Remembered: (UK) The Renaissance Singers "Michael Howard Remembered" (September 14th 1922 - January 4th 2002)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 04, 2013

Organist, choir director and founder of The Renaissance Society

“In a musical career spanning over four decades Michael Howard influenced many hundreds of musicians, both amateur and professional. He holds a significant place in the history of the twentieth century revival of interest in pre-Baroque music.

Michael Howard was born in 1922 the son of Frank Howard a distinguished viola player who had been a founding member of Beecham's Philharmonic orchestra and player in Andre Mangeot's International String Quartet. His lifelong love of steam traction was sparked by the family home's proximity to the GWR ("God's Wonderful Railway") and to Walpole Park in Ealing which was used by the travelling fairgrounds. …

… Howard returned to London and founded The Renaissance Society and its performing arm, The Renaissance Singers. Their first concert was in July 1944 in Marylebone Parish Church and shortly afterwards Howard became organist at Christchurch Woburn Square. He began furthering his ambition by developing The Renaissance Singers' profile, giving talks on the BBC and applying for cathedral organist positions. …”

Visit the Renaissance Singers’ web pages on Michael Howard’s contribution to the group’s creation. Please keep Michael Howard in your thoughts on this day.