Biography

Howard Moody works in many different styles of music as conductor, composer and keyboard player. He is principal conductor and artistic director of La Folia and has also conducted London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony and Concert Orchestras, Hallé Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Sarum Orchestra, Jupiter Chamber Orchestra, London Mozart Players, Bournemouth Orchestras, La Monnaie, Orchestra delle Toscana, Wroclaw Philharmonic, Bristol Ensemble, Endymion Ensemble, Opera Factory, Icelandic Opera, Netherlands Radio Chorus, Romanian State Chorus, Schola Cantorum of Oxford, Salisbury Festival Chorus, Monteverdi Choir and numerous choral groups throughout Europe. He has recorded for BBC, Netherlands Radio, Chandos, and ECM.

Whilst working in Holland he made many studio recordings with the Netherlands Radio Choir and worked closely with Robin Gritton, Valery Gergiev, Riccardo Chailley, Edo de Waart and Henry Lewis, preparing the chorus for recordings with the Dutch Radio Orchestras and the Concertgebouw Orchestra. He then joined the music staff of English National Opera and Glyndebourne before working extensively with the opera director David Freeman, conducting productions for Opera Factory, Icelandic Opera and in London’s West End. He has conducted two of his own operas at La Monnaie, Brussels.

Commissions as a composer include seven symphonic works for the London Symphony Orchestra, two operas for Brussels Opera at La Monnaie as well as stage, choral and instrumental works for English National Opera, La Folia, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Salisbury International Arts Festival, Southern Cathedrals Festival, 2012 Cultural Olympiad, Childrens Music Workshop, Bangladesh Festival, Station House Opera, Jack De Johnette, The National Forest Project and The Anvil. Howard has also written a Requiem with flamenco guitarist Paco Peña. Over the past three years he has written Terrors of Red Flame, Napoleon Unbuttoned and Invictus 46664 (for London Symphony Orchestra); Border Lines (for Scottish Chamber Orchestra); Song for Dover (for Cultural Olympiad); Sindbad, A Journey Through Living Flames (for Brussels Opera at La Monnaie); Eagle Music (for recorder player Piers Adams); The Old Salt Road (for Bolsterstone Male Voice Choir); In The Hand Of God (Southern Cathedrals Festival). Another opera for La Monnaie is in the planning stages for 2017 and beyond in collaboration with three other European opera houses.

As a keyboard player Howard plays harpsichord, organ, fortepiano, modern piano and synthesizers, performing in numerous international festivals. He studied at New College Oxford (organ scholar) before a postgraduate year at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He was prizewinner in both diplomas of the Royal College of Organists. As pianist he has given recitals with Ken Aiso, Nigel Robson, Lynne Dawson, Mark Padmore, Matthew Barley, Piers Adams and David Watkin (with whom he has recorded the Beethoven Cello Sonatas and the Cello Sonata by Francis Pott). He is a principal keyboard player for the English Baroque Soloists and worked closely with Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the Monteverdi Choir as keyboard continuo player and assistant conductor during the 2000 Bach Pilgrimage. He has also played with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and the Orchestra of St John's as well as in ensembles with members of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and London Symphony Orchestra.

Howard works extensively with saxophonist John Surman with whom he has toured many international jazz festivals as both conductor and improviser, giving performances of Proverbs and Songs (nominated for the Mercury Award). As conductor and pianist he performed the premiere of Ultimate Voyage (Surman's concerto for saxophone and piano) and has transcribed and orchestrated the album Road to St Ives. Their duo album of improvised music for organ and saxophone, Rain on the Window, was released in 2008, followed by performances of improvised concerts in jazz festivals in Canada, Italy, Norway, UK, Poland and Germany. Howard also played for ‘Lifelines’, John Surman's commission from Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and BBC Radio 3 live from the London Jazz Festival.

A special interest in creative projects which develop young people's imaginative ideas into dramatic, instrumental and vocal works involves Howard as a composer and animateur for La Folia, Theatre Royal Norwich, Chichester Festival Theatre, The Anvil, Glyndebourne, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and London Symphony Orchestra where he is artistic director of the LSO On Track Next Generations project. For La Folia, Howard is especially committed to finding innovative ways of bringing live music making of the highest calibre to people who may otherwise not have the opportunity to experience it.