Louise Howlett, originally from England, studied at the Royal College of Music in London with Margaret Cable. As a member of the National Youth Music Theatre, Louise toured to the Bergen Festival and Edinburgh Main and Fringe Festivals, as well as performing in the award winning productions of the Ragged Child and the Tailor of Gloucester performed in London and for television.
Louise came to South Africa in 1993 for a gap year to work as Organiser for the National Chamber Orchestra in the North West Province but soon decided to make South Africa her home. She sang on many occasions with the NCO including a number of corporate functions in Sun City and Johannesburg. She also performed in a number of Oratoria including Haydn’s Nelson Mass, Handel’s Messiah, Vivaldi’s Gloria, and was involved in choral training workshops and master classes.
In March 1999 she moved to Cape Town where she is now based. Her Cape Town debut took place with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra at their Kirstenbosch Millennium Concert, but her love of jazz and the musicals led her to create her own unique combination of classical, broadway and jazz “Across the Styles” singing projects which she regularly performs with pianist Albert Combrink. Performances include such varied events as the Kirstenbosch Classical Chamber Music Series and Endler Concert Series, to the Big Blues Festival and Greyton Rose Festival.
Her first CD “Night Sessions” was released in 2010, generously filled with timeless standard and ballads, recorded with Albert Combrink and produced by Duncan Mackay at Down South Recording.
Louise wears a number of ‘hats’ off stage as well as on. A keen promoter of classical music in Cape Town, Louise is the General Manager of the Cape Town Concert Series, Artist Liason for La Motte Wine Estate and presenter of Midweek Sessions at the Church on Greenmarket Square. Louise is also a regular presenter on Fine Music Radio. Her programme “For the Love of Opera” features all the latest news and reviews of opera around the world today.