Howard Thompson

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United Kingdom

Having worked closely with young string players for the last 45 years, I enjoy writing music for them which is both enjoyable to play and yet technically challenging.

My own family of three string playing boys were the starting point, so it's not surprising that a good number of my pieces reflect things from a child's world. Many pieces were written for particular children - another way to encourage them to discover the joy of playing music together, surely one of God's best gifts to us!

Other Suites for String Orchestra are also available and also pieces for Cello Quartet or Octet, Viola Quartet, Bassoon Quartet and double reed band. I have also written various pieces for Piano and Piano Duet, a set of Duets for Clarinet and Flute (or second Clarinet), pieces for small ensembles, and a whole range of pieces for choir (SATB), including many Christmas pieces, 3 Negro Spirituals, and a range of hymns and carols.

More recently during covid restrictions I have arranged many well-known pieces for strings so that we could still meet on Zoom - I'm beginning to put these on my site as time allows, as they present a wide range of styles, periods, and tastes, and seem to be enjoyed by all ages, but especially younger players.

Take a look, and a listen, though live sound is so much better!

Score catalogue

More Mellow Cellos 1st Movement - Quartet of Solo Violoncellos
More Mellow Cellos 1st Movement - Quartet of Solo Violoncellos
More Mellow Cellos 2nd Movement - Quartet of Solo Violoncellos
More Mellow Cellos 3rd Movement - Quartet of Solo Violoncellos
More Mellow Cellos 2nd Movement - Quartet of Solo Violoncellos
More Mellow Cellos 3rd Movement - Quartet of Solo Violoncellos
Nightingale Blues - Quartet of Solo Violoncellos
Nightingale Blues - Quartet of Solo Violoncellos
Au Revoir for Viola Quartet - Quartet of Solo Violas
Au Revoir for Viola Quartet - Quartet of Solo Violas
Wind Duet on "Oh Soldier" - Duet of Clarinets in Bb
Wind Duet on "Thine be the Glory" - Duet of Clarinets in Bb
Wind Duet on "Thine be the Glory" - Duet of Clarinets in Bb
Wind Duet on "Oh Soldier" - Duet of Clarinets in Bb
3. Tom's Blues - String orchestra
Ash Grove - String orchestra
Bach in a Two Minuets - String orchestra
Bach in One Minuet - String orchestra
BARTOK Variations - String orchestra
Beauty and the Prince Waltz - String orchestra
Beside the Seaside - String orchestra
Beside the Seaside - Quartet of Bassoons
Blewsy - Solo instrument (Piano)
Blueasy - Solo instrument (Piano)
Can't Get Started - Solo instrument (Piano)
Chanson triste - String orchestra
Elgar Salut d'Amour - String orchestra
En Famille - String orchestra
Going a Little Further - Solo instrument (Piano)
Habanera - String orchestra
Handel Air from Water Music - String orchestra
Have Another Go - Solo instrument (Piano)
Have You Not Seen My Lady - String orchestra
Hippomud - String orchestra
La Picnique de Edward Ibert - Quartet of Bassoons
La Picnique de Edward Ibert - Trio of Bassoons
Maltese Folk Tune - String orchestra
Mellow Cellos - Quartet of Violoncellos
Minuet from Berenice - String orchestra
Moody Prawn Blues - String orchestra
Offenbach Barcarolle - String orchestra
Rory's Romp - Solo instrument (Piano)
Rumpole - Quartet of Bassoons
Saint-Saen's Swan - String orchestra
Schubert Serenade - String orchestra
Schumann Soldiers' March - Quartet of Bassoons
Schumann The Merry Peasant - Quartet of Bassoons
Serbian Song - Tamo daleko - String orchestra
Simple Rag - Trio of Bassoons
Simple Rag - Trio of Bassoons
Song for Wendy - Solo Clarinet in Bb + piano
Sunny Day - Solo instrument (Piano)
Sweet Georgia Brown - String orchestra
The Sad Cossack - Piano four hands
Thompson's Rag - Wind quartet
Up and Down - Solo instrument (Piano)