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 • Nov 17
A very warm welcome to our 200+ guests today for #junioracademy Open Day @RoyalAcadMusic
@HowardIonascu • Nov 10
Beautiful sky over @ExeterCathedral this afternoon. Stage is all set for this evening’s concert with @ExeterPhil an……
@HowardIonascu • Nov 07
Great rehearsal with the wind and brass last night @RoyalAcadMusic for Saturday’s Bruckner/Rutter concert on Saturd……
@HowardIonascu • Nov 03
Great job - many thanks for the wonderful feedback on each student.…
@HowardIonascu • Oct 29
I’m going to put it out there ...the Benedictus from Bruckner Mass in E minor is one of the toughest things a chora……