Haldon Quartet

We are four musicians rooted in Devon, South West England, united in our desire to play the classics of the string quartet repertoire and newer works to audiences in the area and further afield.

Our diverse backgrounds and musical interests nourish our collective approach and achieving a common goal is part of the process. We enjoy working together and spending time together, listening, weighing our voices, and trying to find and convey the heart of the music.

Those of you who have followed the Haldon Quartet for a while and have attended our concerts will spot a difference in the line up of players. We are very pleased to be welcoming Mandy Britton who is taking over from Steve.
Steve’s greatly valued musicianship and friendship have been very much part of the character of the quartet from the outset. We wish him well as he heads for new horizons.
We are looking forward to working with Mandy and finding the new Haldon way.

Lindsay Braga - violin

Lindsay studied at the Royal Northern College of Music and has worked since with many orchestras including the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Welsh National Opera, the English National Ballet, the Goldberg Ensemble and Manchester Camerata.  Following her move to Devon, Lindsay has immersed herself in chamber music.

Mandy Britton - violin

Mandy Britton studied at the Royal Academy of Music before joining the Royal Ballet Sinfonia and then the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. After two years Mandy moved to Manchester to join the orchestra for Phantom of the Opera.
During her time in Manchester she joined Northern Chamber Orchestra and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and freelanced with Manchester Camerata, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Halle, Opera North, Northern Ballet and Welsh National Opera.
Mandy enjoys teaching and coaching and plays regularly with the City of London Sinfonia, Royal Ballet Sinfonia and other London orchestras.

Andrew Gillett - viola

Born in West Devon, Andrew’s early studies were with Colin Sauer (violin) and Keith Lovell (viola), members of the Dartington String Quartet. He went on to study at the Royal College of Music and the Hochschule für Musik in Frankfurt, Germany.  As well as working feelance in various orchestras he has gravitated increasingly towards chamber music, which as well as playing in, he frequently writes about in his quartet blogs. He also enjoys being involved in contemporary music groups, plays Baroque viola in Devon Baroque and he teaches too. Andrew has worked in film and television, as well as in touring bands for Russell Watson and Katherine Jenkins. He is also an occasional fiddler at ceilidhs.

Rebecca Allnatt - cello

Rebecca won a county music scholarship in Hertfordshire where she was brought up.  She went on to study at the Royal College of Music. After completing a Post Graduate she began an orchestral career in London before moving to Devon where she has continued to play with many orchestras including the Ten Tors Orchestra, English Mozart Players, and Welsh National Opera.  Rebecca is also in demand as a teacher, and chamber musician.  She is married to a professional double bass player