In the first of an occasional series of Q and A's with Britten Sinfonia players, staff and soloists Richard Watkins answers a few questions.
What has been the highlight of your career so far?
Performing a work written for you has always given me a huge thrill.
Any low points?
Trying to play at less than 100%,for whatever reason and thinking it’s going to work... it doesn’t
When are you happiest?
Playing with friends
What is your greatest fear?
What is your earliest musical memory?
Jumping up and down to the Rite of Spring ,aged 5 or 6 with my father,one of his favourite pieces.
What is your most treasured possession?
If you were an animal what would you be?
I do envy, Charlie our cat who seems to live a life of luxury.
What is your most unappealing habit?
Leaving all the radios at home tuned to the cricket channel.
What is your favourite book?
The Story of San Michele by Axel Munthe
What is your guiltiest pleasure?
Fine French Wine
Who would you invite to your dream dinner party?
Winston Churchill and Benjamin Britten
How do you relax away from the concert platform?
Spending time at home ,cooking
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
I think of achievements too much as sporting analogies - I really enjoy playing and hope it gives other people pleasure.
What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
In a nutshell, what is your philosophy?
Try to be positive as much as possible.
Richard Watkins will be performing Weber's Concertino for Horn and Orchestra with Britten Sinfonia on Sunday 28 November at Norwich Theatre Royal, Monday 29 November at Cambridge's West Road Concert Hall and on Tuesday 30 November at Southbank Centre's Queen Elizabeth Hall, London. More Info