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Derek Williams

Derek Williams

Bands

Credits

Year Role / Type Name of Production / Director Company / Venue
2007 - 2018 Lecturer, Tutor and Examiner
Education
Orchestration and Composition
Professor Peter Nelson
The University of Edinburgh
The University of Edinburgh
2016 Composer, Orchestrator, Audio Engineer
Composing / Arranging
The Beast in the Storm (Film)
Ruaridh M Turner
Turner Gang
2015 Pianist
Musician
Tonight At The West End
Peter Donald Ferguson
Tonight Productions
Usher Hall
2015 Arranger, Conductor
Composing / Arranging
Glenfiddich 21yo ad campaign
Martyn Gooding
William Grant & Sons
47/49 Tanner Street, London Bridge
2015 Composer
Music Composing
The Mail Porter (Documentary Video)
Sandie Jamieson
Sick Kids Friends Foundation
The Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh, Scotland
2014 Composer, Pianist
Live Performance
Medea - 'Greece Meets West'
The University of Edinburgh
Reid Hall, Bristo Square, Edinburgh University
2005 - 2014 Arranger/Orchestrator, Keyboards Player, Assistant Producer
Composing / Arranging
Caroline O'Connor
Barrie Shaw
Caroline O'Connor Productions
Royal Albert Hall, Sydney Opera House, Hamer Hall (Melbourne), Garrick Theatre (London), Australian Embassy (New York)
2006 - 2014 Pianist, Musical Director
Music Direction
Frank Holden Big Band
Frank Holden
Sinatra Entertainment
Various - see comments
2013 Composer
Composing / Arranging
Colours Overture 'Waltz'
Vince Hantam
The Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Paterson's Land, The University of Edinburgh
2013 Composer, Pianist
Live Performance
Medea - 'Greece Meets West'
The Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Edinburgh Jazz Bar
2012 Pianist
Other
The Making of Longbird (Animation)
Will Young
Edinburgh College of Art
The University of Edinburgh
2012 Composer 'Mature Boy' String Quartet
Music Composing
Raymond Monelle Memorial Conference
Ryan Somerville
The University of Edinburgh
St Cecilia's Hall, Edinburgh
2011 Composer
Music Composing
Seiras Piano Quintet
Professor Nigel Osborne
The University of Edinburgh/Sala Accademica di Santa Cecilia
Sala Accademica di Santa Cecilia, Rome Italy and Reid Hall, Bristo Square, Edinburgh University
2011 Composer
Music Composing
Our Scottish Context - 'Quintet for Piano, Violin, Cello, Clarinet and Horn'
Ryan Somerville
The University of Edinburgh
Reid Hall, Bristo Square, Edinburgh University
2009 Producer and Composer
Production / Engineering
Encounters CD
Professor Nigel Osborne
The University of Edinburgh
Reid Hall, Bristo Square, Edinburgh University
2009 Composer
Live Performance
String Theories
Professor Nigel Osborne
The University of Edinburgh
Kings Place, London
2008 Répétiteur, Sound Recordist
Opera
Opera Shorts
Luke Drummond
The Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Continental Hotel, Edinburgh, Scotland
2008 Répétiteur, Offstage Conductor
Opera
Faust
Rita Henderson
Edinburgh Grand Opera
Edinburgh Festival Theatre
2007 Musical Director, Pianist
Music Direction
Salad Days
Nick Ward
Edinburgh University Savoy Opera Group
Pleasance Theatre, Edinburgh University
2007 Composer
Composing / Arranging
Caledonian Quartet
Professor Nigel Osborne
The University of Edinburgh
Reid Hall, Bristo Square, Edinburgh University
1989 - 2006 Examiner in Music and Computing Studies
Education
New South Wales Higher School Certificate
The New South Wales Board of Studies
Sydney, Australia
1995 - 2006 Resident Pianist
Live Performance
Araluen Weddings
Ros & Phil Smith
Araluen Receptions
2 Brigadoon Court, Epping NSW 2121
2001 Arranger, Orchestrator, Musician
Other
Hildegarde (movie)
Di Drew
Australian Film Commission
Australia
2001 Composer: additional music, Orchestrator
Other
Hard Knox (TV movie)
Peter Bloomfield
Jeffrey M. Hayes, executive producer
Australia
1997 Orchestrator, Score Programmer
Other
Thank God He Met Lizzie (movie)
Cherie Nowlan
Stamen Films Ltd
1996 Score Programmer, Arranger
Composing / Arranging
The Last Empress
Yun Ho Jin
Arts Communication (A-Com)
Seoul Performing Arts Center, New York State Theater, Lincoln Center
1996 Musical Director, Arranger/Orchestrator, Keyboards Player
Music Direction
Lulu - The Musical
Crook & Carrol Partnership
New Theatre
New Theatre, Newtown, Sydney Australia
1994 Keyboards Player
Live Performance
Phantom Of The Opera
Cameron Macintosh
Kings Theatre, Sydney Australia
1985 - 1994 Keyboards Player
Live Performance
Cats
Trevor Nunn
The Really Useful Company
Kings Theatre and Her Majesty's Theatre, Sydney Australia
1994 Orchestrator
Other
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (movie)
Stephan Elliott
Polygram Filmed Entertainment
Australia
1993 Orchestrator
Other
Crush (movie)
Alison Maclean
Australian Film Council
Australia
1993 Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor, Composer: additional music
Other
Frauds (movie)
Stephan Elliott
J & M Entertainment
Australia
1993 Arranger, Orchestrator, Musician
Other
Seven Deadly Sins (TV mini-series)
Ken Cameron (segment
Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)
Australia
1992 Orchestrator, Conductor: additional music
Other
Blinky Bill (animated movie)
Yoram Gross
Yoram Gross Productions
Australia
1992 Orchestrator, Conductor, Composer: additional music, Musician
Other
The Other Side of Paradise (TV movie)
Renny Rye
10 TV Network
Australia
1991 Keyboards Player
Live Performance
Nunsense
Mike Wade
1991 Orchestrator, Composer: additional music, Musician
Other
Police Rescue (TV series)
Peter Fisk
Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
Australia
1991 Orchestrator, Conductor
Other
Children of the Dragon (TV series)
Peter Smith
Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
Australia
1990 Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor, Composer: additional music
Other
Ring of Scorpio (TV movie)
Ian Barry
Nine Network Australia
Australia
1990 Composer: additional music
Other
The Wonderful World Of Dogs (documentary)
Mark Lewis
Mark Lewis
1990 Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor
Other
Come in Spinner (TV movie)
Robert Marchand
Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)
Australia
1989 Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor, Composer: additional music
Other
The Crossing (movie)
George Ogilvie
Beyond Productions
Australia
1989 Musician (keyboards)
Live Performance
"You've Always Got The Blues", (TV Special) Kate Ceberano & Wendy Matthews
Martin Armiger
Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)
Australia
1989 Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor, Musician
Other
Bodysurfer (TV mini-series)
Ian Barry
John Sexton Productions
Australia
1989 Composer, Orchestrator, Musician
Other
In Grave Danger of Falling Food (TV series documentary)
Julian Russell
220 Productions, Thames Television
Australia
1988 Arranger, Keyboards Programmer
Composing / Arranging
Manning Clarke - History of Australia
John Bell
Almost Managing Company
Princess Theatre, Melbourne
1988 Associate Composer, Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor
Other
"Let's Celebrate '88" (TV station ID music)
Robin Heaps
Seven Network Australia
Australia
1988 Orchestrator, Conductor, Musician
Other
The Last Resort (TV Series)
Ron Elliott, Colin Englert
Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)
Australia
1987 Keyboards Player
Live Performance
Rasputin
Stephen Hopkins
Harry Vogelsanger
State Theatre, Sydney Australia
1985 - 1986 Musical Director, Pianist
Music Direction
'Solid Gold' show
Martin Mowlam
Australia's Wonderland theme park
Wallgrove Road, Eastern Creek, Sydney Australia
1983 - 1985 Musical Director, Arranger/Orchestrator, Keyboards Player
Composing / Arranging
Aloha
Sir Robert Helpman and Robert Young
Hamilton Operatic Society
Founders Theatre, Hamilton and His Majesty's Theatre, Auckland New Zealand
1980 Musical Director, Keyboards Player
Music Direction
Godspell
Robert Young
Rotorua Operatic Society
Civic Theatre, Roturua, New Zealand
1979 Keyboards Player
Live Performance
Jesus Christ, Superstar!
Robert Young
Rotorua Operatic Society
Civic Theatre, Roturua, New Zealand
1973 - 1974 Casual Lecturer, Tutor and Examiner
Education
Harmony & Aural Training
Professors Charles Nalden and Peter Godfrey
The University of Auckland
The University of Auckland, New Zealand

