Richard Howarth

violin / conductor

Richard Howarth, after studying at the Royal College of Music in London, worked with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra and as Leader of the Ulster Orchestra before becoming Leader of Manchester Camerata. He has been a guest leader with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC Scottish and Welsh Symphony Orchestras, the BBC Philharmonic, the Halle, Orchestra of St John’s Smith Square, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, East of England Orchestra and Bournemouth Sinfonietta.

Richard directs Manchester Chamber Ensemble and is a member of Trio Melzi with cellist Jonathan Price and pianist Sarah Beth Briggs.In recent years Richard has been in increasing demand as a conductor. He has conducted Manchester Camerata, the Ulster Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the London, Scottish and Manchester Concert Orchestras and, from the violin, has directed Manchester Camerata and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

As an educator working with amateur groups, he is Principal Conductor of Sale Chamber Orchestra and Sheffield Chamber Orchestra and has just been appointed conductor of the Westmorland Orchestra. He regularly conducts Blackburn Symphony Orchestra and Chester Philharmonic Orchestra. Richard coaches orchestras at the Royal Northern College of Music and Chetham’s School of Music.