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HOWELLS, Herbert (Norman)
b Lydney, Gloucestershire, 17 October 1892
d London, 24 February 1983, aged ninety

In 1912 he won an open scholarship to the Royal College of Music. Ill-health cut short his first appointment as sub-organist at Salisbury Cathedral, but in 1920 he started teaching composition at the Royal College of Music and continued until the age of eighty. From 1936 to 1962 he was director of music at St Paul's Girls' School, succeeding Holst. In 1950 he was appointed King Edward VII professor of music at London University. He was made a CBE in 1953 and a Companion of Honour in 1972.

1913 (21)

Piano Concerto No 1

1914 (22)

The Tinker's Song, for two voices and piano

Variations for eleven instruments

1915 (23)

Three Dances for violin and orchestra

1916 (24)

Suite, 'The B's', for orchestra

Lady Audrey's Suite, for string quartet

Piano Quartet

1917 (25)

Elegy for viola and string quartet

Rhapsodic Quintet, for clarinet and string quartet

Suite for clarinet and piano

1917-20 (25-8)

Puck's Minuet and Merry-Eye, for orchestra

1918 (26)

Sir Patrick Spens, for chorus and orchestra

Phantasy, for string quartet

1918-20 (26-8)

Three Carol-anthems

1918-23 (26-31)

Three Sonatas for violin and piano

1922 (30)

Sine Nomine, for two voices, chorus and orchestra

Procession, for orchestra

1923 (31)

Pastoral Rhapsody, for orchestra

String Quartet, In Gloucestershire

1923 5 (31-3)

Six Choral Songs

1924 (32)

Piano Concerto No 2

1925 (33)

My Eyes for Beauty Pine, for chorus and organ

Paradise Rondel, for orchestra

1933 (41)

A Kent Yeoman's Wooing Song, for voices, chorus and orchestra

1934 (42)

Pageantry, for brass band

1938 (46)

Hymnus Paradisi, for voices, chorus and orchestra

1939 (47)

Concerto for strings

1941 (49)

Four Anthems

1943 (51)

Sonata for oboe and piano 1

944 (52)

Collegium Regale, canticles for chorus Suite for strings

1946 (54)

Gloucester Canticles, for chorus

1949 (57)

Music for a Prince, suite for orchestra Sonata for clarinet and piano

A Maid Peerless, for four voices, female chorus, strings and piano

1949-58 (57-66)

Three Motets

1951 (59)

Cello Concerto (unfinished)

1954 (62)

Missa Sabrinensis, for voices, chorus and orchestra

St Paul's Canticles, for chorus

1956 (64)

An English Mass, for chorus

1958 (66)

St John's Canticles, for chorus Missa Aedis Christi, for chorus

1960 (68)

Triptych, for brass band

1961 (69)

A Hymn for St Cecilia, for chorus and orchestra

A Sequence for St Michael, for chorus

1963 (71)

Stabat Mater, cantata

1964 (72)

Motet on the Death of President Kennedy, for chorus

1968 (76)

The Coventry Mass, for chorus and organ Sarum Canticles, for chorus Winchester Canticles, for chorus

1974 (82)

Exultate Deo, for chorus and organ

1976 (84)

The Fear of the Lord, for chorus and organ Let All the World, antiphon for chorus Come My Soul, anthem for chorus Sweetest of Sweetes, anthem for chorus Howells also wrote other choral works, about forty songs, and keyboard works.

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