Last night's (Monday, 13th February at Baptist Church, Rickmansworth) was a great success with delightful violin and piano sonatas by Mozart and Beethoven and a twentieth century piece by Korngold - "Garden Scene" from Much Ado about Nothing. The encore was Massenet's "Meditation" from the opera Thais, which was pure icing on the cake. An audience of around 50 thoroughly enjoyed the wonderful musical experience and was spellbound by the tranquillity of the encore.
Peter Nall studied at the Royal College of Music with Jaroslav Vanecek and later with Emanuel Hurwitz and David Takeno. He continued his studies in Aldeburgh at the Britten-Pears School on courses under Rostropovich, Colin Davis & Tamas Vasary. He was a member of both the BBC Philharmonic & Radio Orchestras before joining the Bournemouth Sinfonietta as sub-principal first violin. He later spent ten years full-time with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Now a freelance player, Peter also coaches and directs various amateur orchestras and deals in fine stringed instruments and bows.
David Ward has had an active life as pianist, fortepianist, conductor and teacher; in particular, his performances and recordings of Mozart on piano and fortepiano were highly praised. He has played in the major concert halls in London and in many parts of the UK as well as in Holland, Ireland, South Africa, America, Australia and New Zealand. He conducted for New Sadlers Wells Opera Company and has also conducted opera and oratorio in London, Dublin and Marseilles. He taught at the Royal College of Music for over 40 years where, among other things, he was instrumental in developing the area of fortepiano studies. He also taught fortepiano at the Birmingham Conservatoire.