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Howard Goodall, Alan Johnson and some primary pupils at State of Play 2007

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National Singing Ambassador Update February 2007

Since the Secretary of State’s announcement of my appointment as ‘Singing Ambassador’ I have been inundated with messages of support, offers of help, examples of best practice and general enthusiasm for our campaign, which has been incredibly gratifying. To all of you who have written to me – thank you! Not surprisingly, many have asked

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'Sweet dreams are made of this'

Sunday Times Culture: Comment, 12 November 2006 The weight of history hangs heavily upon classical music’s shoulders. In the carefree, people-friendly world of popular music, Sandi Thom can sing ‘Oh, I wish I was a punk rocker (with flowers in my hair)’, not batting en eyelid at the absurdity or the historical inaccuracy of the

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Howard as a chorister aged 12

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The Chorister Thing

Forty years ago I became a chorister at New College, Oxford, not really knowing what to expect or what I could contribute, other than I knew I could hold a tune, I could learn the ropes from my older brother who was already there and I knew too that I loved Christmas Carols (which seemed

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Howard's speech to the Music Manifesto Signatories' conference, 18th May 2005

Over the last year, as Fergal mentioned, I have been doing an enormous amount of research into the state of music education in Britain for a South Bank Show Special that was broadcast last December. I followed that up with a shorter piece for the BBC’s Choir of the Year broadcast about Wider Opportunities and

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A review of Howard Goodall's 20th Century Greats

Howard Goodall’s Channel 4 series on 20th-century music was a triumph of intelligent televison. It worked because it was driven by a powerful polemic by David Herman, Prospect Magazine After a terrible year Channel 4 ended 2004 on three high notes: the start of David Starkey’s ambitious history of the British monarchy: Green Wing the most original British comedy

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Reviews of The How Music Works Series

When it was first broadcast, How Music Works, received a number of reviews inculding in The Observer and The Time, The Independent and Time Out.  Below are a transcriptions of a number of them:

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Olympic Chorus

Editorial essay in the Music Manifesto Report no.2 Singing is as natural and enjoyable to human beings as laughing. It is easy and universal, bonding us first to our mothers and then to each other. It complements our grasp of language and communication and accelerates our learning processes. It does not belong exclusively to one

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Bibliophilia: an article by Howard Goodall for Portrait of the House, a compilation of reminiscences and ruminations on the subject of Christ, Church, Oxford:

I didn’t use Christ Church’s magnificent high Baroque library much in my first or second years as an undergraduate. In those days (the late 70s), Peckwater Quad had the unmistakeable ambience of an expensive boys’ public school and since I had escaped from just such a place to attend my excellent local comprehensive earlier in

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Music isn't 'dying' in our schools, it is changing!

Howard’s Times article responding to Richard Morrison’s ‘All Washed up: Down the Tubas’ piece on the state of music education in Britain. [February 2005] I spent eight months of last year researching the current state of music education in the UK for a South Bank Show shown just before Christmas. I visited schools all over

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Reviews of A Musical Nation

Below are reproduced the many reviews of A Musical Nation – written and presented by Howard for ITV’s South Bank Show, and broadcast in December 2004: Radio Times 18-31 December 2004 TODAY’S CHOICES: ARTS – David Butcher Prepare for some good news. In 1998 Simon Rattle made a gloomy film about the decline of music education in Britain.

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