Howard Goodall

Patron of National Youth Choir of Scotland

The British Composer became involved with NYCoS after the Choir was invited by Rambert Dance Company to take part in its Eternal Light Tour when it came to Edinburgh at the end of October 2008. Eternal Light was a new collaboration by Mark Baldwin, Rambert’s Artistic Director and Howard Goodall.

Howard was extremely supportive in the lead up to this exciting venture, even managing to attend a NYCoS concert in September, where extracts of Eternal Light were performed. The piece includes three soloist parts, which were shared amongst seven NYCoS members. This gave the members the opportunity to show off their talent individually as well as shining together as a Choir. Howard was overwhelmed by the choir’s performance. As a result of the enthusiasm and support he has shown for NYCoS he was asked to become Patron of the Choir, a role that he gladly accepted.

Howard says:

“I am extremely proud and honoured to have become a patron of NYCoS, whose ravishingly fresh and beautiful sound I have admired for some time. Hearing NYCoS sing my music is an especially joyful and illuminating experience; I hope they never stop! As well as their exemplary recruitment and development programme to encourage as many young people as possible to join up and benefit from the NYCoS adventure, their educational work in schools is, frankly, superb and a great complement north of the border to the National Singing Programme I spearhead south of it. To be honest, although I am named 'Patron', I am in fact a FAN.”

Howard is a composer of choral music, stage musicals, film and TV scores, an award-winning broadcaster and an energetic campaigner for music education. In January 2007 he was appointed as England's first ever National Ambassador for Singing and he is Classic FM's Composer-in-Residence for 2008-9. He has composed many popular TV themes including Blackadder, Red Dwarf, Q.I. and the Vicar of Dibley.

Glasgow City Council