William Howard piano
Schubert Drei Klavierstücke D946
Pavel Zemek Novák Book Three (Nos.13-18) from 24 Preludes and Fugues
David Matthews Four Portraits world premiere
Chopin Sonata No.3 in B minor Op.58
Wagner arr. David Matthews The Shorter Ring world premiere
Festival favourite William Howard celebrates his 60th birthday with a new commission consisting of four musical portraits of friends from the distinguished composer David Matthews. Exploring some of Howard’s favourite works, the programme also reflects the versatility of the pianist, from the poetic textures of Schubert and Chopin to the virtuosic fun of Matthews’ brilliant five-minute arrangement of Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen.