HOWARD ROGERSON was born in Morley, Yorkshire and after studies at the Huddersfield School of Music – now University – and the then Royal Manchester College of Music, Howard pursued a performance career as a clarinettist in Manchester and later London, working full-time and freelance with such orchestras as the D’Oyly Carte Opera, Welsh National Opera, English National Opera, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and English Music Theatre touring the entire UK and abroad.
He then returned north in 1978 when he was invited to become a founder member of the Orchestra of Opera North, where he worked full-time for ten and freelanced for twelve years. During all this period, Howard ran several chamber ensembles and gave many solo and chamber recitals throughout the country and in London, including BBC broadcasts and recordings. The commercial tapes of The Music Serenade (Opera North chamber ensemble Howard founded and managed) were reviewed by the BBC as the best available recordings of Mozart’s wind octets.
For a further 20 years he continued his performance career alongside teaching for the North Yorkshire Music Service as well as conducting Settle Orchestral Society for 15 years, developing its performance in and for the community. The SOS also gave a number of choral and operatic performances with his wife’s choir, the Langcliffe Singers, which she had formed in 1984. Since 2006, he and his wife, Valerie Baulard, have lived in Morecambe where he has established a light music orchestra in the Promenade Concert Orchestra.
In 2006, he and his wife, Valerie Baulard, came to ‘retire’ to Morecambe, a town they have known all their lives. Twelve years on, and 46 concerts performing over 600 pieces of light orchestral music to well over 12,500 people in Morecambe, in 2014 he was awarded the Eric Morecambe ‘Sunshine Culture Award’ and the ‘Highly Commended Entertainment Award’ for the culture he and the PCO have brought to Morecambe.