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Tim Watts combines careers as composer, pianist and teacher, and lives in Ely, Cambridgeshire. His output includes orchestral, choral and dramatic works, as well as much chamber music and song, often written for his own performing partnerships. His song cycle for Andrew Kennedy, Six Songs to Orpheus (2011) is currently touring as part of a programme celebrating the centenary of Britten’s birth, which included a performance at the Wigmore Hall in March 2013. During 2012, White Shadow, five settings of poems by Don Paterson, written for mezzo-soprano Cerys Jones, was performed at recitals in Cambridge, London and Aldeburgh. Other recent works include a dramatic cantata, Etheldreda’s Song, for Ely Cathedral, a piano trio (for the Iridian Trio, in which he performs with Clara Biss and Roberto Sorrentino) and a sonatina for clarinet and piano. He has just completed his first chamber opera, Bonnie & Clyde, in collaboration with the playwright, Adam Peck.

Summer 2013 saw the premiere of Windflower for bassoon and orchestra (a companion piece for Elgar’s Romance) in which the soloist was Tim’s wife, Shelly Organ. In July he was the composer-in-residence at the King’s Lynn Festival, which included the premieres of several chamber works, as well as the first performance of Bridge of Sighs for cello and strings by BBC Young Musician, Laura van der Heijden. He also joined the Castalian Quartet as pianist for Fauré’s First Piano Quintet.

From 2005-08 he was composer-in-residence at Bedford School, an experience which sparked a continuing commitment to writing for young musicians with recent commissions from Trinity Guildhall publications and from Uppingham School, where he is Composer-in-Association.

Tim studied composition with Jeffery Wilson at Junior Guildhall and Hugh Wood and Robin Holloway at the University of Cambridge. In 2001 he gained his Masters in piano accompaniment at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where his teacher was Norman Beedie; his studies there were supported by an award from The Countess of Munster Musical Trust.

He is an Affiliated Lecturer at the Faculty of Music, University of Cambridge, and Teaching Associate in Music at St John’s College, Cambridge, where he is also Sub-Director of Studies; he also oversees music courses and concerts for the University’s Institute of Continuing Education at Madingley Hall and is a professor at the Royal College of Music.