Schott is excited to announce that Huw Watkins has been named Composer-in-Association with BBC National Orchestra of Wales, 2015-2018.
Watkins’ longstanding relationship with BBC NOW began with the commissioning of his first major orchestral work, the Piano Concerto (2001-2), which he premiered as soloist with the orchestra under Martyn Brabbins. A second commission followed with the Double Concerto (2004-5) for the 2005 BBC Proms conducted by Jac van Steen. Most recently, the orchestra has given performances of Watkins’ Violin Concerto (2010) with Alina Ibragimova and their chief conductor Thomas Søndergård, and the Flute Concerto (2013) with Adam Walker and conductor Duncan Ward.
Watkins’ position as Composer-in-Association will span three years and include three new commissions, beginning with a Cello Concerto for his brother, Paul Watkins. The coming season will open with a performance of Watkins’ London Concerto on 3 October 2015 and a portrait concert will be given on 24 February 2016 including performances of the Double Concerto, Remember (2014) for soprano and string orchestra, and a number of chamber works.
Other upcoming projects for Watkins include a new orchestral work for the Hallé Orchestra in 2016/17 and a Piano Quintet for the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and Wigmore Hall in 2018.