organist, pianist, choral director, singer
David M Howard is an Organist, Choir Director, Accompanist and Choral Singer. His professional research work into human voice production, particularly pitch, choral tuning and the part that timbre plays in this informs much of his choral conducting practice and choral research activities.

David published a book on choral singing: Choral singing and healthy voice production, (2015), Willow Leaf Publishing.

Musical Director of Feltham Choral Society
David has been the Musical Director of Feltham Choral Society, a local group of keen singers who really enjoy making music together. We perform a mixture of more major works that have included: The Creation, Nelson Mass and Insanae et vanae curae by Josef Haydn; The Stabat Mater (4-part version) by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi; The Crucifixion by Sir John Stainer; Fantasia on Christmas Carols by Ralph Vaughan Williams; Ceremony of Carols by Benjamin Britten, The Benedicite by Andrew Carter; a variety of numbers from The Operettas of Sir William Schwenck Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan; alongside numerous shorter choral works including a few  arrangements I have created myself. Feltham Choral Society presents three concerts a year in St. Dunstan's Church, Feltham.

Previously, David conducted Consonance in York, who sang Choral Evensongs in St. Helen's Church, York and gave occasional concerts, Vale of York Voices who sang evensong in York Minster approximately once a month on Mondays when the Minster Choir had its day off and the Beningbrough Singers, an eight part close harmony singing group in York. Prior to moving to York, David Conducted the Cavendish Singers and was a member of the Alan Wilson Singers.

David is organist at St. Mary's Thorpe (2 manuals and pedals, 13 speaking stop tracker - Lewis of Brixton) dating from around 1912. He has access to the Royal Holloway Chapel Organ for practice (3 manuals and pedals, 37 speaking stop - Harrison and Harrison). He has played regularly for many years from the age of 14 as an organist in a local church, previously at St. Luke's Burtonstone Lane in York (2 manuals and pedals, 14 speaking stop tracker - Nelson of Durham), Christ the King University Church in Gordon Square, London WC1 (3 manuals and pedals, 60 speaking stop - Gray and Davison). His first organist position (from age 14) was at St. Michael and All Angels, Cuxton, Kent (2 manuals and pedals, 12 speaking stop tracker - Forster and Andrews). He has an electronic organ for home practice (3 manuals and pedals, 43 speaking stop Walsingham by Norwich Organs ).

David is very proud to be able to perform and have a piece of organ music dedicated to him, Fantasia on Ubi Caritas, by his dear friend, Alan Wilson.

David works with Sarah Louise Leonard (soprano) giving recitals in the local area including a Christmas Recital at St Mary's Thorpe, an evening concert at Stokenchurch church,
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Synthesizer player

In the past he has done extensive work playing synthesizers in church (David was the author of the Royal School of Church Music's: Synthesizers in Worship) with professional composer, organist and harpsichord player Alan Wilson. Alan and David were the first to use synthesizers on Radio 2's Sunday Half Hour and Radio 4's Morning Worship.


David has a few compositions: Postlude for Mae (for Organ), a chant for Psalm 76, Vocal Vision I for pre-programmed four-part vowel synthesis and two sopranos (Vocal Vision I on YouTube) and Vocal Vision II for two-part live synthesiser with a tenor and bass (Vocal Vision II on YouTube). He also arranged O mio babbino (Puccini) to enable it to be accompanied on his Vocal Tract Organ in front of HRH The Princess Royal (O mio babbino performance on YouTube).

David playing the Vocal Tract Organ
These resources are on David's YouTube channel (doctordmh)

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