Howard's best-known themes & scores include Into the Storm (HBO/BBC), The Gathering Storm (HBO/BBC), The Borrowers, Mr Bean, Red Dwarf, The Catherine Tate Show, Q.I., Mr Bean's Holiday, Blackadder, and The Vicar of Dibley. In the theatre his many musicals have been performed throughout the English-speaking world, from London's West End to Off-Broadway, winning many international awards, including Ivor Novello and TMA Awards for Best Musical. This June will see the world première of Love Story at Chichester Festival Theatre and a touring revival of The Hired Man (1984) beginning at the Octagon Theatre, Bolton. In September, A Winter's Tale (2005) will open in London.
His music has been commissioned to mark numerous national ceremonies and memorials, most recently, A Song of Hope for the National Holocaust Memorial Event in London's Guildhall in January 2010. Autumn 2008 saw the début UK tour of his Eternal Light: A Requiem by the Rambert Dance Company, a choral-orchestral ballet & concert work commissioned by London Musici, simultaneously released on an EMI Classics CD which earned Howard a Classical BRIT® award for Composer of the Year. His settings of Psalm 23 and Love divine are amongst the most performed of all sacred music in the UK and have featured on numerous platinum-selling CDs. In the 2009 Top-selling 100 Specialist Classical CDs of the year, Goodall occupied the 1st, 4th and 9th positions. His 2009 Enchanted Voices collection, a setting of the Beatitudes, was no.1 of the Specialist Classical CD chart for 6 months. This May sees the release of two new CDs: The Seasons on EMI Classics, with the Tippett Quartet, and Enchanted Voices III: Psalms of David.
Howard hosts his own weekly show on Classic fm, for whom he is also Composer-in-residence, and writes and presents his own highly-successful TV documentary series on the theory and history of music. For these series he has been honoured by a BAFTA®, an RTS Judges' Prize and over a dozen other major international broadcast awards.
He is recipient of the Sir Charles Grove/Making Music Prize for Outstanding Contribution to British Music, the Naomi Sargant Memorial Award for Outstanding Contribution to Education in Broadcasting and in January 2007 he was appointed as the UK's first ever National Ambassador for Singing, leading a 4-year government-funded programme (Sing Up) to improve the provision of group singing for all primary-age children. As of March 2010, the Sing Up programme of teacher training, song resources, lesson plans and performance opportunities is active in 85% of all primary schools in England.