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Herbert Norman Howells

Herbert Norman Howells (1892-1983)


Herbert Howells was an English composer, born in Lydney in Gloucestershire. He gained his musical background in the traditions of the Church of England, as both a chorister and an organist, and it is in this vein that the majority of his works were written. He studied under Herbert Brewer at Gloucester Cathedral and was deeply influenced by the writing of Vaughan Williams and the much earlier Tudor school of composition. Much of his music draws on this Renaissance heritage, reworking it in new and original ways.

Further Reading: Howells

 Recording of the Week, Howells from David Hill and the Bach Choir

David Hill leads the Bach Choir and BBC Concert Orchestra in a masterful new recording of Howells's monumental Missa Sabrinensis - a rarely-heard masterpiece ripe for revival.

 Interview, Guy Johnston & Jonathan Clinch on the Howells Cello Concerto

David talks to cellist Guy Johnston and musicologist Jonathan Clinch about Howells's Cello Concerto - recently reconstructed by Clinch, recorded by Johnston and released on the King's College label.

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