Biography

Howard Moody has written three operas as a composer and librettist: The Brussels Requiem (2011) and Sindbad - A Journey Through Living Flames (2014) for La Monnaie and Push (2016) for the Battle Festival in partnership with Glyndebourne. Other commissions include eight symphonic works for the London Symphony Orchestra and various instrumental, vocal and stage pieces for ENO, Days Bay Opera New Zealand, Bangladesh Festival, the 2012 Cultural Olympiad, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonie Luxembourg, Salisbury International Arts Festival, Southern Cathedrals Festival, Anvil Arts and La Folia. Future commissions include Orfeo and Majnun (La Monnaie 2018) and a new opera for Glyndebourne 2019. His choral work In The Hand of God has recently been published by Edition Peters.

As a conductor he has worked with the London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Halle, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Ulster Orchestra, Bournemouth Orchestras, London Mozart Players, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra delle Toscana, La Monnaie, Opera Factory, The Icelandic Opera, Days Bay Opera New Zealand, Glyndebourne Youth Opera, Netherlands Radio Chorus, Salisbury Festival Chorus, Romanian State Chorus, Schola Cantorum of Oxford and numerous European ensembles and choral groups. He is artistic director of La Folia - an internationally acclaimed arts organisation that makes innovative music and theatre projects with collaborative artistic teams. Recent uniquely devised projects have included The Ring Cycle, Magna Songs and Evening Songs with special schools, autistic units and the hearing impaired. He is also music director of the LSO On Track Next Generation scheme.

Howard has been described as a musical polymath. He studied at New College Oxford and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and was prizewinner in both diplomas of the Royal College of Organists. As a keyboard player Howard crosses the worlds of both classical and improvised music on piano, harpsichord and organ, recording for ECM, Chandos, Guild, SDG and the BBC. He plays regularly with the Orchestra of St John's. He is also a principal keyboard player of the English Baroque Soloists. Concerts and projects include collaborations with artists as diverse as David Watkin, Ken Aiso, Jack de Johnette, Marianne Faithfull, Matthew Barley, Mark Padmore, Marc Almond, Richard Chew, Terza Rima, David Freeman, Ian McMillan and Paco Peña. He has worked extensively as an improviser with the legendary saxophonist John Surman, including their duo album Rain on the Window (ECM), performing together in many of the major international jazz festivals.