Allegri String Quartet
Type: Concert
Date: Sunday 18 June 2006

Allegri String Quartet

Daniel Rowland First Violin
Rafael Todes Second Violin
Dorothea Vogel Viola
Pal Banda Cello


Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 1 Op. 49
Beethoven: String Quartet in F Op. 18/1
Tchaikovsky: String Quartet No. 1 in D Op. 11


An attentive audience of music lovers packed St Peter's Church in Shaldon for a concert given by the world-renowned Allegri String Quartet.

These fine musicians, concluding four days of exciting and varied music arranged for the annual Shaldon Music Festival, provided a faultless programme drawn from three very different but extraordinary composers. They began with Shostakovich's first chamber quartet, which revealed a playful and more lyrical side of the 20th century Russian than is apparent in his later works.

This was followed by Beethoven's String Quartet in F, a marvellous canvas of emotions, particularly in the second adagio movement, where the empathy between these virtuosic performers was an edge-of-the-seat experience.

After the interval, listeners were treated to the rich and inventive melodies of Tchaikovsky which, in the perfect acoustic of St Peter's, filled the church with a gorgeous mesh of sound. The exuberant final movement showed off the players' abilities to perfection, particularly first violinist Daniel Rowland, whose unison passages with the cello were breathtaking.

The quartet was not allowed to leave without an encore, a complete contrast in the form of a slow movement by Mozart.

This is the 17th Shaldon Festival. It has proved once more to be a box of musical delights attracting audiences and musicians from far and wide.

Glenn Price

Parking Map for St Peter's Church, Shaldon


St Peter’s Church, Bridge Road, Shaldon, TQ14 0DB


1. Long Stay Public Carpark ½ mile from the church, reached through the village or off the A379 coast road to Torquay, postcode TQ14 0HP – 381 spaces, “pay & display” during the day but free after 6.00pm. Allow 15 minutes for the blue walking route shown.
2. Short Stay Public Carpark, opposite the church, postcode TQ14 0BP – 48 spaces, “pay & display” subject to a short stay 4 hour limit during the day but free after 6.00pm.
3. Extra parking – limited space adjoining the recreation ground reached from Ringmore Road but with easy pedestrian access to the Church along the estuary embankment. If using this area, please park “tidily” to maximise the usable space; this area is only available for parking as a special arrangement for the Festival.


Please telephone Malcolm Watson on 01626 873492 if you need help with letting someone alight at the church and/or need seating space for a wheelchair. In addition, there are a very few parking spaces close to the church which we can reserve for those with mobility difficulties on a first come, first served, basis.