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. His instrumental releases ‘Liminalondon’ and ‘The Ballad of Berwick Street Market’ have also been featured on BBC Radio 3’s iconic new music show Late Junction. He is the co-creator of Radio Free Zeitgeist with writer and performer Caroline Wildi, writing the lyrics and producing the music and film for their recent work ‘The Windmills of Your Mind’.
Dai recently composed and performed the music for the BAFTA nominated film ‘The Ponds- Still Waters Run Deep’, which documents a year spent with the swimmers at London’s unique outdoor swimming ponds on Hampstead Heath.
Following a sold-out cinema release in the UK, the film was shown on BBC4 under the title ‘Swimming Through The Seasons’. The Soundtrack can be downloaded from iTunes and CDBaby and is also available on Spotify.
As a Musical Director, Dai has been been working recently 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. The CD will be out in June 2020 and features Elton John, Emile Sandé, Christopher Plummer and Pete Townshend.
Dai has also conducted sessions in the last 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, Mazz Murray, Michael Xavier and Ben Forster on their London cabaret shows.
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