Howells, Herbert Norman (b Lydney, 17 October, 1892 - d Oxford, 23 February, 1983)
Howells studied with Stanford and Wood at the Royal College of Music in London where he taught from 1920 almost until his death. He succeeded Holst at St Paul's Girls' School (1932-62) and was professor of music at London University.

His music is within an English diatonic tradition embracing Elgar, Walton, and Vaughan Williams. His earlier works include two piano concertos and chamber pieces, but most of his output is choral. His choral works include around 15 anthems, a concert Requiem (Hymnus Paradisi (1938) first performed in 1950), masses, motets and some songs. Deeply influenced by the English choral tradition, Howells's music reflects the work of a craftsman capable of a restrained, individual eloquence.