Orchestral Works

Score excerpts, descriptions and recordings of Robert A Howard’s orchestral compositions.

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Cortege (for orchestra, 2015)

Written for David Kernick & the 11th Annual Prescot Festival

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The recording below is by the South Liverpool Orchestra (Liverpool Hope University), conducted by the composer, from its second performance on 28/06/15. Below that is a video of the same performance by Alan Humphreys.

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Festival Suite (for orchestra, 2006-7)

Very much in the mould of Britten’s Simple Symphony, the suite is a revision of several of the composer’s earliest works. The recording below is by the South Liverpool Orchestra, conducted by the composer, at the 2016 Prescot Festival (26/06/16).

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Like Clockwork (2003)

Knowsley Youth Orchestra, conducted by Simon Gay

This is the complete version of the work. It later appeared in abridged form as the final movement of Festival Suite. Robert wrote about this composition, and the process of composing for a youth orchestra, in his 2003 PhD thesis.

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The Island (for chamber orchestra, 1999, revised 2003)
Performed by Northern Sinfonia, conducted by Baldur Bronnimann

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