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Police shut down Raffy's family quartet performance

April 28, 2020

It has been a period of contemplation, working on technique and learning new pieces. The only chamber music being possible is within the family, which brings us to the next item:
Raffy has been doing a series of driveway concerts in his street in West London, however the 5th and final one was closed down after a police raid during Shostakovich’s Fourth Quartet. This is the subject of a Telegraph article and “The Strad” front page.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/04/29/classical-music-concert-put-family-shutdown/

https://www.thestrad.com/news/police-question-string-quartet-on-london-street/10563.article

https://www.classicfm.com/music-news/coronavirus/police-intervene-string-quartet-street-performance/

Welcome Alice, our new manager

April 25, 2020

The Quartet is delighted to announce that it is now working with a new manager, Alice O’Reilly, formerly of Harrison Parrott, who will bring a new broom to Allegri affairs! She may contacted at alice.oreilly@yahoo.fr

COVID-19 - Cancellations

March 31, 2020

Sadly, all of the Quartet’s upcoming concerts until September have been cancelled due to the virus. Raffy was ill with it for 2 weeks but has now recovered, and there is a strong possibility of Dot and Martyn having had it as well.
The virus has been particularly cruel to the musical fraternity, as all performing activities, (concerts, sessions, coaching) have been suspended. Teaching is still possible by video link, and this can be done highly effectively. Not particularly easy for quartet coaching due to time lags!

'In Tune' programme - 3rd Feb 2020

February 03, 2020

We played live on Radio 3's 'In Tune' programme on Monday and chatted with Katie Derham about our forthcoming performance at Kings Place as part of the London Chamber Music Society. Joseph Shiner (clarinet) joined us for a performance of the second movt. of Mozart's Clarinet Quintet and the 2nd Movt, of Bliss's Clarinet Quintet. We also performed the first movement of Beethoven's Opus 95 'Serioso' Quartet. 

Menton Festival Review

August 05, 2019

"Founded in 1953 by violinist Eli Goren and cellist William Pleeth, the Allegri Quartet is Britain’s longest-running chamber ensemble. This rich history has bestowed upon the group a wonderfully homogenous and mellow sonority, as well as a remarkable consistency in their interpretative approach.  Like all great string quartets, the Allegri are able to seamlessly shift between playing as four soloists, each with their own style, and as a unified ensemble."

Read the full review here; 

http://www.classicagenda.fr/allegri-quartet-at-the-menton-festival/

Menton Festival

June 30, 2019

We are looking forward to performing a series of concerts at this year's Menton Festival. We will be performing two programmes in the Salon de Grande Bretagne of the Palais de l’Europe on Tues 30th July and Thursday 1st August. We will also be performing a concert for the local community (free entry) on Wednesday 31st July. 

Named Associate Artists with Southbank Sinfonia

April 30, 2017

We are delighted to continue our relationship with Southbank Sinfonia and are delighted to have been officially titled as Associate Artists of the orchestra. We will be working with the players on chamber music repertoire as they prepare for performances, taking orchestra sectional rehearsals, performing alongside the players and performing concerts at their annual festival in Anghiari, Italy. After several seasons of working with Southbank Sinfonia we are thrilled to cement our involvement with the orchestra for the foreseeable future. 

Evening Standard review from our Kings Place concert

May 01, 2017

Allegri Quartet, classical review: The finest of ensembles

 

EVENING STANDARD ARTS  - 4 STARS

The Allegri Quartet's performance was appreciated by their super-attentive audience, writes Barry Millington.

The Allegri Quartet can claim to be Britain’s longest established chamber group. True, the founders, Eli Goren and William Pleeth, are no longer with us, but the present-day line-up maintains the high calibre of the original and gave an accomplished recital in the London Chamber Music Society series, itself in fine fettle under the artistic directorship of Peter Fribbins since its relocation from Conway Hall to Kings Place in 2008.

Haydn’s String Quartet in F minor, op.20, no.5, demonstrated the ensemble’s virtues in terms of intonation, unanimity and the all-important sense of shifting hierarchies, as instruments in turn take the spotlight and then recede.

The first movement of Szymanowski’s String Quartet No. 2 strongly evokes Ravel, with the occasional hint of Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht, and the Allegri caught its enraptured quality with their muted but silky textures.

The second movement, by contrast, recalls Bartók, while the third combines Gallic refinement with the colour of Tatra folk music from southern Poland.

All this was realised with consummate sensibility by the Allegri, who then proceeded to deliver a masterly reading of Schubert’s G major quartet, D.887, spinning its prodigal modulations with revelatory inventiveness and delving deep into the mysteries of this inscrutable late work.

The Allegri’s performance exemplified the kind of fully-functioning ecosystem that differentiates the finest ensembles from the mediocre – a fact appreciated by their super-attentive audience.​

Allegri in Richmond Series

March 26, 2017

Join us for the first of a new venture, presenting a Sunday series in Richmond (London). 

A perfect Mother's Day treat - Sunday 26th March at 3pm at St John the Divine, which is just a couple of minutes walk from Richmond Station. 

Haydn 33/1, Barber's 'Adagio' and Mendelssohn quartet in f minor, opus 80. 

Tickets are £15 available here: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/EJLIEM 

and on the door, on the day (subject to availability!)

Calling Student Quartets!

May 16, 2016

Come and study with us this summer! From the organisers:

A MUSIC SUMMER COURSE IN SUNNY SOUTH SPAIN

The Academy 2016 at Música in Segura is an unique opportunity for six young string quartets to receive daily coaching from the Allegri String Quartet as well as participating in public concerts and masterclasses in stunning South Spain. Música en Segura is a leading Spanish festival, and the academy offers a concert in 2017 to one of the participants. Other than that, we offer the best tuition, sun, swimming pool and fun!

1st - 7th July

Alec Roth Quartets CD released

May 16, 2016

We have just released our latest disc - Alec Roth's Quartets 2-4. The first two were commissions by the Salisbury Festival, and the the last by Malvern Music Club. The CD was recorded at Sevenoaks school by the celebrated recording engineer Tony Faulkner. The launch will take place in Berlin on 25th May, at the Piano Salon Christophori.

Allegri welcomes new first violinist, Martyn Jackson

January 05, 2016

We are delighted to announce the appointment of our new first violin Martyn Jackson, following the departure of Ofer Falk, who after more than 20 years of near continuous quartet playing, wanted to explore other avenues. We wish Ofer all the very best for all his future musical endeavours.

 

Martyn is a graduate of London’s Royal College of Music and has performed as a soloist throughout Europe and the Middle East. He previously led the Cavaleri Quartet and has frequently served as assistant concertmaster of the London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. He plays on a Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume kindly on loan to him from Frau Angela Schmeink. 

New concert dates announced!

September 01, 2015

Please have a look at our new diary and make sure that you note down all our new concert dates for the new year. We will be performing, amongst other places, at the Orange Tree Theatre, the Stapleford Granary in Cambridge, in Wales at the Llanfyllin Msuci Festival and and Great Comp Garden in Sevenoaks. 

 

We look forward to seeing as many of you there as possible!

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