Lunchtime Organ Recital
Tuesday 21 February 2023, 1.00pm
|Bach||Toccata, Adagio and Fugue BWV 564|
|Handel||Concerto in F major (The Cuckoo and the Nightingale) - 2nd movement - Allegro|
|Hollins||Concert Overture in C minor|
|Ives||Variations on America|
|Dupre||Cortège et Litanie|
|Berlioz||Hungarian March (The Damnation of Faust)|
|Cochereau||Toccata Improvisée (Symphonie de Boston)|
Jeffrey Howard was born in Cardiff and studied at the University of Wales College, Cardiff and the Royal Academy of Music, London. He is Director of Music at St John’s College, Cardiff and Cardiff Metropolitan Cathedral and continues a career as organist, pianist, coach and conductor. Accompanying work with international opera and light entertainment singers including Sir Bryn Terfel, Sir Willard White, Dennis O'Neill, Rebecca Evans, Alfie Boe, Michael Ball, Shan Cothi, Ruth Madoc, Katherine Jenkins and more informally, Dame Shirley Bassey. As an arranger Jeff has worked with the RPO, RLPO, The BBC NOW, WNO, CBSO and the Budapest Symphony Orchestra and often appears as keyboard soloist for Karl Jenkins.
Jeff has been a Vocal Coach at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Welsh National Opera and Welsh National Youth Opera, Wales International Academy of Voice and on the Music Theatre Course at the RWCMD and was a Vocal Tutor at Cardiff and Bristol Universities. His choral conducting activities include Treorchy Male Choir, Cambrensis Choir, The St David’s Praise Choir and the National Eisteddfod of Wales Choir.
In 1996, Jeff was Guest Artist in Residence at First United Methodist Church, Lubbock, Texas and performed each week on their televised services. Other organ playing work has included performances at the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, St Paul’s Cathedral, Notre Dame de Paris, Washington National Cathedral and many UK cathedrals and television and radio appearances. He was organ soloist at St David’s Cathedral Pembrokeshire in the Organ Symphony by Saint-Saens with the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera as well as with Cardiff Philharmonic Orchestra with whom he has also performed Rachamninov’s Second Piano Concerto, Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and Saint-Saens’ Carnival of the Animals.
Jeff's skills as an arranger and orchestrator are in great demand and he frequently provides pieces for the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales, Songs of Praise, S4C and various solo artists including Bryn Terfel and Go Compare tenor, Wynne Evans. As accompanist, singer and arranger for Only Men Aloud!, he toured the UK twice in 2009 and released two albums with them on the Universal label. Their second album, 'Band of Brothers', for which Jeff did many of the arrangements, won them a Classical Brit in 2010.. During lockdown, Jeff accompanied Sir Bryn Terfel in a live link-up - Met Stars Live in Concert from Brecon Cathedral which was streamed live to the world in association with the Metropolitan Opera of New York and they will repeat this programme at Snape Maltings in Suffolk in December 2021.
Jeff has been the recipient of the Joseph Parry Award for his services to music in Wales and in the 2019 New Year Honours List, Jeff was awarded the British Empire Medal.
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