07:00 Saturday 26 October 2013

Composer Tim Watts, from Ely, wins prestigious competition

Written byJORDAN DAY

Tim Watts Tim Watts

A composer from Ely will have his music performed by acclaimed harpsichordist Jane Chapman after winning a competition.

Tim Watts, 34, was joint winner of the prestigious Horniman Musical Composition Competition - despite never having written music for the harpsichord before.

His piece, Vine, will now premiere at the opening of the new display called ‘At Home With Music’ next January.

‘Vine’ and ‘The Sprawl’ - the piece written by the other joint winner, Adam Stafford, from Cheshire, - will be performed by Jane on a 1772 Jacob Kirckman harpsichord from the Horniman’s collection.

The competition invited young musicians to compose a solo harpsichord piece to celebrate a new permanent display of keyboard instruments in the Horniman’s acclaimed Music Gallery.

Tim is a composer, pianist and teacher. He is an affiliated lecturer at the Faculty of Music, University of Cambridge, and teaching associate in music at St John’s College, Cambridge where he is also sub-director of studies.

He said: “I am very much looking forward to hearing Jane Chapman play my piece on the instrument for which it was written.

“As a pianist, writing my first piece for harpsichord meant getting to grips imaginatively with a very different kind of keyboard technique, and expressive possibilities that felt equally and inspiringly exotic.”

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