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Allegri String Quartet

Allegri String Quartet

Founded in 1953 by Eli Goren, William Pleeth, Patrick Ireland and James Barton, the Allegri Quartet is Britain's longest-running chamber music ensemble, sustained over six decades by successive generations of the finest international performers.

A commitment to refreshing the repertoire has led the Allegris to première more than 60 works since 1964, including specially commissioned pieces by leading composers such as Alexander Goehr, Jonathan Harvey, James MacMillan, Colin Matthews and John Woolrich.

The Quartet enjoys collaborating with other artists, and has worked with a raft of outstanding soloists such as Jack Brymer, Clifford Curzon, Dame Thea King, John Ogden and Gervase de Peyer. Their numerous international festival appearances have included Aldeburgh, Edinburgh, Prague Spring, Berlin, Hong Kong, and Stavanger.

The members of the Allegri Quartet are increasingly in demand for their teaching, and through the generous support of the Radcliffe Trust they enjoy long-standing teaching residencies at the universities of Durham, Nottingham, Bangor, Middlesex and the University of East Anglia. The Quartet also has an interesting association with the Newark School of Violin Making, giving feedback to young luthiers and performing on a selection of the finest instruments produced each year.

Forthcoming Allegri projects include a world première recording of Anthony Payne's String Quartet No. 2 for the BBC, plus further instalments of their ongoing Beethoven string quartet cycles in London and Oxford.