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Calling all music lovers – no technical knowledge required! Join William Howard as he explores Chopin’s 4th Ballade, considered by many to be one of the great works of romantic piano repertoire.

He will perform the 10-minute work in its entirety before discussing its background and illustrating  how its drama unfolds; giving a very personal view on the kinds of things a performer might think about when tackling a piece of this kind.

About William Howard

Enjoying a career that has taken him to over 40 different countries, William’s performing life consists of solo recitals, concerto performances, guest appearances with chamber ensembles and instrumentalists, and regular touring with the Schubert Ensemble of London, of which he is a founder member.

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He performs regularly at major venues and festivals in the UK and can be heard frequently on BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM. He has made over forty CD recordings and premiered several dozen new works by leading composers from the UK and abroad. His highly acclaimed album of sixteen love songs for solo piano, released by Orchid Classics in June 2016, was the start of a wider project to commission sixteen new piano love songs. These were premiered in 2016/17 and will be released on CD in June 2018.


We are very grateful to our Sponsors: Renishaw plc, Shipton Mill, Tetbury Audi and Tetbury Music Festival. Without their support this wonderful weekend of music would not have been possible – thank you.

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In Love With the Piano
21 April. 11am. Free

An opportunity to hear and learn about superb piano pieces commissioned from some of todays leading composers.

Piano recital
22 April. 5pm. £18

William presents a programme of romantic piano works alongside recently written love songs for solo piano.

Schools Question & Answer
23 April. 11am. Free.

Explore distinctive features of classical and modern pieces (tonality, textures, basic forms, etc.) with William.


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