Howard Goodall is an award-winning composer of choral music, stage musicals, film and TV scores, is well known as a TV and radio broadcaster, and from 2007-11 was England’s first ever National Ambassador for Singing, leading a programme (Sing Up) to improve the provision of group singing for all primary-age children.
His best-known TV & Film themes & scores include Blackadder, The Gathering Storm, The Borrowers, Red Dwarf, Q.I., Mr Bean, Bean: The Ultimate Disaster Movie, Mr Bean’s Holiday, Island Parish and The Vicar of Dibley. His score for the HBO film Into the Storm won him the Primetime EMMY award for Original Dramatic Score in 2009.
In the theatre his musicals, from The Hired Man with Melvyn Bragg in 1984 to Love Story in 2010, have been performed in the West End, Off-Broadway and throughout world, winning many international awards, including Ivor Novello (1985), TMA (2006 and 2010), and Off-West End (2012) Awards for Best Musical. Love Story receives its US première in Philadelphia in September 2012. He is currently working with Gurinder Chadha and Charles Hart on a musical adaptation of Bend it like Beckham.
His music has been commissioned to mark national ceremonies and memorials and his choral works Psalm 23: The Lord is my shepherd and Love divine are amongst the most performed of all sacred music, featuring on several platinum-selling CDs. His Eternal Light: A Requiem has had nearly 200 live performances since its première in 2008 and won him a Classical BRIT Award for Composer of the Year. In the Top-selling 100 Specialist Classical CDs of 2009, Goodall occupied the 1st, 4th and 9th positions. His 2009 Enchanted Voices, a setting of the Beatitudes, was no.1 of the Specialist Classical CD chart for 6 months, winning him a Gramophone award. In November 2011 Howard conducted the première in Westminster Abbey of his Every Purpose Under the Heaven: The King James Bible Oratorio, to mark the 400th anniversary of its publication. The oratorio will be released on CD in early 2013. May 2012 saw the celebration of the refurbishment of Rosslyn Chapel, Midlothian, with the first performance of his Rosslyn Psalm 150 performed by the National Youth Choir of Scotland and in June 2012 his New Water Music: Rigaudon accompanied Queen Elizabeth II on her Diamond Jubilee Regatta.
For the past 15 years Howard has written and presented his own TV documentary series on the theory and history of music. For these he has been honoured with a BAFTA, an RTS Judges’ Prize for Outstanding Contribution to Education in Broadcasting and over a dozen other international broadcast awards. He hosts his own weekly show, Saturday Night at the Movies, on Classic fm, for whom he is also currently Composer-in-residence. In January 2013, Howard Goodall’s Story of Music, 6 hour-long films for BBC2 was broadcast, with an accompanying Chatto & Windus book.
He is recipient of the Sir Charles Grove/Making Music Prize for Outstanding Contribution to British Music, the Naomi Sargant Memorial Award for Outstanding Contribution to Education in Broadcasting, the MIA/Classic fm Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music Education and in January 2011 he was appointed CBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours for services to music education. He is married to classical music agent Val Fancourt.