Monday 7 March 7.30pm St Mary's Barnes
Howells and his inspiration*
Chopin Nocturnes, Op. 9
Rachmaninoff Preludes in C sharp minor & G sharp minor
Howells Once Upon a Time
Gurney Si jʼétais Roi
Martin Bussey Floreat Coll. Reg.
Paul Spicer Two Pieces for James
Laura Mitchell ...le soleil qui se couche (premiere)
Edwin Roxburgh Prelude and Toccata
Matthew Schellhorn piano
Although Barnes-dweller Herbert Howells was best-known in his lifetime for choral music, copious amounts of piano compositions have recently been brought into the spotlight. This recital contextualises the composer’s music by presenting Romantic works he himself played and by exploring the music of his pupils and those he continues to inspire.
The winning entry from our inaugural Composition Competition will also be premiered and you can read more about this years winner and the piece here.
A leading performer for over twenty years, British musician Matthew Schellhorn has a distinctive profile displaying consistent artistic integrity and a commitment to bringing new music to a wider audience. His latest commercial release of Howells’s piano music on Naxos was praised by Gramophone as “superbly performed” with “immaculately stylish, raptly concentrated and memorably tender advocacy”.