Quartet Pro Musica was formed in 1955. The quartet’s original players, all former students at the Royal Academy of Music, were Patrick, his brother, Peter Halling, Roger Raphael and 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 the quartet was involved in numerous recordings for the BBC, whilst also touring extensively in England and abroad.
Leading musicians who collaborated with the quartet over the years include John Williams and Colin Bradbury.
Principal quartet personnel and dates
1955-1957: Patrick Halling, Roger Raphael, Peter Sermon, Peter Halling
1957-1990: Patrick Halling, Ernest Scott, Gwynne Edwards, Peter Halling
1992-2009: Patrick Halling, Howard Ball, David Hume / Ruşen Güneş, Robin Firman
2009-2018: Patrick Halling, Keith Lewis, Richard Cookson / Ariane Alexander, Myrtle Bruce-Mitford
Original 1950s design used by the quartet
Pat with Ernest Scott, Gwynne Edwards, Peter Halling (London, 1983)