Derek Williams

Derek Williams

Music composer, music supervisor and music conductor in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

About Derek

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 and musician for 27 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 Best Thriller at the Los Angeles Independent Film Awards (The Beast In The Storm), BAFTA Award (The Making of Longbird), Best Film Score (Crush), an Oscar (The 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 arrange, conduct, mix and master the vocal and orchestral music for the Glenfiddich 21yo Whisky ad campaign, so far reaching 1.7 million hits, viewable on my YouTube channel below, and to score the music Ruaridh M Turner's multi award winning short thriller, 'The Beast in the Storm'. My current commissions are to compose a new 4 movement symphony for The Orchestra of the Canongait in Scotland, and a new trio for the Hindemith Trio in Parma, Italy.

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

Services available are listed on my website at: http://derekwilliams.net/services/


Name: Derek Williams

Lives in: Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Occupation: Music Composer, Music Supervisor, Music Conductor and Musician

Credits

  • Referee Interviews

    Referee Interviews (2006 - 2017)
    Music by Derek Williams Music (Biography and Music) Composer, Arranger, Conductor, Producer Interviews with clients and collaborators about their experiences of working with Derek Williams.

  • The Beast in the Storm

    The Beast in the Storm (2016 - 2017)
    Film (short) by Ruaridh M Turner Composer, Orchestrator, Audio Engineer It is winter, 1985. As darkness begins to fall, a young boy ventures home through a remote and hostile landscape. The boy senses danger as strange and frightening events occur. Armed with only his toy soldier and a flashlight, he must find the courage to reach safety. Meanwhile several miles away, a woman races home through a gathering storm, spurred by a terrifying phone call.

  • The Snowman

    The Snowman (2016)
    Film (short) by Rogue Village, Hobo Cinema Conductor Hobo Cinema screened Christmas classic, The Snowman, with professional orchestra, The Lothian Festival Orchestra, conducted by Derek Williams, performing the live score at St Mary's Parish Church in Haddington. There were three performances.

  • Tonight At The West End Show

    Tonight At The West End Show (2015)
    Music by Tonight Productions, Derek Williams (Piano) (Music and Musical) Pianist Starring: Ruthie Henshall, Louise Dearman, Jon Lee Musical Director: Greg Davidson Piano: Derek Williams Keys 2: Iain Strachan Reed 1: Phil Alexander Reed 2: Andrew Mann Reed 3: Russell Cowieson Trumpet: Andrew Connell Smith Trombone: Nicole Tonner Guitar: Mark Austin Bass: Tom Haycock Drums/Percussion: Pete Murch Usher Hall, Edinburgh, 22nd November 2015 Producer: Peter Ferguson Creative Director/Choreographer: Murray Grant Dance Captain: Senay Taormina Technical Director: Paul Smith - Apex Acoustics Graphic Design: Katie White - White Creative Co. Photography: Andrew Gowland - AJG Photography Videography: J ack Douglas - Trademark Film & Photography

  • Glenfiddich 21yo Whisky ad campaign

    Glenfiddich 21yo Whisky ad campaign (2015)
    Commercial by Derek Williams (Arranger, Conductor, Mastering Engineer), Noel Music Management (Music) Arranger, Conductor, Audio Engineer Glenfiddich Whisky's relaunch of their signature 21 year old whisky, a special blend finished in Caribbean rum barrels. Noel Music Management brought together the Co-operative Orchestra Scotland and singer Calma Carmona to perform my orchestral/vocal arrangement, scored, conducted, mixed and mastered by me.

