Music for young people
Howard Moody has developed a special interest in creative projects that bring the highest calibre of musicians to audiences that may never have such an experience of live music. Projects that aim to develop young people's imaginative ideas into dramatic, instrumental and vocal works have involved Howard as a composer and animateur for numerous organisations.
Howard has been artistic director/composer for projects with La Folia, London Symphony Orchestra, Childrens Music Workshop, ENO, Albert Hall, The Globe, Glyndebourne, RSC, South Bank, Wigmore Hall, National Forest, BBC Concert Orchestra, Chichester Festival Theatre, Theatre Royal Norwich, Sixty Minute Opera, Jessie's Fund, La Caixa and La Monnaie.
His large scale oratorio ‘Songs of the Forest’, commissioned as part of the National Forest project was first performed by more than a thousand children in 2005 as part of the Lichfield Festival.
Large scale projects with The Sarum Orchestra began in 2002 with a three year collaboration with John Surman. This continued with a collaboration with Amery Hill School that created two further works from John Surman ‘Just Deserts’ and ‘Points of Departure’ as well as ‘Stari Most’ by Richard Chew. The Sarum Orchestra has now developed into the musical production company La Folia, recently completing its groundbreaking four year Ring Cycle project with a special school and an autistic unit.
In June 2008, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra performed his new work ‘Moving Music’ for orchestra, voices and soundbeams, involving students from Ashcraig Special School, Glasgow. Moving Music was nominated for a British Composer Award in 2010.
He was music director for a two year project with the London Symphony Orchestra, devising film and other dramatic music with blind people. Since 2009 he has directed the LSO 'Next Generation' project that gives young musicians from all London boroughs opportunities to be more involved in the orchestra. For this he has written 'Variations on Madness' (2009), ‘The Devil’s Variations’ (2010), 'Gold Mountain' (2011), 'Terrors of Red Flame' (2012), ‘Napoleon Unbuttoned’ (2013), Invictus 46664 (2014) which combine improvising groups with the orchestra.
Following the success of his two operas for La Monnaie, ‘The Brussels Requiem’ and ‘Sindbad - A Journey Through Living Flames’, a third opera is in the planning stage for 2017 - 2019.
Howard Moody, chef d'orchestre anglais bien connu...compositeur, pianiste, organiste ou encore claviériste à ses heures, il participe à de nombreux festivals et multiplie les projets avec les enfants. D'abord discret, le compositeur écoute puis intervient, crée les premières notes, envahit la salle de sa musique, s'adresse aux enfants, rythme la matinée, respecte ses interlocuteurs, les fait rire et obéir. Un grand pédagogue doublé d'un excellent musicien qui propose à ses nouveaux "associés" de choisir, par exemple, entre le jazz et le contemporain. ... Quel est donc le secret d'Howard Moody?
Laurence Bertels, La Libre
Children's Music Workshop, Brady Centre, Tower Hamlets
I have unlimited praise for the pianist and music director Howard Moody, who not only accompanied extremely well, but after the 70-minute performance also involved the audience by asking them skilful questions, and got them on to the stage, where, helped by the singers, they took up the drama and re-enacted parts of it which had especially excited them.
Michael Tanner The Spectator
Shrieks and spontaneous applause greeted conductor Howard Moody at the start of the schools' concert held in Salisbury's City Hall last week. Nearly 700 children from primary schools in the area took part. "We spent the first 20 minutes of each workshop session just playing music and from there the children became part of the music, written both last year and 199 years ago," said Mr Moody. "The response of the children has been amazing. The aims of the project are to stimulate inspiration and provide new experiences."