… just some of the orchestras who have booked Morgensterns clients during the past year.
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Sarah Watts (Clarinet, Clarinet Bass, Basset Horn) Profile

Orchestral bookings (since November 2012)

  • Orchestras: Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
  • Chamber Orchestras: Brandenburg Sinfonia, Manchester Camerata.
  • Chamber Groups: Music Theatre Wales.

Sarah's orchestral work also includes

  • Music Theatre Wales - Clarinet, Bass Clarinet
  • Manchester Camerata - Principal Clarinet, Principal Basset Horn
  • Brandenburg Sinfonia - Principal Clarinet, Second Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Basset Horn
  • London Musici - Bass Clarinet
  • Aarre Contemporary Ensemble - Clarinet (Holland)
  • Fabrikaat Big Band - Bass Clarinet (Rotterdam)
  • European Union Youth Wind Orchestra - Leader, Clarinet

Sarah's Chamber work also includes:

  • SCAW duo
  • Cuillin Sound
  • Hard Rain Contemporary Soloists Ensemble
  • rarescale
  • Radius

Sarah's session work includes:

  • Embodiments - solo bass clarinet and electroacoustic CD on the American Centaur label
  • Cuillin Sound (wind trio) and Timeless Shades (British contemporary bass clarinet music) on the Cuillin Sound label.
  • Scawfell - solo bass clarinet and piano CD on the clarinet classics label
  • various recordings for the rarescale CD label
  • various recordings for the commercial composer Philip Guyler including performing on his Seasons CD released by New World Music and The Dinner Party, BBC Drama

Sarah's Education work includes:

  • Visiting tutor of solo bass clarinet at the Royal Northern College of Music
  • Masterclasses, workshops and university lectures on contemporary bass clarinet techniques for both composition students and clarinet students at many leading universities and conservatoires around the UK and Ireland.
  • Teacher of clarinet at Nottingham University
  • Director of the Isle of Raasay solo bass clarinet course and Malvern Wind Summer Music Camber Course
  • Regular tutor on the Cubertou Wind Chamber Music Course
  • As a researcher into bass clarinet techniques Sarah is currently undertaking a PH in bass clarinet multiphonics at Keele University and has lectured on this and other bass clarinet related subjects at many unversities and conservatoires.

Sarah has performed concertos including Boulez's Domaines and Mozart, Schmidt, Copland and Finzi with a variety of orchestras including the European Union Youth Wind Orchestra and Nottingham's Orchestra of the Restoration.

As a soloist and chamber musician Sarah has performed in many venues - including Purcell Room (Park Lane Group Young Artists Series), Wigmore Hall and Ijsbreker Hall Amsterdam and performed in festivals such as the World Bass Clarinet Convention, International Computer Music Convention (New York), London Jazz Festival, Skopje Festival (Macedonia) and York Spring Festival of New Music.

Bass Clarinet works have been written for Sarah by many composers including by Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Stephen Davismoon, George Nicholson, Piers Hellawell, Thomas Simaku, Dave Bennett Thomas, Ian Wilson and Marc Yeats.

Radio Broadcasts include BBC radio 3 (including live performances on In Tune and Jazz line), ABC Radio and Macedonian Radio.

Sarah performs with many chamber ensembles including SCAW, Cuillin Sound, rarescale, Southwell Collective - Live Music to Silent Films and Radius.

Sarah is the UK representative and on the board of the European Clarinet Association and has written articles for the Clarinet Society of Great Britain and the International Clarinet.

She is a Vandoren UK Artists and also an endorser for Uebel clarinets.

EDUCATION

Graduate studies

Royal Academy of Music and Rotterdam Conservatorium.

Prizes and Awards

  • Exxon Prize for best classical music student at Rotterdam Conservatorium
  • Leverhulme Trust Studentship for studies in Rotterdam
  • Musician's Benevolent Fund Award
  • Countess of Munster Musical Trust award for studies in Rotterdam
  • RAM Geoffrey Hawkes Clarinet Competition (Winner)
  • UK Performing Australian Music Competition - Faber Prize (Winner)
  • Shell LSO Scholarship - Semi-finalist
  • UK Howarth Clarinet Competition - Winner
  • Royal Overseas League Competition - Wind section Finalist
  • RAM Sir Arthur Bliss Chamber Music Prize - Winner
  • RAM Keith Pearson Memorial Prize for Orchestral Clarinet Playing
  • RAM Hovis Prize for Chamber Music

Teachers

Angela Malsbury, Victoria Soames Samak, Richard Addison and Henri Bok.

