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A string quartet calls it quits

The Alberni String Quartet, who were coached by Benjamin Britten and gave the furst UK performance of Shostakovich’s 9th quartet, hung up their bows this weekend after forty years on the bridge. Among their world premieres were Alan Rawsthorne’s third quartet and Nicholas Maw’s first.

The members had been together since student days at the Royal Academy. The original leader, Howard Davis, died five years ago.

UPDATE: However, signs of life are stirring…



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  1. Tom Bangbala says:

    Sad news that the Alberni’s are disbanding, I remember with great fondness attending quartet courses in my student days. By the way Norman the original leader was Dennis Simons with Howard as second violin. Howard then took over when Dennis left.

  2. Michael Beeston says:

    This was the first string quartet I ever heard live, perhaps having a more profound effect on my own life than I realised at the time!
    It was in the Lake District Festival in the mid-60s and the quartet was led, as I remember, by Dennis Simons with Howard Davis, John White & Gregory Baron. Indelibly etched and, of course, seeming like yesterday!

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