We have received belated confirmation of the death of Ronald Birks, second violin of the Lindsay Quartet and later of the Chilingarians.
Ronnie was 79.
Selected for the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain in 1959, he spent two years with the Northern Sinfonia Orchestra before joining the Lindsays in 1971 and remaining with them until the quartet’s disbandment in 2005.
He recorded two complete Beethoven cycles and all six Bartok quartets.
He died at home in October.