Robert Howarth with the AAM in London and Gloucester

Robert HowarthHaving previously directed Poppea with the group Conductor Robert Howarth leads performances of the Monteverdi Vespers 1610 with the Academy of Ancient Music on June 23 at The Barbican, London and July 14 in Gloucester Cathedral as part of The Cheltenham Festival. At the Dartington Summer School he directs a programme of Great Baroque Sonatas on August 5 and Purcell King Arthur on August 10.

A shimmering, captivating choral sound

 Robert Howarth conducts the  Monteverdi Vespers 1610 with the Orchestra and Choir of the Enlightenment for the inaugural recording on OAE Released.  You can find details and audio snippets at 

Robert Howarth has assigned the parts to more versatile voices which can follow Monteverdi’s partbook outside their comfort zone, while using ingenious blends of voices to achieve a shimmering, captivating choral sound that seems to float effortlessly through the psalms.”-  The Independent

ExhiliratingBBC Radio 3 CD Review available to listen again until 4/3/11

A rebel with a cause

Set against the political turmoil and tensions between London and Edinburgh in the early 18th century, Rebellion! – Music of the Jacobite Rebellions by Handel, Geminiani & Avison was inspired by the discovery of a Charles Avison (1709-1770) manuscript of songs in tribute to the Jacobite Rebellions of 1715 and 1745. Siding with King George I, Handel had his own comments to make.  On A CD just released by Cavalier Classics, Robert Howarth directs The Avison Ensemble in this unique musical exploration of the causes north and south of the border.The programme can be heard live at St Cecilia’s Hall, Edinburgh on October 30.
In strong contrast, at King’s Place, London Howarth recently committed to disc the Monteverdi Vespers with the Orchestra and Choir of the Enlightenment.  Following a successful European tour of the work earlier this year, this inaugural release on the OAE’s own label with be availble in Spring 2011.

Robert Howarth conducts a talented young cast in rare performances on Antonio de Almeida’s La Spinalba at The Guildhall School of Music , London on November 4, 6, 8 & 10. Listen to the podcast interview with the creative team here.

Robert Howarth and Monteverdi

Later this month renaissance specialist Robert Howarth conducts the Monteverdi Vespers 1610 for a tour with The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and The Choir of the Age of Enlightenment:
April 27   Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
April 28   Muziekcentrum Frits Philips, Eindhoven
April 29   Muziekcentrum Wilmersberg Zaal, Enschede
April 30   Philharmonie, Berlin
May 2     St George’s, Bristol
May 26    Salisbury Cathedral

He will be Petroc Trelawny’s guest for Radio 3’s In Tune on April 20 and appears with the OAE at Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford on Avon on April 23 directing The Glory of Venice, a programme featuring the work of  Monteverdi and his contemporaries.