Howard Ionascu

Head of Junior Academy


Junior Academy - Director

Director of Junior Academy

Founder of Laudate Choir

Previously Director of Music at The King’s School, Canterbury

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Howard studied music at Manchester University before being appointed Vicar Choral in Wells Cathedral Choir. Whilst at Wells, he sang on many recordings, broadcasts and international tours. In 1997 he founded The Laudate Choir, a choir of young singers, which continues to perform regularly in London as well as further afield. With the Laudate Choir, he has recorded various CDs for Meridian and Priory Records and performed with The City of London Sinfonia, English Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonia Britannica and Onyx Brass. Howard has also been Musical Director of Bournemouth Sinfonietta Choir, Finchley Children’s Music Trebles Choir, The Esterhazy Singers in London and worked with Guildford Choral Society, City of London Choir, as well as on Eton Choral Courses as a Guest Conductor.

Prior to his post as Director of Junior Academy, Howard taught at Radley College, Royal Grammar School, Guildford and most recently as Director of Music at The King¹s School, Canterbury. In 2007, Howard undertook a six month Conducting Fellowship in Australia, leading workshops and masterclasses across New South Wales.

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@HowardIonascu • Jul 12
Details of my first concert with @ExeterPhil just announced…very excited.
@HowardIonascu • Jul 08
A glimpse of one of the things in store for our final concert of the #Junioracademy year 3.30pm Duke's Hall
@HowardIonascu • Jul 04
In the stunningly beautiful Gozo for tonight's concert of English Song by #junioracademy singers in Victoria Arts F……
@HowardIonascu • Jul 01
Hugely proud of the #junioracademy symphony orchestra today. @gergelymadaras Now to Gozo/VIAF with 1st study singers! @RoyalAcadMusic
@HowardIonascu • Jun 30
Eager anticipation for tomorrow's Duke's Hall 3.45pm concert @RoyalAcadMusic with @gergelymadaras conducting Bernstein, Barber & Mussorgsky