ANDREY GUGNIN, pianist: September, 2018

The “ASSOCIACAO DE AMIGOS DE MUSICA” is a registered, non-profit, private membership club that brings together an international group of friends of music in the Algarve. It was set up 30 years ago to support the musical activities at the now defunct Centro Cultural de São Lourenço.  Now around 100 “Amigos” share in our achievements and help us go further in our ambitions. By providing crucial support to our concert season as well as our Young Portuguese Musicians Support programme, Amigos are at the heart of our Friends of Music Club.

Since 2013 our focus has been on organising 18 regular concerts at the new venue of “Os Agostos”. This is unique amongst the Algarve`s concert venues. Situated within the stately home of Monte dos Agostos, in the hills above Sta. Barbara de Nexe, it provides a rustic and intimate space, ideal for chamber music. Artists, too, appreciate it and are inspired by this atmosphere of near “Hausmusik”.

Helga Hampton with pianist ,Paul Crossley.

Helga Hampton has been  president of the Amigos over the years. For her music is a passion and one she is passionate about sharing. She is delighted to be able to create in and for the community she has been living for more than 30 years this environment for hearing and meeting world class artists. She says: “I always look forward to the challenge of organizing a new season of concerts and to sharing events that reflect the spirit and language of music with like-minded friendly audiences.” With her international connections, built up over the years, she has been able to invite an extraordinary array of featured artists.

  • Membership includes free admission to all concerts of the season, while guests and non-members are welcome for a contribution towards costs of €25, including wine and canapés. Click “Membership”
  • Young Portuguese Musicians Support programme provides financial and emotional support for eligible music students in their further studies abroad.

For concert bookings please send an e-mail to:


Helga Hampton, President of the Amigos de Música de São Lourenço:


Telephone: (+351) 919 154 189