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The Jacks – we welcome a new function band with open arms

The Jacks – we welcome a new function band with open arms

It’s not often I tell you about new bands on our list – I believe our function bands are outstanding! – however, this month I have two to bring to you.

The first is this one, The Jacks. Absolute winners, they bring all the most exciting and best-loved songs in recent chart history plus regular favourites.Simply a top-notch function band. Several of our bands have players in common and this one does too, so we know the guys well. We recommend them highly from past experience.

Give me a call for more details. This is a professional band highly willing to create themselves afresh just for your event.

A Most Unusual Young Guitarist

A Most Unusual Young Guitarist

We have known this young musician for several years, yet each time we hear him play we realise afresh how good he sounds! Try it, take a look at his video. You will find it on his Artist Profile. We think you’ll be surprised, in a very, very good way.

Adam specialises in re-imagined classical pieces, Spanish music, Latin-American jazz and unique interpretations of popular music. It’s a wonderful combination. For some pieces he uses a looping pedal creatively to enhance the music.

Trained at the very special Department of Music at Royal Holloway, Adam is a young musician well worth discovering.

New to us – the exceptional ALLEGRO DUO

New to us – the exceptional ALLEGRO DUO

If you’re interested in a modern/pop feel with delicious singing and superb guitar accomapaniment, this is an excellent place to start!

Allegro Duo is a young, modern and dynamic duet. If you’re looking for an alternative to the standard ‘function’ entertainment, Acoustik bring enthusiasm, energy and excitement to your special occasion with their own arrangements offering an innovative take on popular songs that is unique to the market.

Re-imagined classical pieces, Spanish, Latin-American jazz, and unique interpretations of popular music are performed with style, warmth and colour.

Formed in 2015, they are already in demand at venues and have a significant London residency. Please enquire about your date and for all the details we can send you about this fabulous duo.

For their Artist Profile and video, please CLICK

 

2018 Year of Classical Music?

2018 Year of Classical Music?

When Allegro Arts began some fifteen years ago, we specialised in Classical musicians. Then jazz, world music and many other lovely live music grew and grew, and edgy modern jazz music was mostly what we supplied. Now the wheel has spun full circle again: in 2017 there was a marked increase in clients booking Classical.

 2018 looks like seeing the huge return to popularity of Classical music at our events. Easily the majority of our bookings so far are for Classical music, the sophistication and delight given by a string quartet, classical duo, harpist, classical guitarist or close-harmony singers.

We are simply grateful that we live somewhere where we can enjoy such a diversity of wonderful music. Happy 2018!

 

Royal Holloway University of London

Royal Holloway University of London

Congratulations from all at Allegro Arts to everyone who will be graduating this July at the university in Egham, Surrey. Allegro Arts enjoy and value a close connection with Royal Holloway, and are proud to supply music including the Fanfare Trumpet team who play such a noticeable role during the week of the Summer Graduations.

Dressed in full uniform and busbies, the gentlemen of the trumpet team announce the various stages of each ceremony, such as the arrival of the graduands, the academic procession, and the invitation to the champagne reception. They have been providing this service for several years and also play for the Winter Graduations in November/December each year, when post-graduate degrees are conferred.

Popular with graduands and parents for photo opportunties, the musicians thoroughly enjoy this opportunity each year to help celebrate the success of the university and its students.

Chinese Musicians & Harpist

Chinese Musicians & Harpist

Increasingly popular for events of all kinds is Chinese Music. We have for a long time been able to offer a variety of musicians, and are delighted to introduce harpist Fontane, who plays a Harlem classical harp which gives excellent depth and volume, who has a wide repertoire of traditional Chinese music in addition to harp music from the Western tradition.

Fontane can therefore offer an exclusively Chinese repertoire, or a varied programme. She can also bring colleagues playing a variety of Chinese instruments to play alongside her, and she offers several workshop/shows on Chinese music that can be enjoyed as an event or can be audience-interreactive.

Whether Chinese music is a favourite of yours already or something new to explore, consider calling us to talk about how Fontane or other Chinese music could give you a highly memorable entertainment.

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Carol Singers at National Trust Ham House

Carol Singers at National Trust Ham House

Ham House, which belongs to the National Trust, is situated beside the River Thames in Ham, just south of Richmond in west London. The National Trust say that Ham House is unique in Europe as the most complete survival of 17th century fashion and power. In December 2016, our choir London Vocal provided singers to perform traditional and modern carols and festive songs in close harmony by the great front door of Ham House, greeting arriving guests in a truly stylish fashion.

London Vocal, a choir who are part of a renowned London choir, are among our top tips for stunning vocal music for events and venues. Allegro Arts have been working with these singers for several years, and we have been delighted by the rewarding feedback from our clients.

If you are responsible for arranging events at a significant historical venue, let Allegro Arts’ experience be helpful to you, and give us a call to discuss your next event. We have wonderful singers, but that’s absolutely not all we do! Find out what unusual, stylish, show-stopping entertainment we can suggest.

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Carol Singers at Centre Parcs

Carol Singers at Centre Parcs

A quartet of Carol Singers brought a festive thrill to an event at Centre Parcs, Elvedon Forest near Thetford on December 2nd, saving the day after the arrangements made earlier by the venue had fallen through last-minute. We worked hard with Centre Parcs and all the arrangements were magically made in two days. Heroic singers from English Consort of Voices leapt on the train and visited this lovely holiday venue just for the evening.

