Howard Goodall

(1958 - )


Howard Goodall is an EMMY, BRIT, Gramophone and BAFTA winning composer of choral music, stage musicals, film and TV scores.

Choral Music: His settings of Psalm 23 and Love Divine are amongst the most performed of all sacred music in the UK, featuring on several platinum-selling CDs. Eternal Light: A Requiem has had over 600 live performances and earned him a Classical BRIT composer of the year. His work has been commissioned to mark many national ceremonies:  Rigaudon accompanied Queen Elizabeth II on her Diamond Jubilee Regatta; his anthem Sure of the Sky - Des Himmels sicher was performed in the presence of all heads of state of combatant nations at the St Symphorien Military Cemetery, Mons, to mark the centenary of the start of WW1.  Every Purpose under the Heaven: The King James Bible Oratorio  was commissioned to mark the 400th anniversary of the publication of the King James Bible. His recent Invictus: A Passion received its premiere in Houston, then London where it was also broadcast and is now premiering around the world. 

Stage Musicals: Howard’s first West End musical The Hired Man, opened in 1984 and has since been performed all over the world, winning many international awards. Other West End musicals include Girlfriends, The Kissing-Dance, the dreaming, Love Story and Bend it Like Beckham.

TV & Film scores:  Howard is well known for dozens of theme tunes including Blackadder, Red Dwarf, The Vicar of Dibley, QI, Mr Bean (TV & film) and Johnny EnglishClick here for a list of available sheet music from Howard's TV and film scores.

Howard was Composer-in-Residence for Classic FM for many years and released four best-selling choral discs for the station: Enchanted Voices, Enchanted Carols, Pelican in the Wilderness and Inspired.

He is also a distinguished music historian and award-winning broadcaster. 


'Goodall's evocative score. Catchy and tuneful, it is skilfully constructed… a reminder that he remains one of the most distinctive and undervalued composers in British musical theatre of the last 25 years.'
Opera Now
'Strong melodies… Goodall's music is haunting and tuneful, Numbers find their enhanced melodious, emotionally rich voice.'
The Telegraph
'Howard Goodall's gorgeous score …..ranges from an exquisite traditional wedding lament to mainstream musical-theatre…'
The Independent
'The music is searing … vignettes that touch the heart and feed the spirit …. there is nothing on Broadway to equal its simplicity…
New York Tribune
'Composer Howard Goodall is a master of musical idioms… An altogether vital score by Howard Goodall. All the choral writing is tremendous…'
Financial Times
'The simplicity is beguiling.'
The Times
'Howard Goodall's score is one of the finest I have heard… its has its own cumulative choral vitality and ability… to penetrate one's emotional defences!'
The Guardian
'… one of the great British musicals of the decade.'
Sheridan Morley
'… it is full of surging, instantly memorable melodies that exhibit composer Howard Goodall's trademark affinity for breathtaking choral work.'
London Theatre Review


Howard Goodall has a webstore, where printed sheet music and digital downloads can be purchased online. Click here to visit the store.


Howard Goodall's new album "Invictus: A Passion" is now out on Coro Connections. Click here to see the promotional video.

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