Philip Howells

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About Philip

I'm a percussionist who lives in Haverfordwest. I can perform at workshops, concerts, recitals and band gigs. I'm prominently a soloist.

Philip Howells (27) was born in Pembrokeshire, Wales and started learning drum kit at the age of 10. He went on to achieve a Trinity Guildhall certificate in his Grade 6 exam, being the only candidate to have a High Honours score (97/100) in Wales. Aged 11, he began learning tuned percussion; glockenspiel, xylophone and marimba. In 2011, Philip continued his music education at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance, London. He graduated with a BMus (Hons) in Orchestral Percussion & Timpani last December. During his school years, he was a member of many Welsh national music ensembles and orchestras including; Welsh National Youth Opera Orchestra, National Youth Orchestra of Wales, National Youth Wind Orchestra of Wales, National Youth Brass Band of Wales, National Youth Jazz of Wales as well as Pembrokeshire Percussion Ensemble and the Pembrokeshire County Orchestra. In 2009, Philip won 1st place in the Open Percussion category at the Pembrokeshire Schools Chevron Music Festival and was the overall winner, gaining an opportunity to perform a concerto by Paul Sarcich called “Concerto da Camera for Percussion and Strings”. In 2010, Philip composed a piece for the Lunar Saxophone Quartet and a piece for piano sextet (Pianocircus) at the Young Composer of Dyfed. Finally, he won 1st prize at the Gladys Puttick Improvisation Competition for performing an impromptu piece on the vibraphone at Trinity Laban in 2015. Philip has also been involved with well-known brass bands such as Goodwick Brass Band, Tongwynlais Temperance Band and the Ebbw Valley Brass Band where he has taken part in brass band competitions at Blackpool, the Birmingham Symphony Hall and the Royal Albert Hall. During his time at Trinity Laban, he was lucky enough to collaborate with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain where he has performed at the Royal Festival Hall and the Royal Albert Hall. In March 2012, Philip was one of the percussionists playing Heiner Gobbels’ “Surrogate Cities” at the Royal Festival Hall, which was simultaneously broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Other ensembles include the Blackheath Halls Opera Orchestra, Braziliero Big Band, Trinity Laban Symphony Orchestra, Trinity Laban Sinfonia, Trinity Laban Opera and the Trinity Laban Percussion Ensemble. In July 2014, Philip was asked to play Bartok’s “Sonata for 2 Pianos and Percussion” at the Harwich Festival of the Arts. Having graduated, Philip is back in Pembrokeshire and is currently playing as a drummer in a band called "The Travelling Tiddlys". He intends to start private tuition in drums/percussion and possibly start tuition for a Masters degree in the future.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I require car parking close to venues
I have my own portable piano/keyboard
I can perform with backing tracks
My equipment is PAT tested
Classical, Contemporary classical, Film / TV music, Musical theatre, World music, African music
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Marimba, Percussion, Vibraphone, Drum kit, Singer (tenor), Xylophone, Timpani, Piano, Keyboard, Ukulele
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Event types:
Concert, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Recording session
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Other skills:
Arranger, Fluent improviser, Fluent sight-reader, Perfect pitch, Repetiteur
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From customers:

Harwich S, 5 years ago

As the person next to me said, you could have heard a pin drop, surely an indication of the appreciation not only of the soloists, but of the work itself. It even had the children entranced.

Greenwich V, 5 years ago

Of all the wonderful music to have graced the Old Royal Naval College's chapel over the centuries, little will have been more unexpected than this fascinating programme of pieces for marimba which will be played by one of Trinity Laban's most gifted percussionists.

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