Carols and festive songs recognisable by all are the staple of this seasonal treat, the four-voice group being the number of singers generally recommended by Allegro Arts and booked by our clients. The perfect combination of Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Baritone enables the group to provide full harmony music totally unaccompanied, so this is an ideal Christmas music for both indoors and outdoors.

It is still possible to book carol singers for December. Call 01784 409654 or email vanessa@allegroarts.co.uk.

 

Steel Pan Band for Events

Steel Pan Band for Events

Allegro Arts’ steel pan groups are increasingly popular for both weddings and parties, not to mention big corporate functions in and around London. We also have a wonderful steel pan group based in the Midlands for our clients there. It’s upbeat, happy, smile-raising music which we all need these days! What better way to evoke the sunshine and relaxation of the Caribbean than with steel pans and brightly-coloured outfits and big smiles?

At least 200 different songs can be played by a steel pan trio, but you can make requests before your event and your steel pan musicians will do their best to adapt the song to the pans. There may only be time for 25-30 songs at your party, so they choose your set list with care, and adjust it according to the audience at the time, using their considerable experience. Allegro Arts also provides a fully-supported service as you plan your event.

Book your steel pans with our help and advice. Call for some suggestions 01784 409654, or use either contact form on this website and we will come straight back to you.

Harp and Violin Duo play Windsor function

Harp and Violin Duo play Windsor function

Spanish Violin and Harp Duo from Allegro Arts played for a corporate reception in Windsor Guildhall in October, saving the day when an unanticipated airport strike meant a last-minute action needed to be taken to provide music for this important event. Despite the emergency change of plan, the kind which can take us all by surprise at any time, superb music was enjoyed by the hosts and guests at this event.

A harp and violin duo provides an ideal background music for both drinks receptions and dining. Bridging the gap between solo harpist and string quartet, the beauty of both harp and violin shine through. Music includes both classical and modern, and can be used to vary the atmosphere as the event proceeds. And the lovely harp and violin provide an attractive visual effect too.

Why not book this romantic and heart-warming musical duo for an event you are planning, and relax knowing that Allegro Arts and their wonderful musicians can rescue the situation whatever chance throws in the way?

 

Carol Singers

Carol Singers

Our CHRISTMAS CAROL SINGERS are booking up nicely across the whole of December for events as varied as private parties, clubs and hotels celebrating in style, and large companies treating their staff to a marvellous Christmas event. From one to twenty singers, everything is possible. The favourite choice is the Vocal Quartet, two ladies and… Continue Reading

London Retaggio Brass Quintet

London Retaggio Brass Quintet

Seasoned veterans of the brass repertoire, London Retaggio Brass, delighted visitors to The Cricketers Cup this month at Arundel Castle Cricket Ground. Providing brass band music throughout the luncheon period, the musicians both gave and received – they gave pleasure with their playing, and in return enjoyed a wonderful afternoon of cricket taking place all… Continue Reading

A Rising Star of the Classical Guitar

A Rising Star of the Classical Guitar

He is a classical guitarist with one of the most exciting developing profiles in the UK. Allegro Arts is delighted to welcome this extremely successful and high quality instrumentalist. Michael has just finished his UK Solo Tour 2016, and performed the final date at Winchester Cathedral last week. Performing in such magnificent surroundings is fast… Continue Reading

Allegro provide Jazz for Food Festival

Allegro provide Jazz for Food Festival

Allegro Arts provided the unique jazz group VINTAGE COCKTAIL to the British Food Festival on the weekend of 9/10 July in the sunny grounds of Windsor Racecourse, which was a very successful event all round. Perfect party jazz met with warm applause throughout the weekend, as visitors enjoyed the mellow vocals of pianist Mark Marlowe… Continue Reading

Wedding Harpists join Allegro Arts

Wedding Harpists join Allegro Arts

In June Allegro Arts welcomed another exciting new harpist for weddings, joining the already extensive list of beautiful harp players we can offer to wedding couples. In 2016 we notice that the bride and groom equally are choosing a harpist over most live music options for their civil wedding ceremony or wedding reception. Popular music… Continue Reading

Allegro Arts Flautist in Concert

Allegro Arts Flautist in Concert

Allegro Arts’ outstanding flautist Rachel Smith is soloist in an  excellent FREE concert on Wednesday 29 June at 7.30pm, Guards Chapel, Birdcage Walk, free admission. The Countess of Wessex’s String Orchestra will perform music by Vivaldi, Holst, Butterworth and The Beatles. Rachel Smith will perform Vivaldi’s Piccolo Concerto in C major. Please call 020 781… Continue Reading

Sonoro Choir’s concert ‘Passion and Polyphony’ | 23 June 2016

Sonoro Choir’s concert ‘Passion and Polyphony’ | 23 June 2016

Booking is now open for the latest concert by Sonoro Choir, ‘Passion and Polyphony’, which takes place on Thursday 23rd June at St James’s, Paddington. Three modern devotional works fill the evening’s performance. Firmly steeped in the Gregorian and early polyphonic traditions, these modern choral masterpieces blend the past with the present in a thrilling… Continue Reading

Allegro Arts play Jazz for The Queen

Allegro Arts play Jazz for The Queen

Vintage Cocktail jazz trio from Allegro Arts recently played for the garden party in honour of the 90th Birthday of Her Majesty The Queen in the grounds of Cumberland Lodge in Windsor Great Park. The afternoon was crowned by the presence of Her Majesty and The Duke of Edinburgh who spent some time meeting many… Continue Reading

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