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Karime Amaya in Gala Flamenco at Sadler's Wells Flamenco Festival, (c) Carole Edrich 2015

Karime Amaya in Gala Flamenco at Sadler’s Wells Flamenco Festival, (c) Carole Edrich 2015

I decided to use the word sedulous after reading it in a Lord Peter Wimsey novel. A sedulous individual is one diligent in application or attention, one who is persevering or assiduous. Certainly anyone who is able to perform flamenco to the extent that they can control their bata de cola so beautifully while maintaining a perfect Alegrias compas must have been assiduous in learning flamenco, as well as sedulous towards their stage performance. If I was grand daughter of the great Carmen Amaya, the pressure of living up to family history while developing a style of my own would be considerable so I would have approached my flamenco sedulously too.

Antonio Canales in Gala Flamenco at Sadler's Wells Flamenco Festival, (c) Carole Edrich 2015

Antonio Canales in Gala Flamenco at Sadler’s Wells Flamenco Festival, (c) Carole Edrich 2015

Both of these images are from Gala Flamenco, the opening performance of Sadler’s Wells Flamenco Festival 2015. As well as the gorgeous Alegrias (top shot), the Gala included a superb Solea, a stunning Seguiriya and hilarious variations on various themes from Antonio Canales who also used his voice to great effect. It was a wonderful opening night and I’m looking forward to finding out which, if any, of the other festival performances can top it.