Derek has been a Music Director in Perth since 1978, having worked on more than 28 professional theatre productions (musicals) up until 1990. Since then he has been a Lecturer in Music Theatre at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, which involves both teaching and being Music Director for productions. WAAPA has the reputation of being the premier performing arts institution of its kind in Australia, and the music theatre department is renowned for its excellence in both teaching and productions.
Derek’s qualifications include Associate Diploma in Music (piano), Bachelor of Music (University of Western Australia) and Diploma of Education. Derek taught music in Sweden for 2 years (1985
1987) at Sigtunaskolan Humanistiska Läroverktet the prestigious school (situated just 50kms from Stockholm) where the current King of Sweden was educated. He is fluent in Swedish, and has a Swedish wife and son!
During his freelance years Derek also worked as a pianist in various forms. Piano is Derek’s main instrument (he also plays piano accordion), and he has performed for all types of functions ranging from solo piano concerts, to solo piano at weddings and restaurants, to television work, and also band work in the area of cabaret. His repertoire is large and varied – but is mainly “easy listening” (from light classical to ragtime to Billy Joel).
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