Dr Howard J Evans, , LRAM, LTCL, ARCM(Hons), MA(Dist), DMA
Howard is a Mus.B (Hons) graduate from the University of Manchester. He also holds LRAM, LTCL and ARCM (Hons) diplomas. As a postgraduate pianist at the Royal Northern College of Music, he gained a Diploma in Performance Studies, where his piano studies were undertaken with the distinguished Russian pianist and international teacher, Sulamita Aronovsky. He completed his
Performance based MA (Dist) from Salford University, majoring in conducting. This was followed in July 2009 by his subsequent award of ‘Doctor of Musical Arts’ (DMA) from Salford University. As a pianist and conductor he has performed at many major concert venues
throughout the United Kingdom. He has also made regular visits overseas to Canada and the USA, as well as to The Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Germany, Austria, France, and Switzerland.
Howard has held posts including the National Bandmaster for the Salvation Army in the UK from 1988 to 1992, during his period of officership within the SA; Director of Music for the SA in the Netherlands, and conductor of the Amsterdam
Staff Band from 2000 through to 2006. From 2007 to 2015 he held the post as Director of Classical Performance at the University of Salford. He has also been Bandmaster of the Boscombe Salvation Army band since April 2002, through to June 2019, and these years have produced a numerous significant recordings within the SA repertoire.
He has also often worked as a guest conductor for a number of major bands, directing at the RNCM Festival of Brass with the Leyland Band, the Grimethorpe Colliery Band and with the Brighouse and Rastrick Band, as well as appearing with these bands at other concerts. He was also engaged as the musical director for the Jaren Hornmusikkforening, an Elite Division band in Norway, from January 2012 to 2017. He also directed the Eikanger-Bjorsvik Band in Bergen in 2017 in between their successes at the Norwegian National and the European Championships. His
contesting appearances include directing the Woodfalls Band at the British Open in 2016, and a first section area win with Bournemouth Concert Brass in 2018.
Howard also has a number of published compositions for brass band and wind band. His most recent commission was from the Euphonium soloist Steven Mead, for a solo which has been titled: ‘Pastorale – My Joy and Crown’. The work is to be featured on a recording released later in 2019 with the Brighouse & Rastrick Band.
In addition he has undertaken work as an examiner for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music in Singapore, Macao, China, Poland, Oman, Portugal, and the UK, since 1998. He has been engaged on numerous adjudication assignments for brass bands and music festivals, both at home and abroad.