenty-one, yet nowhere has Peter found a definition of what they mean first, by Tavira, and second, by the word churches. In this presentation, Peter Booker makes his own definitions, does a count and comes up with some surprising answers.
(Please note that the planned presentation by Sculptor, Robert Schad, has been postponed until August. )
Concert at Quintinha da Música (Covas da Prata near Tavira) on Sunday 27 January at 16h00 with pianist Nikola Meeuwsen. Nikola has recently won the Concertgebouw Young Talent award. Nikola Meeuwsen is an exceptional piano talent that we like to stimulate and give the space to reach full maturity. I am delighted to have awarded the Concertgebouw Young Talent Award to Nikola because he has the talent, ambition and motivation to be among the best in his field, predicts Simon Reinink, managing director of Het Concertgebouw. In 2014 Nikola had already won the Royal Concertgebouw Competition and in 2012 the Steinway Competition. Nikola also appeared on Dutch TV on Sunday 13 January. In our recital, he will be playing music by Franz Schubert, Robert Schumann, Frédéric Chopin, Pyotr Tchaidowski and Alexander Scriabin. Nikola Meeuwsen gives concerts at home and abroad; recently he performed with the Residentie Orkest in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, and he has also given solo recitals in Milan, Bologna, Trieste, Faro and Imola. He played chamber music with the Matangi Quartet, violinist Alexander Kerr and viola player Vladimir Mendelssohn, and plays duos with other pianists Igor Roma, Anna Fedorova and Thomas Beijer. Nikola Meeuwsen is a regular guest at festivals. He has played in the Storioni Festival, the Chamber Music Festival Schiermonnikoog, the International Chamber Music Festival Ede, Festival Classique and in the new festival Classical NOW! Nikola studies with Marlies van Gent at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague. Since 2015 he has also had monthly lessons with Enrico Pace at the prestigious Accademia Pianistica di Imola. Nikola has undertaken master classes with Jacques Rouvier, Pavel Gililov, Matti Raekallio, Ruth Nye, Edith Fischer, Jerome Rose and Dominique Merlet.Horowitz, His favourite pianists are Schnabel, Sofronitsky, Cziffra, Rubinstein, Lipatti, Sokolov, Pogorelich, Volodos and Glenn Gould.
Tickets cost €25 and can be obtained from:
Nikola Meeuwsen