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Jonathan Watts

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Devon Baroque is the principal orchestra in the South West specialising in baroque and early classical music played on period instruments and in appropriate style.


In March 2012, Margaret Faultless retired from the post of Music Director of the Devon Baroque after being instrumental in founding the orchestra in the last months of 1999 and steering it to its present high level of excellence. Jonathan Watts has taken up the reins and directs the orchestra from the harpsichord.

Jonathan Watts is well known in Devon musical circles, but started his organ training in his native Wales at St Woolos Cathedral in Newport. His plans for a career in medicine changed when he was offered a place to study music at Cardiff University. A scholarship at the end of his university years allowed him to study for his MA in baroque keyboard techniques under Malcolm Boyd. At the same time, Jonathan furthered his organ studies with James Dalton at The Queen’s College Oxford.


In recent years, Jonathan has lived in Devon, and his musical career has matured through involvement with many styles. He has accompanied choirs, singers, and instrumentalists, played in chamber ensembles including Devon Baroque, conducted orchestras, sung in specialist vocal groups, and played continuo organ and harpsichord. He has worked with many eminent musicians, particularly since becoming one of the house accompanists for the Dartington International Summer School, and he is Musical Director of the Dartington Community Choir.

Jonathan was delighted to be able to play with Devon Baroque two years ago and says that he is

thrilled to have been asked to take over from Margaret Faultless as Artistic Director. He plans to build on what she has achieved, and trusts that he can guide the ensemble through its next period of growth, bringing period instrument performances not only to Devon Baroque’s core fans, but to a wider audience as well.

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