Clive Watkiss began his musical training as a chorister at Waltham Abbey in Essex. He went on to study piano, cello and conducting at the Royal Academy of Music and, subsequently, took advanced conducting studies with Harry Newstone (Sacramento Symphony Orchestra) at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
He has worked as musical director with a number of different organisations including Progress Theatre Reading, the Berkshire Shakespeare Players, Southampton Solent University, Park Opera Bracknell and various other orchestral and choral ensembles. Clive is also a composer; his music has been performed in a number of cathedrals in the UK and at St Georges Chapel, Windsor, the choir of which recorded his setting of ‘Dormi Jesu’ on their album Christmas Joy Volume Four.
Most recently, in August 2017, his setting of ‘Ubi Caritas,’ commissioned by Judy Martin - musical director of the vocal group Voces Sacrae, was given its first performance by that ensemble in St Jean-de-Cole in the Dordogne. Clive presently teaches music at St Swithun’s School in Winchester.
Isabelle Butler Accompanist
Isabelle Butler piano trained at the Birmingham School of Music and City of Birmingham Teacher Training College. Having won the Concerto Trials she played at Birmingham Town Hall, Aston University and in Vienna on an exchange visit with students from the Conservatoire, as well as broadcasting on the radio.
She taught music in Leicester and Birmingham schools and subsequently became a peripatetic string teacher working with schools and orchestras.
Since moving to Swanage she has been Musical Director of productions at what is now the Swanage Musical Theatre Society, her most recent show being Guys and Dolls in 2011. Isabelle has been the accompanist for the Belvedere Singers since 2000 and is also the regular accompanist for Canzonetta.