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Photoshoot at Windsor Guildhall

Photoshoot at Windsor Guildhall

Our treasured colleagues at the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead helped us to capture some gorgeous images of our Harp and Violin Duo in the stunning setting of the Council Chamber last weekend. The photographers from Allegro Arts Photography, assisted by make-up artist Jill, took over 600 images over three hours while the opportunity was there to work with the musicians in such a setting.

Maria (harp) and Fernando (violin) are already familiar with the Windsor Guildhall as they have played there already for both weddings and corporate functions, and we are going to share the images with the Guildhall so that everyone can see the beautiful effect of this duo in the historic chamber.

The Windsor Guildhall is the perfect venue for memorable events. To enquire about the Harp and Violin Duo for any occasion please use our quick contact form.

 

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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For Grand Occasions from Balls to Charity Galas

For Grand Occasions from Balls to Charity Galas

Faced with the challenge of creating a major event in central London, or any major venue, you could not be blamed for feeling you had a difficult task. A solo entertainer, no matter how wonderful, might be dwarfed by the sheer scale of your event, several hundred guests, perhaps a lofty ballroom. Even smaller events, where the guest list includes VIPs used to fabulous occasions, demand significant entertainment, which isn’t easy to find. Allegro Arts is experienced in providing the right thing for such occasions, sure to fill the hall with wonder, excitement and pleasure.

One of our most frequently booked acts is the Ritzy Orchestra, and the fabulous dancers who may also be booked to perform stylishly on the dance floor in front of them. Evoking the balls of Vienna, London and Paris, this orchestra creates an unforgettable live music experience which tops the bill in a luxury venue. Playing at large weddings, balls, special celebrations, formal concerts, and corporate and charitable events, at exclusive venues in the south of England, their repertoire ranges from Viennese classics to English and Hollywood film music of the 1930-1950 era, perfect for really stylish evenings.

As I mentioned, when you book the orchestra you have the option to book their professional dancers, creating a stunning floor show which certainly gives the evening a huge extra wow! factor. So, why not contact Allegro Arts right away to see if this, or another of our feature entertainments, is right for your event? The Ritzy Orchestra have played at Blenheim Palace, the Lansdowne Club and the Royal Horseguards amongst other luxury venues, and their members have worked in the West End and with leading artists such as Katherine Jenkins and Alfie Boe…   Book this great British entertainment for your grand occasion!

Pre- and Post-Wedding Portraits

Pre- and Post-Wedding Portraits

These days wedding portraits taken in the relaxed atmosphere of any day other than your wedding day are extremely popular. It’s obvious – you are relaxed and happy, you can wear your gorgeous wedding clothes, and create yourselves in any style you want. Whether you go specially to the island of Santorini or simply to the beach at Brighton, this is your chance to take as much time as you need, choose the weather, choose the scenery, and make the portraits unique.

The picture shown here was taken on a beach in Spain in November 2016, completely unexpectedly, when one of our photographers noticed the couple being photographed by a friend (with a mobile phone). The sun was just fading pinkly into the sea, the light was  perfect, and he took the shots for the couple before the moment passed, using the fantastic camera and lens that he ‘just happened to have with him’. Actually, he usually has them with him!

Allegro Arts Photography offers couples marrying in 2017 a very special and personal service – a photography session for your Engagement, for Pre-wedding portraiture, or after the wedding itself, to complete your memories of this very special year.

For details and contact please visit www.allegroartsphotography.co.uk

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.

 

String Quartet for Midlands events

String Quartet for Midlands events

Our ability to provide string music for our clients in the Midlands was enhanced this month by the addition of the wonderful Alystia String Quartet. This ensemble are one of the most sought-after string groups for weddings and corporate events in the UK Midlands. Their musicians have worked with The Halle Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Birmingham Royal Ballet Sinfonia, Royal Shakespeare Company, and the Orchestra of The Swan.

Their comprehensive repertoire spans classical, pop and jazz, anything from Vivaldi to the Beatles, Coldplay and Bruno Mars. New arrangements and requests can be accommodated in most cases too. The Quartet has been featured in Vogue and BRIDES magazines, as well as on Channel 4 for Kirsty Allsop’s Kirstie’s Handmade Wedding.

“The trio were fantastic and really set the mood for our special day. They were very flexible with us and the music was of outstanding quality. They worked with our venue so that we had nothing to worry about on the day. As we had an intimate wedding, we felt that our guests had received a musical treat which was special to us and them. I really would recommend this act, but their reputation goes before them.”

Available as a duo, trio or quartet, the performers look forward to hearing from you and discussing your music. Please contact Vanessa: 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?

 

Classical Music in Scotland

Classical Music in Scotland

Allegro Arts is delighted to welcome two established and highly-reputed classical music ensembles to enable clients in Scotland to book top quality classical music through Allegro Arts for their events. Harp and Violin Duo SKOZIA provide beautiful music with the romance of the harp and the violin, while Piano Trio THE HEBRIDES TRIO offer music from Baroque delights to modern composition by way of Romantic music.

The Harp and Violin Duo, being based in central Scotland, are ideally located to travel to Scottish events across the country. Based and working professionally in Glasgow, the musicians are closely connected to the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and have an amazing reputation as performers and teachers. Here is a link taking you to their details and two amazing pieces of music for listening to the beauty of their playing: SKOZIA DUO

Piano, Violin and Cello feature, of course, when you book the Hebrides Piano Trio for your function in Scotland. For venues with a suitable piano, there can be no finer classical music ensemble for Scottish guests to enjoy than this trio of renowned musicians. You can enjoy two examples of their fine playing at this part of Allegro Arts’ website:  HEBRIDES

Whenever your event in Scotland, and whether you want a performance or sophisticated background music, look no further than Szozia Violin and Harp Duo or The Hebrides Piano Trio, for excellence, charm and the spirit of Scotland.

Use the CONTACT form to ask about their availability and fee.

 

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

Brazilian/Latin Band for Rio Olympics Summer

Brazilian/Latin Band for Rio Olympics Summer

Amigos de la Fiesta are an exciting Latin band available in a number of smaller and larger line-ups to make a fiesta of any Latin-themed event. The group perform a vibrant and stylish mix of salsa, funk, soul and samba, from Cuban classics and laid back Brazilian beats right through to the present day. There… Continue Reading

Wedding Organist

Wedding Organist

Allegro Arts can provide wedding couples all over the country with an organist for their church wedding. Most often the church has a resident organist, and if so this musician will be the organist for your wedding. In fact, generally the organist’s fee is still charged to your wedding invoice even if you decide against… Continue Reading

Resident Musicians from Allegro Arts

Resident Musicians from Allegro Arts

Allegro Arts now supplies Resident Musicians for London hotels and restaurants. Resident musicians are an ever-successful addition to the finest venues in the capital, and one which is both affordable and easy to arrange. Having a resident musician attracts clients to your special occasions, and also to periods which are perhaps less well-attended than you… 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

New Orleans Jazz Band join Allegro Arts

New Orleans Jazz Band join Allegro Arts

One of the UK’s top young trumpeters leads this cool Jazz Quartet, who are based in the Wales/North West/West Midlands area but travel far afield to delight jazz clubs and audiences. Led by their trumpeter, a British Jazz Awards ‘Rising Star’, this fresh and exciting jazz quartet perform different styles of music including their own… 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

Welcome to Allegro Arts

Welcome to Allegro Arts

Allegro Arts have been going from strength to strength over the last few years of our live music business. Many clients throughout the UK now know us as a great one-stop solution for live music, and our customer base continues to grow. Over the coming months we will keep you updated with the what’s been… Continue Reading

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