Pianist Matthew Schellhorn has announced that his new album of Howells piano music (volume 2) will be released on 2 December. It is now available for pre-order from Amazon

This recording was made possible thanks to the general assistance from The Herbert Howells Charitable Trust, The British Music Society Charitable Trust and The Herbert Howells Society.

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Matthew Schellhorn said ‘I want to thank the British Music Society, all its members, and particularly its Chairman, Wendy Hiscocks, for their support of this project. It means so much to me that you give such amazing assistance to the cause of British music, in this case that of Herbert Howells.’

In the first volume of the series, Matthew Schellhorn surveyed six decades of Herbert Howells’ compositions for the piano. The second volume reprises the journey, tracing the composer’s stylistic development from the charming poetic miniatures of his youth through to the resonant model quirkiness of his later dances. The survey includes a centrally important work, the Sonatina of 1971. This work is performed here in Schellhorn’s own edition compiled from the manuscript sources, which includes variants not heard for half a century.