Justine Watts Obituary, Death Cause – The news that Justine Watts, our coworker, friend, and the conductor of the Scottish Ballet Orchestra, had passed away in a peaceful manner while she was surrounded by her close family was very painful to all of us. She had passed away when she was conducting the orchestra for the Scottish Ballet. Because Justine was the leader of our orchestra and had been with us the longest (since 2001), everyone who worked with her looked up to her as an outstanding example to follow in their professional lives. Her joy, sense of humor, and carefree attitude were infectious to everyone around her.
During the time that she worked for Scottish Ballet, Justine exemplified the trait of selflessness by always making herself available to offer guidance and support to the younger players that were brought into the organization. A sizeable fraction of these musicians went on to have successful careers as members of professional orchestras in different parts of the United Kingdom and even further afield. When promotions were being handed out on stage, Justine made sure to pay close attention to who was dancing which role and was exceedingly generous with her applause and praises. She also made sure to pay close attention to who was dancing which role. She did her magic, and the orchestra and the dancers were easily able to come together as one.
In a similar manner, because to Justine’s attention to detail and unwavering dedication to improving the quality of her work, the SBO has been able to uphold its impeccable reputation, which will result in an incalculable legacy. In the five years that have gone since Justine received the news that she had her disease for the first time, she has demonstrated a hopeful outlook, tremendous bravery, and extraordinary tenacity. During this time, she has also continued to lead the orchestra on a number of successful tours for the Scottish Ballet. Most recently, she led the orchestra in Glasgow for A Streetcar Named Desire.
People whose lives she touched are going to miss her terribly because of the impact she had on their lives. During this time of great difficulty, her husband Ewen and their three sons are in our thoughts and prayers. Also included in this group is her family.