Quartet Pro Musical was formed by Pat Halling over half a century ago. The quartet’s original players, all former students at the Royal Academy of Music, were Pat, his brother, the cellist Peter Halling, Roger Raphael and Peter Sermon. Later, Ernest Scott and Gwynne Edwards joined, and it was during the ensuing period that the quartet toured extensively and were involved in many acclaimed recordings for the BBC.
Next month, at Holy Trinity Church, Claygate, on Saturday, March 2nd, at 7.30pm, there is an opportunity to hear a re-formed Quartet Pro Musica, led by the indefatigable Pat, and joined by three exceptional young players, Gosia Kuznicki, Dominica Hallstead and Francesca Cull.
They will play Vaughan-Williams' 'The Lark Ascending' arranged for String Quartet by Pat, Schubert's sublime 'Rosamunde' Quartet, and a Haydn masterpiece, Opus 76 No.5, the 'Largo' Quartet.
Please follow this link for full details.
The recordings on this page date from the late 1950s and early 1960s, and were mainly made at the BBC studios in Maida Vale. They have been preserved on the original tapes since then and recently have been re-mastered and produced in digital format. They offer a fascinating and authentic insight on this earlier period, before the digital age.