I'm a conductor, singing teacher and singer living and working in the city of Bristol. I lead a number of choirs in the Bristol and South Gloucestershire area, I teach singing and piano privately, and I also perform as a singer, both in ensembles and as a soloist. 

 

Having studied conducting under Jonathan James and conducting The University of Bristol Chamber Choir in 2014, I have gained a wealth of experience as Conductor and Teacher at Wednesday and Thursday Riff-Raff Choir Bristol since 2014, Conductor of Bitton Community Choir, Posset Singers, The Raff Pack male voice choir and Musical Director for South Gloucestershire Council Carers Choir since September 2015.

I regularly engage in private piano, vocal and music theory tuition and as a part of established institutions including Blackbird Early Years Music Bristol, Handfuls of Harmony Schools Project, Bristol Grammar School and The Hereford Arts College Contact Course for Disabled Young Adults. Furthermore, I have enjoyed an active role in Music Therapy as Musical Director of Priory Hospital Bristol Music therapies, Music Practitioner for South Gloucestershire Council's Choices4U projects for people with learning difficulties and Musical Director for LiveBreatheHike Singing and Hiking Alps Excursions.

I am currently active as a performer with a repertoire as a Tenor Soloist in Oratorios such as Mozart's Requiem, Schubert's Mass in C Major, Haydn's Nelson Mass and Creation. I have regularly performed Evensongs at Hereford Cathedral and Worcester Cathedral, have taken masterclasses at Cambridge and Bristol University and am Tenor in Residence with The Penyard Singers and Ledbury Community Choir. I have previously performed in a variety of musical theatre and operatic productions and am Managing Director and Co-Founder of Bristol-based outdoor theatre company Brushstrokes theatre, directing productions of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream (2014) and Twelfth Night (2015). 

I am an experienced composer and arranger with experience working with the Associate Composer of the English Symphony Orchestra, Wassail Theatre Company and Ledbury Youth Theatre.

Education

  • BA(hons) Music from University of Bristol

  • AMusTCL Written Diploma

  • ABRSM Singing Grade 8 Distinction

  • ABRSM Piano Grade 8

  • ABRSM Music Theory Grade 8

Doug Watts, Bristol, 2017

douglasvwatts@gmail.com

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