Andrew Watts

A late night song recital from two Dartington favourites


9.30pm, Tuesday 2 August 2022


Andrew Watts (countertenor), Gavin Roberts (piano)


Great Hall, Dartington Trust, South Devon


£18 Central Rake | £15 Unreserved Benches & Balcony

About this event

A late night song recital from two Dartington favourites: countertenor Andrew Watts, renowned for his incredible stage presence and breadth of repertoire, and pianist Gavin Roberts.

About the Performer

Andrew Watts was born in Middlesex and studied at the Royal Academy of Music.  His operatic engagements include appearances with the Royal Opera Covent Garden, English National Opera, Glyndebourne Festival, Welsh National Opera the Aldeburgh and Almeida Festivals and BBC Proms.

Foreign engagements include Milan, Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Mannheim, Vienna, Venice, Strasbourg, Madrid, Paris, Lyon, Lisbon, Geneva, Amsterdam, Antwerp, Graz, Klagenfurt, Bielefeld, Los Angeles, Australia, Canada and Mexico and the Salzburg, Aix-en-Provence, Vienna, Dresden, Bregenz, Batignano and Montepulciano Festivals.

His repertoire includes Arsamenes Xerxes, title role Orlando, Ottone Agrippina, Nero and Nutrice L’incoronazione Di Poppea, Oberon A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Orestes La Belle Hèlène, Baba the Turk The Rake’s Progress, Edgar Lear, Prince Go-Go Le Grand Macabre and many world premieres including Cherubino in Elena Langer’s Figaro Gets A Divorce, James in Birtwistle’s The Last Supper and Snake Priestess The Minotaur, Olga Neuwirth’s Lost Highway, Liza Lim’s The Navigator, Judith Weir’s The Outcast and White Rabbit and March Hare in Unsuk Chin’s Alice In Wonderland.

Gavin Roberts enjoys a varied career as a piano accompanist. He has partnered singers in recital at Wigmore Hall, the Barbican Hall and the Royal Festival Hall, and is Artistic Director of the recital series Song in the City. He has appeared at The Cheltenham Festival, Dartington International Festival, The Ludlow Weekend of English Song, The Ryedale Festival and The Oxford Lieder Festival. He works regularly with soprano Lucy Hall, with whom he was the winner of the Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform, and actor Rosamund Shelley, with whom he performs her one-woman shows Novello & Son and War Songs.

He has played for The BBC Singers, The Joyful Company of Singers, Constanza Chorus, The Hanover Band, Tiffin Boys’ Choir, and as a repetiteur for Sir Roger Norrington and the late Richard Hickox. Gavin has appeared regularly on BBC Radio broadcasts as a soloist and accompanist, often giving premiere performances of new works. He has played on numerous recordings for the BBC, ASV, Guild and Priory Records. His most recent project is a CD recording of London-themed song commissions for Song in the City.

Gavin studied piano with Andrew West and Eugene Asti at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where he is now a Professor. He previously read Music at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, where he also held the organ scholarship. Following this, Gavin gained a Master’s degree from King’s College London. Gavin is Organist and Director of Music at St Marylebone Parish Church.

About the dartington music festival

This event is part of the annual Dartington Music Festival, a thrilling summer of live classical, jazz, folk and experimental music on the Dartington estate, running this year between 23 July and 19 August.


For more information about the Dartington Music Summer School & Festival , which includes an exciting range of intimate chamber music, spectacular outdoor performances, family-friendly concerts, workshops and talks, visit the Festival website.

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The Dartington Music Festival 2022 is delighted to welcome audiences back into the Great Hall (unless specified otherwise on the event page).

With guidance around Covid-19 constantly changing, we are monitoring the advice and will update audiences if there are any changes. We hope that you’ll join us for what promises to be a very special summer of live music.

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Tuesday 2nd August

Summer School 2022: Dartington Member Discount

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