Arranging and Orchestrating

Collaborations have included working with musicians and artists as diverse as John Surman, Marianne Faithfull and Marc Almond (including orchestrating and arranging their songs), Abdullah Ibrahim, the poet Ian McMillan (with whom he has written a musical), David Jackson, Barry Guy, opera director David Freeman, singer Marie Angel and the jazz trio Terza Rima.

  • 5 Scottish Folksongs (commissioned by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra for performances September 2011)
  • Orchestration of Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition for 14 players (premiered March 2009)
  • Road to St Ives (transcribed and orchestrated this album by John Surman for the Bournemouth Orchestras. Recorded by the BBC)
  • Orchestration of songs for Marianne Faithfull and Marc Almond
  • Sixty Minute Opera: devised versions of operas for four singers and interactive audience (Rigoletto, Tosca, Traviata, Otello and Carmen)

4 stars London Jazz Festival

Howard Moody's orchestrations of John Surman's Road to St Ives were pastoral and spacious. They created some amazing juxtapositions, a kind of 'ghosting' as Surman improvised alongside classical performers playing solos recorded for Surman's celebrated ECM album a decade and a half ago. Meanwhile, the orchestra imitated the interplay of sequenced synthesizers and digital delays, building to a complex simplicity reminiscent of Moondog, a kind of first cousin of systems-based minimalism.

The Guardian, November 2005