Education

  • Year
    Qualification
    Where
  • 2012
    PhD
    The University of Edinburgh
  • 1997
    DipTeach
    NSW Dept of Education & Training
  • 1982
    DipTchg
    New Zealand Ministry of Education
  • 1977
    FTCL
    Trinity College of Music, London
  • 1976
    LMusTCL
    Trinity College of Music, London
  • 1975
    BMus
    The University of Auckland

Equipment

I own and can operate: Roland RD-300X, M-Audio ProKeys Sono 88, Kurzweil K2500R, Korg M3R, Behringer DDX3216, Acer AL1916W, Apple Cinema Displays (x2), Apple iPad 3, Windows PC P6T WS PRO Intel X58 i7 930 Quad Core 2.8GHz 6.4GT/s processor, Mac Pro computer 3GHz Quad Core, Yamaha SPX90, ESi 2 x M8U-XL, MOTU 2 x 2048 Mk 3, Behringer Ultrapatch Pro PX2000, Contour Shuttle Pro2, Tascam US-224, Beyer DT250, ESI uniK 2 x 04, ESI uniK 2 x 05, Yamaha 2 x NS20, Korg NanoPad & NanoKeys

About me

Alongside my career as an educator, I have been self-employed variously as composer, conductor, musical director and record producer for a range of international clients, including The University of Edinburgh and Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, EMI Music, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Caroline O'Connor, Sir Robert Helpmann, Sir Howard Morrison. My work has featured in performances at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Royal Albert Hall and Garrick Theatre (London), Sydney Opera House and Melbourne Hamer Hall (Australia), the Australian Embassy (New York), Sala Accademica di Santa Cecilia (Rome) and Edinburgh University.

