Chester Philharmonic Orchestra

Richard Howarth

Richard Howarth has had a distinguished career as a violinist, leading and directing orchestras for over thirty years. In recent years he has been in increasing demand as a conductor.

Richard has conducted Manchester Camerata, the Ulster Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the London, Scottish and Manchester Concert Orchestras and, from the violin, has directed Manchester Camerata and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. He conducts/directs his own orchestra, Manchester Sinfonia. In 2011 Richard travelled to Jordan to work with the Amman Symphony Orchestra.

Richard is in demand as a string coach/conductor and works regularly at the Royal Northern College of Music and Chetham’s School of Music.   He enjoys working with amateur groups and is Principal Conductor of Sale Chamber Orchestra and Westmorland Orchestra and has recently been appointed Conductor/Music Director of Blackburn Symphony Orchestra. He is a regular guest conductor of Chester Philharmonic Orchestra and Wrexham Symphony Orchestra. Richard conducts the East Midlands String Orchestra and the East Midlands Youth String Orchestra run by Nottingham based Music for Everyone.

Trained as a violinist at the Royal College of Music in London, Richard worked with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra and as Leader of the Ulster Orchestra before becoming Leader of Manchester Camerata. He has been a guest leader with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC Scottish and Welsh Symphony Orchestras, the BBC Philharmonic, the Halle, Orchestra of St John’s Smith Square, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, East of England Orchestra and Bournemouth Sinfonietta.

Richard runs and directs the successful Manchester Chamber Ensemble and is a member of Trio Melzi with pianist Sarah Beth Briggs and cellist Hannah Roberts.