The quintet with harp was born in 1922, from the idea of René Leroy, viola player. After playing Debussy’s trio for flute, viola and harp, he found the combination of wind and strings very effective and thought of adding a violin and a cello to the ensemble.

The London Maritime Quintet was formed in September 2015 by postgraduate students at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, specifically to explore the repertoire for the rarely seen combination of flute, violin, viola, cello and harp. They have chosen to specialise in French music of the early 20th century, performing compositions by Jean Cras, Albert Roussel, Marcel Tournier and Gabriel Pierne', to name but a few.