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Dr Tim Watson 

Tim can teach many musical instruments and what he doesn't already know, he is willing to learn. Tim has many many years experience working with children and young people. 


Tim Watson was born in Essex and after his early musical education obtained a GCE ‘O’ level in Music at the age of thirteen. He joined the Royal Marines Band Service in 1989 and whilst under training was awarded the ‘Bronze’ Medal in the Worshipful Company of Musicians “Cassel Prize” for saxophone playing. His career highlights have also include performances for the Queen on board Her Majesty’s Royal Yacht Britannia, a private reception at Windsor castle for the wedding of HRH Prince Edward and Miss Sophie Rees-Jones and the Queen Mother’s 100th birthday celebrations. 

Tim’s primary instrument is the saxophone, doubling on clarinet and flute; he also plays the violin, as this was his second study whilst in the Marines. As a soloist Tim has performed in some of the most prestigious venues across the world, has toured Europe as a concerto soloist, opened the World Saxophone Congresses at Thailand in 2009 with The Scottish Saxophone Ensemble and then with selected world-renowned saxophonists at St Andrews in 2012. 

In line with his Doctorate of Musical Arts Tim commissioned and worked with leading UK composers on large scale new works, performing their World Premieres across the UK, and continues to commission and perform to a high level. As an educator Tim mentors degree students in performance, composition, theory and events management, he has given master classes, tuition and adjudicated in leading Universities across the UK and Europe, more recently chairing the Rotary Young Musician competition. He is also a contributor to Clarinet and Saxophone and BASBWE magazine.

As a sportsman Tim swam and ran internationally in his younger years, but still continues to compete for Great Britain in triathlon.