|"I cannot remember when I last enjoyed organ-playing, either recorded or live, as much. The star of the show is Jane Watts, who boasts that rare combination of a secure technique, intelligent musicianship and an ability to communicate genuine enjoyment and enthusiasm for the music." - Gramophone
Jane Watts is regarded as one of Britain’s leading concert organists. She made her Royal Festival Hall recital debut in 1986, a season during which she also became the Royal College of Organists’ first Performer of the Year: her debut in the BBC Promenade Concerts in London’s Royal Albert Hall took place in 1988. Since then her career has taken her all over the world, with performances in Europe, Hong Kong, Barbados, Australia and New Zealand. She made her American debut in 1991, and has subsequently travelled to the USA on seven further occasions. Amongst numerous appearances throughout the United Kingdom she has presented the complete cycle of Widor Organ Symphonies in the Brangwyn Hall, Swansea and St John’s Smith Square, London to critical acclaim. Amongst many commitments during 2005, she will be both a member of the jury and a soloist in the prestigious St Albans International Organ Festival.
Jane Watts has appeared as concerto soloist under conductors including Matthias Bamert, Richard Hickox, Sir Roger Norrington, Tadaaki Otaka, Yan Pascal Tortelier and Sir David Willcocks, and with orchestras including the London Philharmonic, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the Ulster Orchestra and the London Mozart Players.
Miss Watts has recorded exclusively for Priory Records since 1988: her many recital recordings, including those from Westminster Abbey, Chartres Cathedral, the Ulster Hall, Belfast and Sydney Town Hall, have garnered superlative reviews from a widely-respected range of international publications. A recital recorded in Wellington Cathedral, New Zealand, was issued in January of this year.
Since 1991 Jane Watts has, in parallel with her career as a soloist, been the organist of the world-famous Bach Choir. Under Musical Director Sir David Willcocks, and his successor in 1998, David Hill, she has appeared as soloist and organ accompanist with the Choir in Britain, the USA, Europe, the Middle East and New Zealand. Amongst many engagements recently the Choir performed in the 10th Al-Bustan Festival in Beirut, during which Miss Watts undertook the formidable organ part in the world première of Naji Hakim’s Gloria.
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