“At nearly 200 years old, it’s the grande dame of British conservatoires, but the Royal Academy of Music is surprisingly forward-thinking”Pianist Magazine
The Royal Academy of Music is delighted to announce the appointment of Mike Lovatt, highly acclaimed and respected performer both in the concert hall and in the studio, to the new post of Derek Watkins Chair of Trumpet.
Mark David, Head of Brass, said: ‘Derek Watkins’ visits to the Academy were always eagerly anticipated and a highlight of the year. No-one present at the James Watson Memorial Concert will ever forget Derek's stupendous playing amongst a lineup of greats. We were deeply privileged to have Derek as a guide and mentor to Academy brass students – there could be no better example – he walked with kings, yet didn't lose the common touch. It is entirely fitting that Mike Lovatt has agreed to accept the new post of Derek Watkins Chair of Trumpet. Mike has all the qualities to inspire the next generations of Academy brass players in the manner and traditions Derek held so dear.’
Mike Lovatt said: ‘I am extremely proud to have been a colleague and friend of this great musician. Throughout my professional life I was privileged to witness at close quarters his legendary trumpet playing, extraordinary musicianship and unending wit. We shared many magical moments of music making and fun together which I treasure. Derek’s involvement with the Royal Academy of Music in recent years has inspired a great many young people and the creation of this special post is a fitting tribute to his outstanding contribution to trumpet playing and teaching. It is a great honour to have been awarded this position and I will endeavour to ensure that Derek’s legacy lives on for future generations of students.’
Photo courtesy of Mike Lovatt: Mike Lovatt with Derek Watkins.