Dan Watson
Dan Watson

Dan is a freelance UK based conductor developing his professional career through a varied portfolio of engagements encompassing orchestral and chamber work, opera and musical theatre. He completed a Masters in orchestral conducting at Birmingham Conservatoire.

Dan currently holds principal conductorships with The People’s Orchestra, Wyre Forest Symphony Orchestra, Leicestershire Schools Wind Orchestra, Stratford-Upon-Avon Symphony Orchestra, Thumb contemporary music ensemble, and is also Principal Guest Conductor of the Solihull Symphony Orchestra and Associate Conductor of Eroica Camerata.

Recently Dan worked as Musical Director with Birmingham Repertory Theatre in a production of Brecht’s The Mother. The production encapsulated all that Dan wants to achieve as a conductor, bringing together professionals and community musicians alike, culminating in high standard performances to critical acclaim.

Dan has a particular interest in contemporary music. He is conductor and Artistic Director of Thumb contemporary music ensemble and recently won a Musicians Benevolent Fund Emerging Excellence Award on behalf of Thumb. This award enabled Thumb to work with Birmingham Contemporary Music Group towards a joint concert in which Dan conducted a performance of the ensemble’s first commissioned work, Strange to See You Again by Seán Clancy. With Thumb Dan has conducted over 50 new works in workshops, performances and recordings, in addition to working with distinguished composers such as Howard Skempton, Joe Cutler and Mark-Anthony Turnage. He also conducted several performances of Michael Wolters’ 20×12 Cultural Olympiad commission, The Voyage, in Birmingham and at London’s Southbank Centre, also broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

Additionally, Dan plays saxophone and regularly tours with the two-tone era tribute act, Skabucks.