  • 'Headline Act'

    'Headline Act' (2015)
    Music by Luke Faulkner (Piano, Aranger), Derek Williams (Conductor, Arranger, Producer) (Music) Orchestrator, Conductor Luke Faulkner - Piano, Orchestrations Derek Williams - Conductor, Orchestration, Producer Recorded at The Reid Concert Hall, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, 28th May 2015 Musicians: Luke Faulkner - Solo Piano Rebecca Steven - Flute Dick Lee - Clarinet 1/Alto Saxophone Ellie Steemson - Clarinet 2/Tenor Saxophone Ruari Wilson - Trumpet 1/Flugelhorn Aaron Akugbo - Trumpet 2/Flugelhorn Andrew Blair - Trombone Fraser Harrington - String Synth Double Bass - Lauren Peters Owen McAllister - Drums Derek Williams - Fixer Technical crew: Key Hay - Audio Engineer Musical Arrangements - Luke Faulkner & Derek Williams Derek Williams - Mixing & Mastering Paul Maguire - Camera & Editing

  • Frank Holden - Sinatra Entertainment

    Frank Holden - Sinatra Entertainment (2007 - 2015)
    Music by Frank Holden (Music) Pianist, Musical Director Interpreting Frank Sinatra in live big band shows.

  • The Infinity Project

    The Infinity Project (2015)
    Film by Atzi Lipsync, Derek Williams (Music) Pianist Parodying a charity video, The Infinity Project victimises seemingly forgotten, malformed and starving drawings, in a hope to breath life into independent animation production. OFFICIAL SELECTION - Ottawa International Animation Festival 2015 Edinburgh International Film Festival 2015 -- Animation: Will Anderson, Cat Bruce, Ross Butter, Peter Millard Composer: Atzi Piano: Derek Williams Violin and Viola: Tim Vincent-Smith Violoncello: Atzi Sound design & mix: Keith Duncan

  • The Mail Porter

    The Mail Porter (2015)
    Documentary by Sick Kids Friends Foundation, Derek Williams (Composer) (Music) Composer Documentary of Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh

  • 'Edinburgh Festival' Tone Poem

    'Edinburgh Festival' Tone Poem (2014)
    Music by Pete Warburton (Composer) Derek Williams (Arranger, Conductor, Producer) (Music) Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor 'Edinburgh Festival' - A Tone Poem for Chamber Orchestra Composed by Pete Warburton Orchestration by Derek Williams Conducted by Derek Williams First Rehearsal - Demo Recording Reid Concert Hall, The University of Edinburgh, Scotland UK. 17 April 2014 Score: V3.1 14-4-14 ORCHESTRA Conductor: Derek Williams Leader: Amira Bedrush-Macdonald Fixer: Clea Friend WOODWIND Flute 1, Piccolo: Sue Hughes Flute : Sharon Dowsett Oboe: Luci Holland Clarinet: Lesley Bell Bassoon: Kath Nagl BRASS Horn 1: Pat Broderick Horn 2: Andrew McClean Trumpet: Finlay Hetherington Bass Trombone: John Kenny PERCUSSION Cymbal, Glockenspiel, Snare Drum: Glynn Forrest Bass Drum, Timpani: David Kerr STRINGS Harp: Alina Bzhezhinska Lazorkina Violin 1: Amira Bedrush-Macdonald Katrina Bateman Roddy Long Marius Navik Ailsa Ramage Stewart Webster Violin 2: Ellizabeth Beeston Robert Dick Emma Lloyd Emmeline McCracken Robert McFall Dániel Máté Mészöly Viola: Michael Beeston Stuart Taylor Veronika Vardpatrikyan Asher Zaccardelli Cello: Clea Friend Graham Coe Aline Harris Angie Turner Bass: May Halyburton John Wilkinson VIDEO RECORDING Videographier, Editor: Anna Deutsch Assistant Camera: Cem Ibrahim SOUND RECORDING Sound Engineer: Kevin Hay Editing & Mastering: Derek Williams SCORE ARTWORK Graphic Design: Murray Warburton