Sarah joined Morgensterns in February 2010

Sarah's web profile was last updated 19th Nov 2017

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Sarah Watts (Clarinet, Clarinet Bass, Basset Horn) Profile

Sarah has performed concertos including Boulez's Domaines and Mozart, Schmidt, Copland and Finzi with a variety of orchestras including the European Union Youth Wind Orchestra and Nottingham's Orchestra of the Restoration.

As a soloist and chamber musician Sarah has performed in many venues - including Purcell Room (Park Lane Group Young Artists Series), Wigmore Hall and Ijsbreker Hall Amsterdam and performed in festivals such as the World Bass Clarinet Convention, International Computer Music Convention (New York), London Jazz Festival, Skopje Festival (Macedonia) and York Spring Festival of New Music.

Bass Clarinet works have been written for Sarah by many composers including by Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Stephen Davismoon, George Nicholson, Piers Hellawell, Thomas Simaku, Dave Bennett Thomas, Ian Wilson and Marc Yeats.

Radio Broadcasts include BBC radio 3 (including live performances on In Tune and Jazz line), ABC Radio and Macedonian Radio.

Sarah performs with many chamber ensembles including SCAW, Cuillin Sound, rarescale, Southwell Collective - Live Music to Silent Films and Radius.

Sarah is the UK representative and on the board of the European Clarinet Association and has written articles for the Clarinet Society of Great Britain and the International Clarinet.

She is a Vandoren UK Artist and also an endorser for Uebel clarinets.

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Sarah Watts (Clarinet, Clarinet Bass, Basset Horn) Profile

Education/Outreach experience

Sarah was a solo bass clarinet artist until 2009 on the Live Music Now Scheme. Sarah has given composition and bass clarinet technique workshops at many UK Conservatoires and Universities including RAM, TCM, RWAMD, RNCM, RICM, Edinburgh and Keele Universities.

Teaching experience

Sarah teaches the clarinet at Nottingham University and also bass clarinet at RAF Uxbridge.

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Sarah Watts (Clarinet, Clarinet Bass, Basset Horn) Profile

Sarah's web links

www.sarahkwatts.co.ukwww.scawduo.comwww.cullinsoundmusic.co.uk

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Sarah Watts (Clarinet, Clarinet Bass, Basset Horn) Profile

SARAH Watts Sample Repertoire

As a solo performer Sarah specialises in repertoire for the bass clarinet in addition to performing clarinet repertoire.

Sarah and her duo SCAW with the pianist Antony Clare offer a range of recital formats from lyrical bass clarinet, to contemporary bass clarinet, to a mixture of core bass clarinet and clarinet repertoire.

Bass clarinet lyrical repertoire

  • Ballade Bozza
  • Sonata on Welsh Folk Songs Gabriel
  • Sonata Handel
  • Spiegel im Spiegel Avro Part
  • Histoire du Tango Piazolla

Accessible Contemporary Repertoire

  • Roddy 's Reel Sir Harrison Birtwistle
  • Edifice David Bennett Thomas
  • Urban Myths Joe Cutler
  • Minnesang Piers Hellawell
  • Sonata William Sweeney
  • Nieuw Werke Paul Termos

Clarinet Repertoire

  • Sonata in F minor Brahms
  • Fantasy Sonata Ireland
  • Five Bagatelles Finzi
  • Sonata Poulenc
  • Premiere Rhapsody Debussy

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Sarah Watts (Clarinet, Clarinet Bass, Basset Horn) Profile

Reviews

"In 26 years of attending PLG events I cannot recall hearing a solo bass clarinettist before. But Sarah Watts, almost dwarfed by her instrument made the wait worthwhile with assured and well-characterised performances" - The Times

"Bass clarinet and piano constitutes a successful and increasingly popular recital combination, and this is one of the very best I have heard" - The Clarinet and Saxophone Society of Great Britain

"Queen of the bass clarinet. Sarah Watts is fast becoming a leading champion of the bass clarinet. This one-woman show was a festival in itself." - Nottingham Evening Post

"Sarah Watts-whose technical command and sheer chutzpah can be in no doubt after performing 3 consecutive unaccompanied works, each of 20 minutes duration." - The Independent

"Watts- was at her best in Cornelius Cardew 's Mountains, an eccentric amalgam of Bach and Chairman Mao." - The Guardian

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Sarah Watts (Clarinet, Clarinet Bass, Basset Horn) Profile

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The premier UK agency for Orchestral and Session Musicians.

If you require musicians for a concert, recital or to enhance an event,
please call Morgensterns Teleteam.