Hellens Manor plays host to William Howard, one of Britain’s leading pianists whose career has taken him to more than 40 countries. As soloist and founder member of the Schubert Ensemble, he has performed regularly at major venues and festivals in the UK and has made over forty CD recordings.

William will make two appearances at the Great Barn, Hellens, Much Marcle on Friday and Saturday, October 20 and 21. The Friday evening concert sees William perform classical pieces from great composers such as Chopin Sonata No.3 in B minor Op.58 and Mendelssohn Rondo Capriccioso Op.14 as well as pieces by Liszt, Schubert, Schuman, Granados and others. The theme of the evening is love and romance. The full programme is available on the Hellens Manor website. www.hellensmanor.com

The Saturday morning concert is intended to entice the curious to investigate the world of classical music. It’s an informal one-hour event, in which William will play an irresistible selection of piano pieces, all inspired by love, and talk about the stories behind them. The programme will include pieces from William’s successful album Sixteen Love Songs and newly written piano ‘love songs’ that he has commissioned from some of today’s leading composers, including Nico Muhly and Arcade Fire’s Richard Reed Parry. The event will be free of charge and open to anyone curious enough to come along, whatever kind of music they like!

The Friday concert begins at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £17 and are available online or by phone from Hereford Courtyard Theatre 01432 340555 or in person from Ice Bytes Ledbury, River Music Ross and Premier Stores Much Marcle.

Tickets for Saturday’s concert at 11am are available by sending an email to info@hellens manor.com