Sarah Watts studied clarinet at the Royal Academy of Music with Angela Malsbury and Victoria Soames Samek (bass clarinet). Sarah then decided to specialise in the bass clarinet and continued her studies at the Rotterdam Conservatorium bass clarinet with Henri Bok, funded by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust and a Leverhulme Trust Studentship. Sarah was awarded the Exxon prize for the best classical music student in Rotterdam.
Successes include: Winner, UK Howarth Clarinet Competition 2000; Winner, Hawkes Clarinet Prize (RAM) 2001; Winner, Sir Arthur Bliss Chamber Music Prize (RAM) 2000; Winner of wind section and Faber Prize, UK Performing Australian Music competition, 2001 (her clarinet and bass clarinet recital was broadcast on ABC radio); Finalist, Wind section, Royal Overseas League Competition 2000.
Sarah specialises on the bass clarinet and has gained an international reputation as an artist, teacher and researcher on the instrument. She has performed solo repertoire across the UK, Ireland, Asia, Europe and the Americas and has attracted composers including Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Piers Hellawell and William Sweeney to write works for her. More recently, she has also started to specialise in the contrabass clarinet and will release her debut contrabass clarinet CD in late 2019.
Sarah teaches bass clarinet at the Royal Northern College of Music and is Director Performance at Sheffield University. Sarah hosts bass clarinet and clarinet courses on the Isle of Raasay in Scotland and runs and tutors on other wind chamber music courses in the UK and France. Sarah has given workshops on bass clarinet technique at many establishments around the world.
Sarah performs with Hard Rain Ensemble, rarescale and SCAW.
Sarah has completed a PhD in bass clarinet multiphonic analysis at Keele University and has published ‘Spectral Immersions; A Comprehensive Guide to the Theory and Practice of Bass Clarinet Multiphonics’ via Metropolis publishers.
Sarah is a Selmer Paris artist.
In 2016, she was made an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music, London.
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet. Silver plated (AO).
The shape of this clarinet is what sets it apart from the rest of the family: folded back on itself, it is 2.31 meters long. Made from metal and wood, it extends to an octave lower than the B-flat bass clarinet.
Included : Standard C* B-flat Contrabass Clarinet Mouthpiece Silver plated, B-flat Contrabass Clarinet Light Case, Adjustable stand.