Monday, February 18   Sign in or Register
Evangelical Focus
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Google +
  • Instagram
  • Soundcloud

Newsletter, sign up to receive all our News by email.

Bible literacy
How often do you read the Bible?



Valladolid (Spain)

Musical tribute to the Spanish ‘heretics’

The Ensemble Bohórquez recounted the history of salvation through the pieces of classical Protestant composers. The concert took place in Valladolid, a key Spanish city in the times of the Reformation.

SOURCES Protestante Digital AUTHOR X. Manuel Suárez VALLADOLID 19 APRIL 2017 16:22 h GMT+1
Patricia Cayuela and Flor Lago during the concert. / Juan Pablo Serrano

The Spanish city of Valladolid hosted a benefit concert, as part of the events that the evangelical churches of that city are organising to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.

The event linked music with solidarity. Representatives from several NGOs showed their activities and historian Evangelina Sierra, a member of the 500th Anniversary celebrations comitee in Spain, presented the concert by Ensemble Bohórquez.

This classical chamber music group is formed by musicians with an evangelical faith. The group is named after a young Reformed martyr in Seville, whose commitment to her faith led her to the bonfire.

It was exciting to hear again the Protestant voice, this time in the form of music, in the Church of Salvador (the Saviour), where Doctor Cazalla, a Protestant pioneer, preached five centuries ago.



The recital covered the history of salvation preached by classical Protestant composers, beginning with the annunciation of the birth of Jesus, his suffering and death and the security that His resurrection gives us, to end up feeling his loving care for us.


Many attended the concert in the Church of the Saviour, in Valladolid. / J. P. Serrano

Instrumental pieces by G. F. Haendel were performed, along with an oboe-length by G. P. Telemann, which showed the splendid sonority of the church.

These compositions were alternated with J. S. Bach pieces in which the voices gained prominence. The audience was touched by the interpretations of the soprano Patricia Cayuela and the contralto Flor Lago.

“Erbarme dich” ("Have mercy"), beautifully interpreted by Flor's dramatic register, or the exultant security that we receive from the brilliant voice of Patricia interpreting “I know that my Redeemer liveth”, a text that we find in the last words of many of our ancestors, were among the pieces perfomed.



The musical director, Carla Suárez, designed a concert with a careful balance between the content and the musical performance.

Certainly, the technical quality of the Ensemble and the voices involved were wonderful, as the audience acknowledged with their applause, but their performance had an added value, which is not easy to find in other concerts. Interpreters not only reproduced notes and words, but they also deeply believed the truths that those pieces brought, and that was transmitted eloquently.


The audience enjoyed the concert. / J. P. Serrano

Patricia and Flor had never sung together, but their connection was easy and quick; while one was acting, the other was praying for her.

It is thus easy to understand that when both sang with the orchestra “So ist mein Jesus nun gefangen” (“So my Jesus is captured"), the union between them, together with the orchestra, was perfect and filled everyone's hearts with harmony.



The final piece was "Finland" of J. Sibelius, which all evangelicals identify with the lyrics of "I Rest in You." It reflects the peace and security that Jesus brought to our lives.

Of course, the concert ended by singing "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God", by Martin Luther. Valladolid heard the voice of the Reformation again.


The Ensemble Bohórquez. / J. P. Serrano

The mother of Clara, who plays the transverse flute, told her before starting the performance: "You will go up there to honor the memory of your ancestors, who paid such a high price for their faith."

We are witnesses that she and her companions did so, with true excellence, for the glory of God.




    If you want to comment, or


YOUR ARE AT: - - Musical tribute to the Spanish ‘heretics’
Julia Doxat-Purser: 25 years of EEA office in Brussels Julia Doxat-Purser: 25 years of EEA office in Brussels

An interview with the socio-political representative of the European Evangelical Alliance about how evangelical Christians work at the heart of the European Union.

Lars Dahle: Nominal Christianity, a mission field for the church Lars Dahle: Nominal Christianity, a mission field for the church

An interview with Lars Dahle, of the Steering Committee of the Lausanne Movement Global Consultation on Nominal Christianity held in Rome.

Michael Ramsden: Communicating the Gospel in today’s societies Michael Ramsden: Communicating the Gospel in today’s societies

RZIM International Director Michael Ramsden responds to questions about the secularisation of Europe, the role of Christians in public leadership and the new ‘culture of victimism’.

Bulgaria: Evangelicals ask government to protect religious minorities Bulgaria: Evangelicals ask government to protect religious minorities

Christians rallied in Sofia on November 18 to defend their rights. It is the second Sunday of peaceful demonstrations against a new religion draft law that could severely restrict religious freedom and rights of minority faith confessions.

Photos: #WalkForFreedom Photos: #WalkForFreedom

Abolitionists marched through 400 cities in 51 countries. Pictures from Valencia (Spain), October 20.

Photos: Reaching people with disabilities Photos: Reaching people with disabilities

Seminars, an arts exhibition, discussion and testimonies. The European Disability Network met in Tallinn.

In the workshop of cartoonist Alain Auderset In the workshop of cartoonist Alain Auderset

The Swiss-Spanish artist and Evangelical Focus author speaks about how he relates work and faith.

Can science explain everything? Can science explain everything?

A debate about science and faith between Oxford Emeritus Professor of Mathematics John Lennox and Oxford Emeritus Professor in Chemistry Peter Atkins. Moderated by journalist Justin Brierley.

The gospel in East Ukraine's prisons The gospel in East Ukraine's prisons

Many are coming to Christ in some of the toughest prisons in this troubled part of the country.

Follow us on Soundcloud
Follow us on YouTube

EVANGELICAL FOCUS belongs to Areópago Protestante, linked to the Spanish Evangelical Alliance (AEE). AEE is member of the European
Evangelical Alliance and World Evangelical Alliance.

Opinions expressed are those of their respective contributors and do not necessarily represent the views of Evangelical Focus.