Ronan Watson – Course Director, String Orchestra
Following John Leitch’s retirement after more than 2o years’ service as ‘cello tutor and Course Director at the end of last year, viola tutor, Ronan Watson has kindly agreed to take on the role of Course Director of the String Orchestra for the 2018 season. Ronan joined the WSSO staff team in 2015 and has been a wonderful addition bringing a wealth of professional performing and teaching experience to the role.
Ronan studied viola at the RCS with Catherine Marwood, completing a BMus and PGDip Mus in performance. As well as being a prize winning soloist, he also enjoyed representing the RCS at various chamber music events including: Quartetfest at the RNCM, The St Magnus Festival, The Trondheim Kammermusik Festival, Norway and the Banff Chamber Music Course, Canada.
Ronan has worked with North Ayrshire Council as an upper strings instructor for 10 years and also runs the North Ayrshire String Project which is part of the Musicworks Department at the RCS. Despite a busy teaching life, he still enjoys performing across different genres, in particular with the Glasgow based Baroque institution, The Telemann Ensemble.
Ronan is delighted to be continuing his work with WEST as Course Director of the String Orchestra.