David is an organist, choir conductor and choral singer and
he links his musical interests in with his research whenever
possible. From September 2015, David conducts Consonance, a local small choir
that sings Evensong in St. Helen's Church in York
approximately monthly, and he conducts York Cantores.
Until 2014 he was the conductor of the Vale
of York Voices that sang Evensong once a month in York
Minster. He is always looking for opportunities to play
interesting pipe organs; they are so varied and typically,
each one is unique.
David is very proud to have been made an Honorary Member
of the Association of Croatian Choral Directors after
giving an Invited Keynote at the Ars
Choralis 2014 Conference and to have been presented
with a plaque for his Scientific Research in the field
David gives lectures to encourage public understanding of
science, engineering and technology as often as possible and
has led a number of Cafe Scientifique events, National
Science and Engineering Week stands, and has appeared on TV
as presenter (Voice and Castrato for BBC4-TV)
and many times as an interviewee. He works with Francis
Newton on providing healthy voice use advice and guidance
workshops as 'Voice Matters'.
David presented papers at the 11th
Pan European Voice Conference (PEVOC-XI) in
Firenze in September 2015 and took part in two
invited Round Table discussions at the MAVEBA and
COMET events running in parallel. The Vocal Tract
Organ was featured along with work on voice
synthesis and vocal tract acoustic measurements.
It was be a 2015 Grand Tour as he drove to Firenze
in an MX5.
David has writtenChoral Singing and
Healthy Voice Productionfor choral
directors and choir singers which was launched in
St. Sepulchre's, London with Ralph Allwood (who
wrote the Foreword) with his Rodolfus Choir on
Friday 20th February 2015. It covers voice
production, vocal health, choral singing, warm-up
exercises, and tuning and blend with examples to
be used in rehearsals to develop skills. Published
Leaf Media. Available on Amazon.
Comments from Ninevoices.
David presented the Vocal Tract
Organ in Berlin in November 2014 at the Die stimme
im Ausnahmezustand event. The focus is on unusual
voice performance instruments and how they are
used in practice. This is a 'by invitation'
presentation which is rather special!
Here is David Howard with David
Howard as I am wearing a David Howard dahlia.
The dahliais not named after me but
after a British nurseryman. It can suffer from
earwigs, caterpillars, aphids and glasshouse red
spider mite. Rather smart!
David worked with Andy Hunt at the
inclusive' music event in the Ron Cooke Hub,
University of York on 1st March 2014 demonstrating
new musical instruments and controllers including
the Vocal Tract Organ.
David was a Keynote at the SEMPRE
(Society for Education, Music and Psychology
'Researching Music, Education, Technology:
Critical Insights' conference at the Institute of
Education, London, 2-3 April 2014 where he
presented his Vocal Tract Organ.
David was invited to the Ars Choralis 2014,
Symposium on Chorusology in Croatia
(24-26 April 2014). There he will conduct and
accompany a local choir at the opening ceremony
and give a Keynote Paper on the Choral Sound.
side A, side
B). David is very proud to have been made an
Honorary Member of the Association of Croatian
Choral Directors and to have been presented
with a plaque for his Scientific Research in the
field of Chorusology at this event.
David will give a Gresham
Lecture as part of the 2014 City
of London Festival on Monday 30th June 2014
at 18.00 on The science of choral singing
(venue and further details to be confirmed).
David has written a new book on The
Sound for choral directors and choir singers
to be published in 2014 by Willowleaf Publishing.
It covers voice production, choral singing,
warm-up exercises, and tuning and blend with
examples to be used in rehearsals to develop
skills. For advance notice of publication, email
David appeared on French television
'Arte' in Les
mystères de la voix humaine on Arte
on 22nd December 2013 at 22:25. In it he discusses
the function and acoustics of the human singing
voice and illustrates this with examples from his
Vocal Tract Organ using an extract from his Vocal
Vision II with York soloists David
Howard and Ben Lindley.
David was been invited to speak at
Choral Association meeting in Pecs, Hungary
on 9th November 2014 on his work on choir research
which is part of an EU funded project titled
(Vision On Innovation in Choral music in Europe).
There he will outline the UK part of this project
which is on healthy choral singing. (Download
Past events ...
2015 (20th July): Consonance sang
evensong for the festival of St Margaret of Antioch in St.
Helen's, York and David's setting in Db was premiered.
2015 (22nd June): Consonance sang evensong
for St. Alban's Day in St. Helen's York.
2015 (2nd March): Consonance sang evensong
for St. David's Day in St. Helen's York.
2015 (26th Jan): Consonance sang its first
Evensong in St. Helen's York.
2014 (5th Dec): David's choir Consonance
performed for Save the Children at Tong Hall, Bradford: Christmas
2013 (13th Dec): David sang at Fairfax
House, York in the AdHoc vocal quartet: Of a
rose is all my song.
2013 (6th Dec): David's choir Consonance
gave its inaugural performance for Save the Children at
Tong Hall, Bradford: Christmas Music.
2013 (5th Oct): David gave an Invited Lecture for
the Combined British
Association(BVA) and Association of
British Choir Directors (ABCD) Meeting:
Voice Science for Choirs, Royal
Academy of Music, London: The sound of the choir singer. 2013 (29th Sept): David gave an Invited Lecture with
Ballatrix (World Female Beatboxing
Champion) for the British Voice Association
(BVA) Meeting: Interactive Rock and Pop Day, George IVth
Pub, Chiswick, London: The science of beatboxing.
2013 (30th June): David was invited to give a
lecture at the British
Voice Association Meeting: Lend me your ears, Baden
Powell House, London on The influence of
room acoustics on voice: Perception and adaption. 2013
(30th June): David was invited to give the AnnualGunnar Rugheimer
Lecture for the British Voice Association
Meeting at the personal invitation of the President:
Lend me your ears, Baden Powell House, London: The singing voice in performance –
the shape of the vocal tract and its acoustics.