Andrew Watts

Hon ARAM

Historical Performance - Bassoon

Principal bassoon with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Regularly freelances and tours with the leading period instrument ensembles in the UK

Andrew is currently principal bassoon with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and one of the leading players of baroque and classical bassoon in the UK.

His interest in medieval and renaissance music was awakened by an enthusiastic primary school teacher and he played clarinet and modern bassoon at secondary school. After graduating from Cambridge University he studied bassoon at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and baroque bassoon at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague.

Starting his professional career as a costumed minstrel in a Mayfair restaurant, recorder teacher for the Inner London education Authority and musical director of a touring theatre company (The Medieval Players) he went on to play with a number of renaissance music ensembles and with many of London's period instrument orchestras including The Academy of Ancient Music, the English Concert, The London Classical Players and The English Baroque Soloists. He has also played for Nikolaus Harnoncourt with Concentus Musicus in Vienna.

In 1984 He formed The Carnival Band playing a mixture of early, traditional and world music and with them has toured as far afield as Sudan, the Gulf States and Japan. He is a keen music educator working with children and adults of all ages and is professor of baroque and classical bassoon at the Royal Academy of Music.

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