Quartet Pro Musica

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Quartet Pro Musica is unique in London and UK chamber music circles, having formed in 1955, and still going strong. Patrick Halling, the quartet leader throughout, was among a generation of string players who passed through the Royal Academy of Music in the late 1940’s. As the Guardian’s Anne Inglis recently wrote “…these were string players with extraordinary technical assurance, rigorously trained in the old school…”.

The quartet’s original players, all former students at the Royal Academy of Music, were Patrick, his brother, Peter Halling, Roger Raphael & Peter Sermon. Michael Tippett, amongst others, coached the quartet in these early days. In 1957-8, a change of personnel resulted in Ernest Scott and Gwynne Edwards joining the quartet. This was a formidable line-up of chamber music talent. Over the ensuing years Pro Musica were involved in many highly acclaimed recordings for the BBC, whilst also touring extensively around the country.

Along the way there have been other changes. The current players, the ever-present Patrick Halling, Keith Lewis, Richard Cookson and Myrtle Bruce-Mitford, continue to play a wide repertoire.

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