In the surroundings of the Picture Gallery, enjoy a lunchtime concert by the exciting young cellist Willard Carter.

The programme will include Boccherini’s Cello Sonata in A Major, Ligeti’s solo Cello Sonata and Prokofiev’s sonata for cello and piano. Carter will be accompanied by Daniel King Smith.

Willard Carter was born in Great Britain in 2002. He began taking cello lessons at the age of four. At the age of eight, he entered the Wells Cathedral School as a chorister. In 2013, he moved to the Purcell School and studied cello with Alexander Boyarsky. In 2016, he joined the junior department of the Royal College of Music and moved in 2018 to the Reina Sofia Escuela di Musica to study with Ivan Monighetti.

Willard is now a scholarship holder of the Liechtenstein International Music Academy and regularly takes part in the intensive weeks and activities that take place there.

He has been successful in numerous national competitions and won the Purcell School’s “Concerto Prize” and the Soloist’s Prize. He is also a winner of the Barbara Boissard Concerto Prize, the Marjorie Humby Prize, the Gordon Turner Competition and the Junior Chamber Music Prize of the Royal College of Music. In 2020, he won second prize at the Anna Kull International Cello Competition in Graz.

Willard has played in Somerset, Wiltshire and London, as well as in Recanati, Osimo, Poppi, Pratovecchio and Stia in Italy. He has performed at Charterhouse, Goldsmith’s Hall, Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace and several times at Wigmore Hall. In 2021, he played a recital at the Solsberg Festival and performed with the Gstaad Festival Orchestra. Willard has received grants from the Albert Cooper Trust and the Future Talent & Awards for Young Musicians.