Our Conductor



We have been very fortunate to have Dan Watson as our Conductor since 2016.

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, Djanogly Community Orchestra, Stratford-Upon-Avon Symphony Orchestra, Blackwood Clarinet Choir, Thumb contemporary music ensemble, and has recently been appointed conductor of the Leicestershire Schools Symphony Orchestra.

In 2016 Dan was featured in the BBC series All Together Now: The Great Orchestra Challenge, as principal conductor of The People’s Orchestra. The program, designed to inspire and promote amateur music making, reflects many of Dan’s continued aims as a conductor, to bring together professionals and community musicians alike, culminating in high standard performances and rewarding life experiences.

Dan has a particular interest in contemporary music. He is Conductor and Artistic Director of Thumb contemporary music ensemble with whom he won a Musicians Benevolent Fund Emerging Excellence Award, and has directed numerous performances resulting in over 50 premieres of new works by established and emerging composers.

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