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Anne Howard

Dr Anne Howard began studying the piano at the age of 4, and had passed both Grade 8 Piano and Clarinet with distinction by the age of 12 and studied at the Junior Academy before winning a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music, London, where she studied piano with Leslie England- a former student at the Blackheath Conservatoire who also won a scholarship from Blackheath to the Royal Academy of Music in 1916- Dennis Murdock and Peter Katin; Clarinet with Alan Hacker and Organ with Reginald Adams and Francis Jackson.
During this time she gained the LRAM; ARCM; ALCM and ATCL diplomas and in 1969 won a scholarship to the Paris Conservatoire of Music to attend piano master classes with Nadia Boulanger.
Returning from Paris she became Director of Music at St. Mary’s Convent School in Folkestone and Organist and Director of Music at St. Joseph’s RC Church where she remained for 10 years.
From 1979 – 1988 she was appointed Director of Music at St. George’s Roman Catholic Cathedral in Southwark and had the honour of conducting the combined Diocesan choirs for the visit of Pope John Paul 11 to Great Britain in 1982. Subsequently the Cathedral Choir was invited to sing for a Papal Mass in St. Peter’s Rome and had a private audience with the Pope. This was one of the first of many visits to Rome and playing the organ for Papal Masses. During this time she conducted the Cathedral Choir choir for BBC Songs of Praise, BBC World Service, Radio 4, Radio 3, Frost on Sunday, Capital Radio with Chris Tarrant, GMTV (now Daybreak) and live broadcast with After 9 with Lorraine Kelly.
At the same time Anne was Director of Music at More House School, from 1986 -1993 after which she was appointed Director of Music at Sydenham High School for Girls from 1993 – 2002 .
In 1990 she was awarded the Archbishops' Certificate in Church Music.and GVM Maynard Prize for the highest marks in the country for Choral Training and was appointed an examiner for the Guild of Church Musicians where she examined organists and choir directors for the A.Cert.C.M diploma in Roman Catholic Liturgical Performance.
From 1988-2001 she was an Examiner and Moderator for Edexcel Board GCSE  Music Performance and Composition.

In December 2000 she had the honour of playing the organ in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem for Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve which was attended by Yasser Arafat and his wife, followed by Mass in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem on New Year’s Day to see in the new Millennium.
Anne has been awarded an Honorary Fellow of the Guild of Church Musicians, Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Church Musicians and an Honorary Fellow of The Guild of Saint Cecilia for her services to Church Music.
She has been associated with the Conservatoire since 1996 as a Theory/Piano/Aural teacher and accompanist and steward for the ABRSM examinations as well as organising, auditioning and accompanying our junior students for the termly ‘Showtime’ - a concert which enables beginners to perform in front of a supportive audience for the first time. ‘This is the most rewarding work at the Conservatoire - to see the young people perform for the first time and then see their confidence grow over the years forming the next generation of musicians’.

"It has been a delight and a privilege to share my love of music with so many students of all ages over the years in such a wonderfully supportive environment at The Conservatoire. I try to communicate that love in the hope that it will bring joy and enrich lives as the Conservatoire students and tutors have brought, taught and given to me. I am truly thankful."