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How would you describe Howard Goodall? ‘Composer of TV theme tunes to Vicar of Dibley/Blackadder/Red Dwarf’; ‘choral composer’; ‘Channel 4 presenter and writer of various music series ( How music works/Big bangs );’ ‘BBC TV presenter for Choir of the Year;’ ‘Compere of the School Proms’…the list goes on! His energy, passion and commitment toContinue reading → on Interview with Kathryn Knight
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 askedContinue reading → on National Singing Ambassador Update February 2007
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 theContinue reading → on 'Sweet dreams are made of this'
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 seemedContinue reading → on The Chorister Thing
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 andContinue reading → on Howard's speech to the Music Manifesto Signatories' conference, 18th May 2005
Below is a transcription of Howard’s introduction to a Teachers’ TV series, Take 10 Weeks – Singing School filmed in early 2007, following the Voices Foundation embedding an all-school singing programme into a Cambridgeshire primary school: Singing in schools, after suffering a period of relative decline, is finally back on the agenda, with a vengeance.Continue reading → on An introduction to the Teachers' TV series - 'Take 10 Weeks - Singing School'
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:Continue reading → on Reviews of The How Music Works Series
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 oneContinue reading → on Olympic Chorus
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 inContinue reading → on Bibliophilia: an article by Howard Goodall for Portrait of the House, a compilation of reminiscences and ruminations on the subject of Christ, Church, Oxford:
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 overContinue reading → on Music isn't 'dying' in our schools, it is changing!