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6 things you might not know about Richard Watkins
16 March 2015

1) Name five things you cannot live without?

1. My family

2/3. Too many composers to list. So at a pinch I'll have to say Richard Strauss and Benjamin Britten!

4. Good food and wine

5. Test Match Special (Cricket)

 

2) What is the proudest moment of your career so far?

A recent performance of Britten War Requiem in November 2014 featuring my children. Alexei was playing solo horn in RAM Chamber Orchestra and Louis was singing in National Youth Choir.

 

3) What was the first album you bought?

My first classical album was Brahms 3 Berlin Philharmonic/Karajan on cassette; the other was The Stranger by Billy Joel.

 

4) Who are your musical influences?

My father used to get me to dance to The Rite of Spring. He also loved Wagner but couldn't get on with Mahler. Even though he never played an instrument he had a huge passion for music.

 

5) One thing your audience wouldn’t know about you?

I have made my singing debut at Wigmore Hall. Ok, so I need to qualify this: it was the final item in Julius Drake's 50th Birthday Concert – it was ‘Zum Schluss’ from Brahms’ Neue Liebeslieder Op 65. The rest of line-up was: Birgid Steinberger, Alice Coote, Ian Bostridge, Mark Padmore, Gerald Finley and … me. Decided to quit while I was ahead!

 

6) Do you have any rituals you do before you perform/record?

Not really, apart from making sure I've drunk enough …. water!

 

 

Richard Watkins performs Sea Eagle (Music for Horn)                 Sea Eagle (Music for Horn) out now on NMC

Richard Watkins performs Sea Eagle (Music for Horn)                                                        

 

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