Professor David Howard
David is Head of the Department of Electronics at the University of York. His research interests concern the analysis and synthesis of singing, speech and music, the use of computers in singing teaching and natural voice synthesis. His teaching is primarily to students on Music Technology programmes which combine an interest in the electronics synthesis and control of sound with a fully professionally accredited degree in Electronic Engineering.
David held a Senior Media Fellowship from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council during which he co-presented on the 60-minute TV program, Castrato, in which he re-created an electronic castrato voice, and he was presenter for the 60-minute TV program, Voice, in which he worked with Rory Bremner on his impressions of Tony Blair and with Jeremy Hardy on his singing. David also works on forensic audio and he was involved in the Who Wants to be a Millionaire case some years ago in relation to coughing. When he is not working, David likes to conduct his Vale of York Voices choir which sings evensong once a month in York Minster, play the organ or to be sailing.