I have been orchestrator, associate composer, musician for 21 feature films, television documentaries, mini series, and 15 album titles and have been a frequent conductor of studio orchestras, including Melbourne Symphony Orchestra for the feature film Frauds. Many of the media to which I have contributed have themselves achieved critical and popular acclaim, including BAFTA Award (The Making of Longbird), Best Film Score (Crush), an Oscar (Adventures Of Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert), Triple Platinum record sales (Come In Spinner - ABC) and an Australian Aria Award nomination (Cash Landing – EMI Music).

Stars in films I have orchestrated include Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Phil Collins, Josephine Byrnes, Lee Majors, Jack Scalia, Bob Peck, Guy Pearce, Terence Stamp. I worked with Torvill & Dean as arranger and pianist for their album Here We Stand. I have performed extensively as keyboardist, including over 400 performances of Andrew Lloyd Webber's show Cats (Really Useful Theatre Company) and Phantom of the Opera (Cameron Mackintosh Limited), and as musical director for independent productions.

My most recent commission was to arrange, conduct, mix and master the vocal and orcestral music for the Glenfiddich 21yo Whisky ad campaign, so far exceeding 1.7 million hits, viewable on my YouTube channel below. My current commission is to compose a new 4 movement symphony for the Orchestra of the Canongait.

My current commission is to compose a new 4 movement symphony for the Orchestra of the Canongait.

Additional Skills

Composer, Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor, Score Programmer, Producer, Musical Director, Piano Keyboards Player

Industry Awards

Many of the media to which I have contributed have themselves achieved critical and popular acclaim, including BAFTA Award (The Making of Longbird), Best Film Score (Crush), an Oscar (Adventures Of Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert), Triple Platinum record sales (Come In Spinner - ABC) and an Australian Aria Award nomination (Cash Landing – EMI Music). Stars in films I have orchestrated include Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Phil Collins, Josephine Byrnes, Lee Majors, Jack Scalia, Bob Peck, Guy Pearce, Terence Stamp.

Additional Information

Available internationally.

Referees

1. Professor Peter Nelson
The University of Edinburgh
Department of Music
Alison House
12 Nicolson Square
Edinburgh EH8 9DF
SCOTLAND

Email: p.nelson@ed.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 131 650 2428
Fax: +44 131 650 2425
www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/arts-culture-environment/music/staff/academic-staff


2. Dr Carl Hammond
920 Emaus
Pudahuel, Lomas de lo Aguirre
Santiago 9061253
CHILE

Email: carlhammond@me.com
Cell phone: +56 02 6282 4323
www.musicalcompositions.net/newcomposerpg.html


3. Reid Professor, Nigel Osborne MBE (retired)
The University of Edinburgh
Department of Music
Alison House
12 Nicolson Square
Edinburgh EH8 9DF
SCOTLAND

Email: n.osborne@ed.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 1368 830 420
Fax: +44 131 650 2425
www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/arts-culture-environment/music/staff/academic-staff


4. Mr Martin Armiger
Head of Screen Composition
Australian Film, Television & Radio School
PO Box 2286
Strawberry Hills
NSW 2012
AUSTRALIA

Email: martinarmiger@bigpond.com
Telephone: +61 2 9805 6468
Mobile: +61 400 400 249
http://www.aftrs.edu.au/staff/degree-program/martin-armiger


5. Mr Garry Traynor
Principal
Sydney Community College
PO Box 247
Leichhardt
NSW 2040
AUSTRALIA

Email: garry.traynor@scc.nsw.edu.au
Telephone: +61 2 8752 7577
Mobile: +61 414 659 500
www.sydneycommunitycollege.com.au/About/Board


Reference Letters – available on request
• Professor Nigel Osborne
• Mr Martin Armiger, Australian Film, Radio & Television School
• Professor Peter Nelson
• Mr Guy Gross, Screen Composer
• Emeritus Professor, Dr Charles Nalden
• Mr Michael Stavrou, Sound Engineer
• Emeritus Professor, Dr John Tiffin
• Mr Geoff McNeil, Principal, Randwick Boys High School
• New South Wales Board of Studies (2)
• Mr Geoff Cramond, Principal, Rotorua Boys High School

Skills

Primary Job Type Composer
Primary Instrument Piano
Job Types Arranger, Composer, Conductor, Musical Director, Musician, Producer
Instruments Keyboard, Organ, Piano
Musical Style A capella, Acoustic, Ballet, Baroque, Big band, Chamber, Classical, Concerto, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Swing
Languages Spoken English, French
Years in industry 6+ years
Driving Licences Standard
Home Studio Yes
ISDN Line No
Organisations BASCA
DBS checked Yes
Interested in Composing/Arranging, Education / Therapy, Festival, Live Performance, Music Direction, Opera, Orchestra, Publishing, Research / Academic, Teacher, Tour (UK)