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Rob Howard is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, conductor, teacher and, ultimately, a bassoonist. He studied music at the RNCM Junior School and Birmingham University (1995-98) and then undertook a Composition PhD at Goldsmiths College, London (1998-2003), whilst being a Concert Steward at the Royal Albert Hall.
Rob then returned home to Merseyside, taking a PGCE in Secondary Music at Edge Hill University. In 2007 he became Director of Music at Deyes High School, Maghull, which was renowned across the region for its musical excellence, touring New York, Paris, Rome and London. In 2008 the Deyes Gospel Voices reached the final of BBC TV’s Last Choir Standing. Rob is currently Assistant Head of Music Faculty (Head of Orchestral Music) at St Edward’s College, Liverpool, which, as the choir school to Liverpool’s Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, has a strong music tradition.
Rob continues to compose. In 2007, his four-movement Festival Suite was commissioned by Knowsley Performing Arts. Rob regularly composes for schools and especially for the annual 10-day Prescot Festival of Music & the Arts, which he founded in 2005. The festival was part of Liverpool’s Capital of Culture schedule in 2008, and Rob completed a Choral Evensong setting for the 2011 Festival. The Prescot Festival now welcomes audiences of over 1,500 each year, and features over 100 singers in the Prescot Festival Chorus.
Rob enjoys conducting two amateur orchestras on Merseyside – South Liverpool Orchestra (Liverpool Hope University) and Phoenix Concert Orchestra. Rob also conducts several orchestras at St Edward’s College and is Assistant Choir Master of Prescot Parish Church, where he also sings Bass. Rob additionally plays bassoon, violin and viola in several semi-professional orchestras.