Dai Watts is a composer, Musical Director, producer and multi-instrumentalist based in North London, whose music has appeared on TV, film and advertising worldwide, and featured on BBC Radio 3’s iconic new music show Late Junction.
As a Musical Director, he has conducted sessions this year at Angel Studios for Russel Watson, performed with Il Divo and Michael Ball on their Castles and Country Tour and worked as MD for Ruthie Henshall, Michael Xavier and Mazz Murray on their London cabaret shows.
Dai has also been been working with Pete Townshend and Rachel Fuller on their new musical ‘The Seeker’, conducting The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Angel Studios for the recording of the Original Soundtrack album.
Dai also recently appeared on BBC Radio London to talk about his latest work “The Ballad of Berwick Street Market”, which features the voices of the people who work on Soho’s 300 yr-old market, describing the work they do, what Berwick Street means to them and the threat to their livelihoods from the proposed privatisation of the market. Their words have been interwoven with other field recordings made in and around Soho, and form the basis for The Ballad of Berwick Street Market.
Since the recording of The Ballad of Berwick Street Market the stallholders have successfully campaigned to overturn Westminster’s privatisation plans and have secured the future of London’s oldest surviving street market. With thanks to: Sam, Leisha, Mark, Robin, Anna, Janosz, Louise and Rusen.
The Ballad of Berwick Street Market by Dai Watts