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Friday 3 May, 7:45pm


Doors & bar 6:00pm | Concert 7:45pm, ends 9:00pm, no interval

Tickets £24 / £12 (under 25)

Pre-concert food will be available to purchase. Ticket holders will be sent an email a week before the date of the concert with details of the menu and information on ordering. 


Roy Howat, piano


Fryderyk Chopin - Nocturne in E flat, op 55 no 2                                                                      

Maurice Ravel - Oiseaux tristes; À la manière de Borodine; La vallée des cloches; À la manière de Chabrier                 

Emmanuel Chabrier - Ballabile; Improvisation, Idylle & Scherzo-valse (from Pièces pittoresques)

Gabriel Fauré - 5 Pièces brèves, op. 84 (nos. 1, 2, 5, 4 & 7)  

Chopin - Étude in E, op 10 no 3; Waltz in A flat, op 42   


Roy Howat enjoys an international career as concert pianist and scholar, with particular renown in the field of French music. A graduate of King’s College, Cambridge, he made a special study of French music in Paris with Vlado Perlemuter, and is repeatedly invited to teach and play French music at major French-speaking Conservatoires and on French radio. His doctorate on the music of Debussy formed the basis of his ground-breaking book Debussy in proportion (Cambridge UP, 1983). Roy’s other publications include his 2009 book The Art of French Piano Music and a Dover critical edition of Chabrier’s piano music, which features in his programme for the Granary. 


Roy is currently Keyboard Research Fellow at the Royal Academy of Music and Senior Professorial Research Fellow at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, as well as Visiting Professor at the University of Adelaide, and an Honorary Fellow of Jesus College Cambridge. Alongside Chabrier, Roy's programme includes rich and evocative miniatures by Ravel and a selection of fleeting and varied 'moods' by Fauré. The evening is completed by Chopin: the masterful late E flat Nocturne, the famous Étude No. 3 in E ('Tristesse') and ending with the virtuosic Waltz in A flat.