Celebrating its 100 anniversary, the Musical Association of Friends of Art of Pamplona took their love of ancient musicians to the streets, offering free concerts around Spain.
The centennial performances travel from one city to the next as musicians carry their woodwinds and stringed instruments, both plectrum and key, spreading their love of culture and history from San Jorge to Mendillorri, Iturrama to Rotxapea and Casco Viejo.
Additionally, the company plans to celebrate its 100th year by performing with other musical groups which have helped form the band of artists throughout its history. Comparsa de Gigantes de la Rotzapea and the Errotzapeako Dantza Taldea will be among the many to join the Musical Association to kick off the birthday celebrations in Civivox San Jorge on Saturday.
Since its foundation in Pamplona in 1918, the musical group has taught hundreds to play ancient instruments such as the lute, the bandurria, and the mandolin, skills which have teetered more than once on the edge of extinction.
Bulking up its support, what began as a small band of players has grown to a full-sized orchestra, holding courses, providing a strong platform for world-renowned artists, as well as touring the nation and performing in Valencia, Barcelona, Valladolid, and Cordoba among others.
The organization is dedicated to classical, medieval and baroque music and, with a hundred years-worth of support behind their name, claims to be one of the best musical groups in the country, within its discipline.
The group has continued to receive funding from the state in recognition of its cultural and historical worth as well as from its members and students that have entered into the world of renaissance music.
Members of the Los Amigos del Arte.