Derek Williams

  • Files

    • sound file (mp3)
  • Links

    Personal Website
    website

Bands

  • Band Role
  • Frank Holden Big Band Musical Director, Pianist

Credits

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

    I own (and can operate):
    Canon TS8050 A4 Colour Duplex CD and Photo Printer/Scanner, HP 7612 A3 Colour Duplex Printer/Scanner/Fax, Windows PC P6T WS Intel X58 i7 930 Quad Core 2.8GHz 6.4GT/s processor and 24GB RAM, Mac Pro computer 2.6GHz Eight Core with 24GB RAM, Samsung SSD 1TB, WD 4TB and 2x 6TB Time Machine USB3 backup drives., AOC 28" 4K Monitor, Apple iPad Pro 13" with 256GB, Philips 40X 4K Monitors (x2), Steinberg CC121 USB Control Surface for Cubase, Roland RD-300X, M-Audio ProKeys Sono 88, Kurzweil K2500R, Korg M3R, Behringer DDX3216, Acer AL1916W, Apple Cinema Displays (x2), Apple iPad 3, 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

    I currently reside in Scotland, where I graduated PhD in music at The University of Edinburgh, and where I am now on the Associated Staff as Lecturer/Tutor in Composition and Orchestration.  In my private studio, I teach Piano, Musicianship and Theory of Music including preparation for those interested in entering ABRSM and Trinity College grade and diploma examinations.  I also teach Composition, Orchestration and Arranging using Sibelius and Cubase to all levels including university graduates and undergraduates.  I offer lessons locally in Edinburgh or online via Skype Music Tuition.  Fees published on this site apply identically for private or online tuition, offering discount packages for block bookings. I welcome adult students over 16 or who have reached Grade 5 and higher on any instrument, including Voice.

    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 Edinburgh University Encounters project, EUSOG, 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 Royal Albert Hall, Garrick Theatre (London), Sydney Opera House and Melbourne Hamer Hall (Australia), Capetown University South Africa, the Hawaiian Theatre Honolulu, the Australian Embassy (New York), Sala Accademica di Santa Cecilia (Rome) and Edinburgh University.

    I have been orchestrator, associate composer and conductor for 27 feature films, television documentaries, mini series, and fifteen 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 achieved critical and popular acclaim, including 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 commissions have been to compose the score for Ruaridh M Tuner's film The Beast In The Storm, which won Best Thriller at the Los Angeles Independent Film Awards, and to arrange, conduct, mix and master the vocal and orchestral music for the Glenfiddich 21yo Whisky ad campaign, so far exceeding 1.7 million hits, viewable on my YouTube channel.  My current commissions are to compose a new 4 movement symphony for The Orchestra of the Canongait and a trio for the Hindemith Trio in Parma, Italy.

    I have the digital technology necessary to work in-house in my private studio at:

    derekwilliams.net/services/conducting_producing_recording/ as well as with live ensembles of any size as Arranger, Conductor or Producer. Testimonials in all these fields are available on request.

    You may also download my CV and Intro Letter.

    Additional Skills

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

    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: **contact removed**

    Telephone **contact removed** Fax **contact removed** 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: **contact removed**

    Cell phone **contact removed** 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: **contact removed**

    Telephone **contact removed** Fax **contact removed** 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: **contact removed**

    Telephone **contact removed** Mobile **contact removed** 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: **contact removed**

    Telephone **contact removed** Mobile **contact removed** 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

    Industry Awards

    Many of the media to which I have contributed have themselves achieved critical and popular acclaim, including:

    • AFI Awards - Australian Film Institute (Body Surfer, The Crossing, Come In Spinner, Thank

    God He Met Lizze)

    • Australian Aria Award nomination (Cash Landing – EMI Music)

    • Best Film nomination, Sitges - Catalonian International Film Festival (Frauds)

    • Best Film Score - New Zealand Film and TV Awards (Crush)

    • Best Short Animation - BAFTA Award, Best Graduation Film - Annecy International Animated

    Film Festival, Golden Dove, Audience Award - Leipzig DOK Festival, Best British Short, Best

    New British Animation – Edinburgh International Film Festival, Scottish Sh

    • Best Sound Track - New Zealand Film and TV Awards (Crush)

    • FCCA Award - Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards (Thank God He Met Lizzie)

    • Golden Raven - Brussels International Festival of Fantasy Film (Frauds)

    • Logie Awards (Police Rescue, Come In Spinner, The Crossing)

    • Oscar (Adventures Of Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert)

    • Palme d’Or - Cannes Film Festival (Frauds, Crush)

    • Platinum record sales (Come In Spinner - ABC)

    • Starboy Award - Oulu International Children's Film Festival (Hildegarde)

    • Verona Love Screens Film Festival (Thank God He Met Lizzie)

    • Best Action/Thriller/SciFi - Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards (The Beast in the

    Storm)

    • Award of Merit – IndieFEST Film Awards (The Beast in the Storm)

  • Skills

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