At the end of World War II Pratt played for the British armed forces in the Far East and then toured Australia. In 1949 he returned to London, teaching 1949-53 and 1960-6 at the RAM and appearing as a concerto soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician in Britain, continental Europe, Mexico, and Iceland. He was the pianist 1957-64 in the Robert Masters Quartet.
Pratt continued to make frequent appearances in Canada (eg, as soloist in Rachmaninoff's Concerto No. 3 in 1949 and Brahms' Concerto No. 2 with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra in 1955 and in the Canadian premiere of Benjamin Lees' Concerto in 1957 with the CBC Symphony Orchestra) and, while on leave 1965-6 from the RAM, was a visiting teacher at the University of Alberta. Subsequently he taught 1967-73 at the CMQ, became director of chamber music at CAMMAC in 1969, began lecturing on keyboard literature at Carleton University in 1970, and gave lecture-recitals on Mozart, Liszt, Debussy, and 20th-century composers in several Canadian cities. He was a member 1968-71 of the Trio de Québec with Liliane Garnier-Lesage (violin) and Traugott Schmöhe (cello).
Pratt's repertoire has included Arnell's Concerto No. 1 (of which he gave the British premiere), Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (Canadian premiere with the Montreal Orchestra 18 Feb 1940), Milhaud's Second Piano Concerto, 10 of the Mozart concertos, both Ravel concertos, and many others. His programs have included solo pieces by Violet Archer, Jean Coulthard, Robert Fleming, Oskar Morawetz, Jean Papineau-Couture, Barbara Pentland, and John Weinzweig, in addition to a wide range of music drawn from the 18th- and 19th-century piano literature.
'Chopin in Britain,' CMJ, vol 5, Autumn 1960
Author S. Roy Maley
Beethoven Sonata, Opus 81a - Coulthard 2 Studies; Quiet Song - Somers Strangeness of Heart. 1953. RCI 93/(Coulthard) 6-ACM 10
Piano music of Medtner. (1967). Bar BC 12871
Ravel - Medtner - Carbonelli - Boyce - Purcell - Barclay. 1951. RCI 47
Schumann - Pépin - Somers - Gratton - Archer. (1958). RCI 132/ (Pépin) 4-ACM 5
See also Davison and Discographies for Hyman Bress and Noël Brunet