Clarinet and Bass Clarinet

“ 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.

Sarah Watts is an award winning British Clarinettist who has gained an international reputation for her work as a solo bass clarinettist.

Her work both as a soloist and with her various chamber ensembles has led to numerous CD releases and invitations to perform all over the world. Sarah is  passionate about teaching and in addition being the visiting teacher of solo bass clarinet at the Royal Northern College of Music, she hosts and tutors several courses for adult amateur musicians in the UK and France.

Sarah is a UK Vandoren Artist and an International Uebel Clarinet Artist.

She plays on Vandoren reeds and mouthpieces, Uebel Superior B flat and A clarinets and a Selmer Privilege bass clarinet.

Sarah released several new CDs in 2012/13.

To order Timeless Shades - British based music for bass clarinet and piano and Cuillin Sound Trio CDs please click this link:

eMBODYMents - an electroacoustic CD of works for bass clarinet by Staff at Keele University has been released on the Centaur label.

Sarah has recently returned from a tour of China where as an International Uebel clarinet artist she gave masterclasses and a concerts in Taiyan, Shenyang and Lanzhou. She was made a Visting Guest Professor of the Arts at the University of North China.

July 2014 will see Sarah perform a bass clarinet recital at the International Clarinet Convention in Baton Rouge, USA.

Sarah and Laurence Perkins (bassoon) will be joined by the British pianist Martin Roscoe in July to record a new CD of trios by Beethoven and Glinka - due to be released on the Cuillin Sound label.

Spectral Immersions - a comprehensive guide to bass clarinet multiphonics will be published by Metropolis later in 2014. Preparations for this new book are well underway.

For information on Sarah’s various courses and play days - please see the events page.

Sarah gives private tuition on bass clarinet. Be it a first ever lesson, learning the basics or at advanced level learning contemporary techniques she is very happy to give lessons to anybody who wants to develop their bass clarinet skills further.