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Review: Haldon Quartet concert 18th May, 2018

On a beautiful early summer evening Friday 18th May, Bratton Clovelly was treated to something special: a quartet whose sensitivity to the music and to each others playing was so palpable that the audience sat captivated, hushed and utterly engaged

The programme was a joy, beginning with Mozarts Hunt quartet and including Imogen Holsts evocative Phantasy, with its poignant conversations between instruments and constant changes of tone, colour and mood. After the interval we had, by contrast, the enchantingly spare Summa by Arvo Part, followed by Dvoraks American quartet with its folk elements and grand sweeping descriptions of space and movement. This was a clever programme for the audience, starting with the comfort of familiar sounds and then taking them on a constantly changing journey.

It wasnt necessarily a typical classical music audience from Bratton Clovelly and surrounding villages, but it was enthusiastic. Many had never been to a classical concert before; some brought along young children. That this group cheered and clapped and wanted more, that the children sat quietly mesmerised, is testament to the ability of the Haldon to bring the quartet repertoire to deepest rural Devon and make it sing to all who listen.

The Haldon say of themselves that they love being together, playing together and this shows. They are not simply four highly skilled musicians who play very well together, but truly a quartet who lift the music off the page as one beautifully textured multi-voiced whole.

Thank you, Lindsay Braga, Steve Banks, Andrew Gillett and Rebecca Allnatt for a treat of an evening.

Joanna Wallwork

Bratton Clovelly Music Festival

Audience Feedback from 2017

Exquisite! Utterly full of grace and beauty – I was mesmerised! Loved the Nielsen. You all express a deep sensitivity both for the music and each other’s playing which is so touching to witness. Thank you for this precious gift – you have enhanced my life!

Superb string playing and choice of music

Enjoyed encore piece particularly. Whole programme excellent. Looking forward to the next concert.

Fascinating programme. Fine ensemble.

Very professional. Good programme. Welcomed the additional info and contact with the audience

Haldon Quartet photo