“The Snow Queen works particularly well … one of the BBC’s more distinguished opera for radio commissions.”  Tempo

“Ward’s music is direct clear and expressive; players and, I should guess, particularly singers must find his work grateful to perform … Ward’s compositions display, at their best, the stamp of the authentic, the ‘necessary’.”  Classical Music

“Ward’s deeply felt response to the texts manifests itself in a thoroughly extrovert way, unflinchingly passionate and heedless of any possible accusations of excess.”  Jane Manning on Three Sonnets to Orpheus in her book New Vocal Repertoire, Volume 2

David Ward