About our Speakers & Artists / Sobre nuestros conferenciantes y artistas

Sobre nuestros conferenciantes y artistas



I am a Flamenco Guitarist based in Bristol. I perform a dynamic blend of jazz and classical influences. My TV work, particularly my performances on “Waking the Dead”, and my recordings have both been received very well.

Since visiting Granada in 1984, I have been involved in learning, performing, composing and teaching flamenco. While flamenco has remained my principle focus in music, I am also a typical 20th Century/early 21st Century eclectic and I have dipped my toes into folk, samba, Italian, Jewish and modern dance music.

In the late nineties, I completed a degree in music at Bath Spa University College, where I studied contemporary classical guitar and composition. I then continued these studies via an MA and currently teach at Bath University as well as at various other institutions.


Malcolm nació en Ilfracombe, Devon, cursó la enseñanza secundaria en Somerset y estudió Historia en la Universidad de Sussex, seguido de un año en la Universidad de Exeter para obtener un PGCE. Aparte de esto, Malcolm ha realizado una gran variedad de cursos para la enseñanza de idiomas y de baile. Entre los idiomas que Malcolm maneja y enseña se encuentran el español, el francés, el italiano, el portugués y el checo. En cuanto al baile, Malcolm ha tomado parte en varios cursos de flamenco en España y en el Reino Unido y desde hace varios años también enseña flamenco, baile contemporáneo y ballet.

Malcolm tiene múltiples intereses, entre los que se encuentran los viajes, la literatura, la música, el cine, el teatro, la historia, el arte, la natación y el ciclismo.



Fernando Cervantes was born in Mexico City and first came to England in 1972 as a schoolboy with his parents and siblings. He eagerly went back to Mexico with the whole family in 1977 – as, he imagines, any teenager who experienced London in the bleak 1970s would have done – but found that getting into University there required a lot of re-validation. Since he had a place in Oxford, he reluctantly returned to England in 1978 after heeding the advice of many friends that an Oxford degree would not face the same difficulties. Some of them also warned him about the dangers of falling in love with an English girl. At the time he could not imagine this happening, but it did. The girl’s name was (is) Annabelle. He went back to Mexico in 1981 and tried to persuade Annabelle to join him, but then the peso devalued and the country went into a serious economic crisis. After a period in business, which he was completely hopeless at, and then a couple of years at El Colegio de México, he returned to the UK to do a PhD in Cambridge. He then spent a year in London as a Research Fellow and has been in Bristol since 1990 trying to teach history.

Fernando Cervantes is a historian of early modern Europe specialising in the intellectual and religious history of early modern Spain and Spanish America. His new book, Conquistadores, will be published by Allen Lane in 2019. Longer term projects include a study of the literary imagination of early modern Europe that seeks to place the works of Montaigne, Cervantes and Shakespeare in the wider context of early modern humanism and the epistemological crisis of the early seventeenth century.



Andrew Oldroyd is one of Tango West’s principal directors and teachers. Tango West was founded in 1998 at a time when there was relatively little Argentinian Tango outside London. It was instrumental in bringing Tango to Bristol and much of the surrounding area.

Andrew has studied extensively in the UK, Europe and Buenos Aires with great maestros, and he has many years of experience and a reputation for providing a very solid foundation in the basic principles of Argentine Tango in Bristol. His inspiration is the social dancing of the great Milongueros of Buenos Aires, whose style of dancing is rarely taught outside of Argentina.


Liesbeth Bennett has a background in ballet and has spent many years on and off in Buenos Aires doing a lot of social dancing in the traditional Milongas.



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