Richard Howarth brings a wealth of experience and energy to orchestral conducting, inspiring both musicians and audiences. He is able to draw on a distinguished career as a violinist, leading and directing orchestras for over twenty years.
Until 2009, he conducted the MYSO (Manchester Youth String Orchestra), an advanced group for 11 to 18 year olds run by Manchester Music Service.
Amateur orchestras feature in Richard's work. He is Conductor/Music Director of Sale Chamber Orchestra and Westmorland Orchestra. As a guest, has conducted Chester Philharmonic Orchestra, Blackburn Symphony Orchestra, Wrexham Symphony Orchestra and Lancashire Chamber Orchestra. Richard coaches Huddersfield Philharmonic and Stockport Symphony Orchestra.
In order to engage with amateur players and to show them how to play to the best of their combined abilities, it is essential to have confidence in yourself and achievable targets for each session. Richard seems to strike a balance which enables all the participants to enjoy their own contribution and that of the whole group.