Anthony Inglis is one of the busiest and most eclectic of international classical music conductors. Grammy-nominated; Anthony has led more than 250 performances at the Royal Albert Hall, conducted royal concerts, is the Music Director of the London Concert Orchestra and for the Welsh mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins. From 1987 until 2020 he was Music Supervisor/Consultant to Phantom of the Opera in London. He is equally at home in the worlds of opera and ballet.
Away from the music world Anthony has a rich, and continuing, RAF connection. His father was Squadron Leader Jeremy Howard-Williams DFC, WWII Mosquito and Beaufighter pilot. His paternal grandfather, Air Commodore E L Howard-Williams MC, flew in the Army, Royal Flying Corps, Royal Naval Air Service and the RAF. At the beginning of WWII he was deputy to Air Chief Marshal Dowding, friends with Viscount Trenchard, and later became air correspondent at the Daily Telegraph. He was later Executive Chairman and Vice President of the Royal Air Forces Association (1944-47) and founded the Association’s members’ magazine, Air Mail.
One of his uncle’s was one of The Few. Flying in the Battle of Britain with 19 Squadron. Another uncle commanded 27 Squadron at RAF Scampton. His maternal grandfather, Air Vice-Marshal F F Inglis CB CBE, was Chief of RAF intelligence in WWII reporting directly to Winston Churchill. Another relative, a great uncle, was a senior RAF commander in WWII, responsible for the idea of sending the little ships to Dunkirk.
In 2016, his son, Flight Lieutenant Dominic Howard-Williams, graduated from RAF College Cranwell and in 2021 started flying Chinooks with 18 Squadron at RAF Odiham.
A long-standing supporter of the RAF Association, Anthony has experienced the voluntary work of the charity first-hand, taking part in our telephone outreach campaigns.
“My entire family have been involved in the RAF, from its inception to the present day, and I am exceptionally proud to continue those links by becoming an Ambassador for the RAF Association and its crucial welfare and membership work. My work as a telephone volunteer has forged new speak with them: those who served their country so we can benefit from the freedom we currently enjoy. The Association’s work is vital for the well-being of so many people, including me. I hope the beneficiaries realise that the person talking to them at the other end of the call gets as much out of the contact as they do. It’s a privilege to talk to them. From my initial findings, I believe the RAF and the RAF Association is a family and, in my experience, family ties are strong.”