Howard, William

William Howard is established as one of Britain’s leading pianists, enjoying a career that has taken him to over 40 different countries. His performing life consists of solo recitals, concerto performances, guest appearances with chamber ensembles and instrumentalists, and regular touring with the Schubert Ensemble of London, Britain’s leading group for piano and strings and winners of the Royal Philharmonic Society Award for Best Chamber Ensemble.
His solo career has taken him to many of Britain’s most important festivals, including Bath, Brighton and Cheltenham, and he has been artist in residence at several others. He has performed many times in the Wigmore Hall and the South Bank in London and has broadcast regularly for BBC Radio 3. For many years he has been invited to perform and teach at the Dartington International Summer School.
He is passionate about 19th century piano repertoire, especially Schubert, Chopin, Schumann and Fauré. He also has a strong interest in Czech piano music, and has been particularly acclaimed for his performance of Janáček, for which he received a medal from the Czech Minister of Culture in 1986. Many leading composers of the present day have written for him, including, Sally Beamish, Petr Eben, Piers Hellawell, David Matthews, Pavel Novák, Anthony Powers, Howard Skempton and Judith Weir.
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John Clark

Schubert Ensemble

Schubert Ensemble

The Schubert Ensemble has established itself over 28 years as one of the world’s leading exponents of music for piano and strings. Regularly giving over 50 concerts a year, the Ensemble has performed in over 40 different countries. In 1998 the Ensemble’s contribution to British musical life was recognized by the Royal Philharmonic Society when it presented the group with the Best Chamber Ensemble Award, for which it was shortlisted again in 2010.

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John Clark


The piano quartet Domus was formed in 1979 at Sandor Vegh's International Musicians' Seminar at Prussia Cove in Cornwall. The original members were Susan Tomes, Krysia Osostowicz, Robin Ireland (viola) and Timothy Hugh (cello). Domus first made its reputation performing in its own portable concert hall, which also gave the group its name—a white geodesic dome seating two hundred. Playing in this magical and intimate setting, Domus's committed yet informal presentation won them an enthusiastic following, and they appeared at venues in remote places throughout the world, from Italian hilltops and German parks to Australian city squares. Through their open rehearsals, discussion groups and workshops, Domus's characteristic performance style evolved through its close relationship with its audiences, and greatly enhanced the accessibility and understanding of the repertoire. However, the group's ever-increasing following eventually outgrew the dome and drew them back into the conventional concert hall and to the recording studio.
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Judith Weir's own choice of her chamber music featuring piano explore Weir's fascination with folk music: the sparkling Piano Concerto explores her Scottish roots.

Disc 1 was recorded for NMC in 2002; Disc 2 was originally released on Collins Classics.


William Howard, piano
The Schubert Ensemble


"Small-scale and elusive... but they are anything but diminutive in their emotional power… she has the ability to make the most mundane of musical material seem surprising."

The Guardian Classical CD of the Week 2003


The Ancora Series is supported by Arts Council England


Disc 1:

Recording date: 13, 14, 19 November 2002
Recording venue: Champs Hill, West Sussex
Engineer/ Producer: David Lefeber

Disc 2:
Recording date: 15-16 February and 17 and  23 March 1990
Recording venue: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London
Engineer: Mike Clements
Producer: Andrew Keener

Editing & mastering: David Lefeber

Cover image: Photo: Suzanne Jansen

Disc 1: (P) 2003 NMC Recordings Ltd
Disc 2: (P) 1995  Lambourne Productions Ltd

Chester Novello
Catalogue number:
NMC D090
Release Date:
4 January 2004