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 has recently passed her PhD researching and compiling new multiphonic charts for the bass clarinet.

Spectral Immersions - a comprehensive guide to bass clarinet multiphonics will be published by Metropolis in 2015. Preparations for this new book are well underway.

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 2015 will see Sarah perform at the International Clarinet Convention in Madrid, Spain.

Sarah and Laurence Perkins (bassoon) joined forces with the British pianist Martin Roscoe in July 2014 to record a new CD of trios by Beethoven and Glinka - this is due to be released later in 2015 on the Cuillin Sound label.  Sarah and Laurence will also record the Strauss Duett-Concertino with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in March 2015

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

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.