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William Howard (www.williamhoward.co.uk) presents a programme of romantic piano works alongside recently written love songs for solo piano.

Three piano love songs from the romantic era open the recital. The main work in the first half is Schumann’s Humoreske, a kaleidoscopic expression of different moods and emotions written in the turbulent period leading up to the composer’s marriage to his beloved Clara.

TGS Schubert

The classical pieces will be complemented by four short pieces that William commissioned as part of a collection of Sixteen Contemporary Love Songs, all recorded on an album that will be released in June 2018.

This evening’s selection includes contributions from two of Britain’s most distinguished composers: fragile by Master of the Queen’s Music, Judith Weir, and Solitary Highland Song by Howard Skempton. These are followed by Falling Pairs by the celebrated young American composer, Nico Muhly, and Chanson Perpetuelle by Chia-Ying Lin, winner of a love song competition set up by William Howard that attracted 526 entries from 61 countries.

The recital ends with Chopin’s Scherzo in B flat minor, one of the composer’s most flamboyant and best-loved works, and his Ballade in F minor, described by John Ogdon as “the most exalted, intense and sublimely powerful of all Chopin’s compositions”.

‘…an utterly convinced performance’ (Judith Weir Concerto)
The Independent

‘Schubert’s music was played beautifully by William Howard’
The Independent

Other events in this series

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.

Exploring Chopin’s 4th Ballade. 21 April. 5pm. £5

William offers his personal take on what is considered by many to be one of the greatest works of romantic piano repertoire.

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

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

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.


Joseph Suk
Love Song

Schubert (arr. Liszt)

Schumann (arr. Liszt)

Schumann –
Humoreske Op 20


Four contemporary Love Songs for Piano –
Howard Skempton, Judith Weir, Chia-Ying Lin and Nico Muhly

Scherzo No. 2 in B flat minor Op.31

Ballade No.4 in F Minor Op.52


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