Monday, 30 September 2013

Allegri Quartet 60th Anniversary Concert in Devon Blundell's School Tiverton Friday 18 October 2013 Press Release from Julie Hill

The Allegri Quartet
'Cello: Vanessa Lucas-Smith
Violin: Ofer Falk
Viola: Dorothea Vogel
Violin: Raphael Todes

Big School
Friday 18th October

The internationally renowned Allegri Quartet will be revisiting Blundell’s School Tiverton on Friday 18 October. We have had a long association with this Quartet and it is rewarding that they would like to visit in this their 60th Anniversary year since their foundation. They have seen a number of changes over the period – and indeed while they have been visiting us.

The programme is an exciting one including a new piece, with its first performance at the Salisbury this year, a Quartet by Haydn, and Tchaikovsky’s First Quartet.

The members of the Quartet are:

Ofer Falk, who has been a soloist with Israeli Orchestras and performed at the Bolshoi. He was a founder member of the Schidlof Quartet in 1994, a particularly significant fact for us as Peter Schidlof was a pupil Blundell’s School. He is a Professor at the Trinity College of Music and plays a violin made by Amati of Cremona in 1661.

Rafael Todes, having read Economics at Cambridge went on to study at the Guildhall School of Music with Yfrah Neaman. He played for the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra with Sir Simon Rattle, and was also a founder member of the Schidlof Quartet. He teaches at the Junior Academy and plays a violin made by Maggini of Brescia of c 1600.

Dorothea Vogel, having been born in Switzerland studied in the USA and at The Guildhall in London. She was principal viola in the Gustav Mahler Orchestra and the World Youth Orchestra. She has appeared as soloist in Zurich and at the Wigmore Hall. Her viola was made by Rastelli of Genoa in 1800.

Vanessa Lucas-Smith is a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music and became a Junior Fellow at Trinity College. She received coaching from members of the Amadeus Quartet (Peter Schidlof was a founding member of this Quartet) amongst others. She has appeared at the Wigmore Hall, and Queen Elizabeth Hall. She teaches chamber music and is a keen amateur footballer. Her cello was made by the Forster family in England in the late eighteenth century.

Tickets are available from Mrs Carole Francis (01884 232401) in the main School Office, priced at £10, but free for children and students.

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