Robert Howarth took up the appointment as Director of Music at the University Church from September 2018.
Robert is a Conductor and Harpsichordist with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. He studied music at the University of York where he won the Paynter Prize for his “outstanding musical performance”. He conducts regularly for the Grange Festival (Handel’s Agrippina- 2018, Monteverdi’s Ulisse – 2017) and is returning to Opera North in January for a new production of Mozart’s Magic Flute. He has given Masterclasses at the Royal Academy of Music, Trinity Laban Conservatoire, and the Royal Northern College of Music. He is also a coach for the Jette-Parker Young Artists at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. He conducts regularly across Europe with both Modern and Period Instrument Ensembles. Robert was the Music Director of the play Farinelli and the King, written by Claire Van Kampen and starring Mark Rylance. Following its premiere in the Sam Wannamaker Theatre, the production transferred to the West End. Last year it had a three-month run on Broadway, to high critical acclaim.
His work in the UK has seen him conducting at Opera North (Handel’s Giulio Cesare), Welsh National Opera (Monteverdi’s Ulisse), Glyndebourne (Charpentier – Les descente d’Orphée aux enfers), The Halle Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia, The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, The English Concert, and The Academy of Ancient Music.
Robert’s work with choirs has seen him many times in Spain conducting their massed-choir Messiahsfor the Obra Sociale, La Caixa Concerts Pariticipatius. Performances. These have been in Barcelona, Madrid, Alicante, Gran Canarias, Bilbao and Seville. Whilst usually taking the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Choir of the Enlightenment, he has also conducted the Bilbao Sinfonica and the Royal Orchestra of Seville.