Famed string quartet appoints new leader

The Allegri string quartet, founded in 1953 by Eli Goren and William Pleeth, has changed its first violin.

Ofer Falk makes way for Martyn Jackson, who becomes the quartet’s sixth leader in as many decades.

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    • Actually it seems they’ve disbanded.

      Which is a great shame, for me, at least, as I was looking forward to hearing them play again.

      They were quartet in residence at the Presteigne Festival a couple of years ago, when, among other things, they gave us, in tiny Bleddfa church, one of the best performances of Death and the Maiden I’ve heard in 55 years.

      In the Wine Bar, after recitals, they proved to be modest and charming young musicians, and I hope they all find rewarding work after the disbandment.

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