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Vanessa Howells


Orchestral Experience

•    BBC Symphony Orchestra (Trial - Cor Anglais) from January 2024
•    Royal Opera House Orchestra (Extra Work, Principal, 2nd Oboe & Cor Anglais) from 2021 to present
•    English National Opera  (Extra work: 2nd oboe) from 2022 to present
•    Oxford Philharmonic - (Extra work: Oboe/Cor Anglais) from 2022 to present
•    Orquesta Sinfonica Castilla y Leon (Extra Work,  2nd Oboe) from 2021 to present
•    L’Orquestra Simfonica de Valles (Extra Work, 2nd Oboe) from 2021 to present
•    Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (Extra Work, 2nd Oboe) from 2020 to present
•    Philharmonia Orchestra (Trial – 2nd Oboe 2019 & Extra work, Cor Anglais)
•    Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (2nd Oboe Position) Sept 2016 – July 2018
•    Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (Extra Work, 2nd Oboe/Cor Anglais) from 2018 to present
•    BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra (Trial 2016 - 2nd Oboe/Principal and extra work to present)
•    City of London Sinfonia (Trial - 2nd Oboe/Cor Anglais) 2016  
•    BBC Philharmonic Orchestra (Trial 2015 – 2nd Oboe and extra work to present)
•    English National Ballet (Trial 2014 – 2nd Oboe/Cor Anglais and extra work to present)
•    Scottish Opera (Reserve Trial – Principal Oboe) 2014
•    Welsh National Opera Orchestra (Extra Work, Principal Oboe, 2nd Oboe/Cor Anglais) from 2013 to present
•    BBC National Orchestra of Wales (Extra Work, Principal, 2nd Oboe & Cor Anglais) from 2013 to present
•    Royal Scottish National Orchestra (Extra Work – Guest Principal) 2016
•    Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (Extra Work – 2nd Oboe) 2018
•    Macau Orchestra (Extra Work – 2nd Oboe/Cor Anglais) 2018)

Training Orchestra

•    Chipping Campden Festival Academy Orchestra (2014)
•    Southbank Sinfonia including side-by-side schemes with Royal Opera House and BBC Concert Orchestra (2013)
•    Aldeburgh World Orchestra (2012)
•    Britten Pears Orchestra (2008-2011)
•    LSO & BBC Symphony Orchestra side-by-side scheme (2008-2010)

Education Projects
Music Off Canvas               Co-founder and director of ensemble Music Off Canvas, –
                                            specialists in inter-disciplinary practice

•   Commissions for the Victoria & Albert Museum, Friends of Streatham Common, Salisbury Arts Centre and Peirene Press
•   Concerts in Southbank Centre, Saatchi Gallery, Proud Camden and The Macbeth, Hoxton
•   Collaborations with poets, sculptors, mime artists, actors, dancers, visual artists, movements specialists and writers.

Chamber Music
Recitals with Goodman Quartet in St James Piccadilly, Elgar Room – Royal Albert Hall, Cheltenham Town Hall, National Gallery, Institute for Contemporary Art, Lincoln’s Inn Chapel and Southbank Festival of Britain

Prizes and Awards

Music Off Canvas             Musicians Benevolent Fund – Emerging Excellence Award 2012


2008 - 2010                      PGDip (Distinction) – Royal College of Music, London, UK
               Professors - Chris Cowie, John Anderson, Gareth Hulse, Christine Pendrill and Jane Marshall

2003 - 2008                      BMus – Royal Academy of Music, London, UK

  Professors – Celia Nicklin, Tess Miller, Geoffrey Browne and Jill Crowther

2005                                 Paris Conservatoire – Erasmus Exchange, Paris, France Professor – David Walter

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Oboe, Cor Anglais, Oboe d'Amore