Derek Williams

Derek Williams

Bands

Credits

  • Year
    Role / Type
    Name of Production / Director
    Company / Venue
  • 2007 - 2016
    Lecturer, Tutor and Examiner
    Education
    Orchestration and Composition
    Professor Peter Nelson
    The University of Edinburgh
    The University of Edinburgh
  • 2015
    Pianist
    Musician
    Tonight At The West End
    Peter Donald Ferguson
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
    2012, PhD
    The University of Edinburgh
  • 1997
    DipTeach
    NSW Dept of Education & Training
    1997, DipTeach
    NSW Dept of Education & Training
  • 1982
    DipTchg
    New Zealand Ministry of Education
    1982, DipTchg
    New Zealand Ministry of Education
  • 1977
    FTCL
    Trinity College of Music, London
    1977, FTCL
    Trinity College of Music, London
  • 1976
    LMusTCL
    Trinity College of Music, London
    1976, LMusTCL
    Trinity College of Music, London
  • 1975
    BMus
    The University of Auckland
    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)