  • Medea - The Opera

    Medea - The Opera (2014)
    Theater by Derek Williams (Composer, Piano), Edinburgh Festival Fringe (Music) Composer, Pianist Chamber opera, Music by Derek Williams. Libretto by Derek Williams, based on the original Greek play by Euripides. Concert performance 31st January, 2014 at the Reid Hall, The University of Edinburgh, Scotland. Premiered at Edinburgh Jazz Bar. Soprano: Christina Dunwoodie https://www.rcs.ac.uk/staff/christina-dunwoodie/ Bass Clarinet: Jean Johnson http://www.jean-johnson.com Piano (Composer): Derek Williams http://www.derekwilliams.net In this Act, Medea murders her two children - Pheres and Mermerus, to spite her former husband, Jason of the Argonauts who dumped her as a Barbarian in order to marry the Greek princess, Glauce. Medea by then has already also murdered Glauce and Glauce's father, King Creon. All rights reserved.

  • Plot For Peace

    Plot For Peace (2013)
    Documentary by Stephen Smith (Documentary, Thriller and History) Orchestrator ('Empire' soundtrack) This is the untold story behind History, a well-kept secret behind the world-wide icon: Nelson Mandela's release was a Plot for Peace. For the first time, heads of state, generals, diplomats, master spies and anti-apartheid fighters reveal how Africa's front line states helped end apartheid. Their improbable key to Mandela's prison cell was a mysterious French businessman, dubbed "Monsieur Jacques" in classified correspondence. His trade secret was trust.

  • Waltz

    Waltz (2013)
    Dance by Derek Williams (Composer), The University of Edinburgh (Music) Composer Colours are part of the Oxygen events that represent the joint work of the University of Edinburgh and The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland that is curated by the Chair of New Work, acclaimed musician and conductor Peter Manning. Colours are inspired by the life work of Margaret Morris and are exciting New Works of artistic excellence by Artist in Residence Vincent Hantam and set to music by emerging Composers at the Reid School of Music. This work and collaboration was envisioned by Wendy Timmons, Programme director of the MSc Dance Science & Education at Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh

  • The Making of Longbird

    The Making of Longbird (2013)
    Film by Wil Anderson (Documentary and Animation) Pianist Director & Writer: Will Anderson - Edinburgh College of Art Composer: Atzi Muramatsu Piano Solo: Derek Williams Violin: Kate Miguda Cello: Atzi Muramatsu Co-writers: Ainslie Henderson Vitalij Sicinava IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1943839 AWARDS: • BAFTA 2013 Film Award: Best Short Animation • Annecy International Animated Film Festival 2012: Best Graduation Film • BAFTA Awards, Scotland 2012: Won • BAFTA Scotland Award: Best Animation • Edinburgh International Film Festival 2012: Audience Award, Best British Short, Best Short Film • Leipzig DOK Festival 2011: Audience Award, Golden Dove • Warsaw International Film Festival 2011: Short Grand Prix Broadcast Channel 4 12th November, 2013, 00:00GMT

  • Caroline O'Connor - Hamer Hall Official Opening

    Caroline O'Connor - Hamer Hall Official Opening (2012)
    Theater by Derek Williams (Arranger), Hamer Hall, Melbourne (Music) Arranger, Orchestrator Caroline's takes part in the opening 2 concerts of the newly refurbished Hamer Hall in Melbourne 28th & 29th June 2012

  • Wilde - The Opera

    Wilde - The Opera (2011)
    Theater by Derek Williams (Composer), The University of Edinburgh (Music) Composer https://www.academia.edu/600227/Wilde_-_The_Opera_Synopsis

  • Quintet for Clarinet, Horn, Violin, Cello and Piano

    Quintet for Clarinet, Horn, Violin, Cello and Piano (2011)
    Music by Derek Williams (Composer), Artisan Quintet, Edinburgh (Music) Composer Composer: Derek Williams, 2011 Commissioned by the Artisan Trio. Funded by Edinburgh University Roberts Fund and the Edinburgh Campaign World première at the Reid Concert Hall, The University of Edinburgh, 23 April, 2011. Clarinet: Pete Furniss Horn: Alec Frank-Gemmill Violin: Ruth Crouch Violoncello: Clea Friend Piano: Simon Smith

  • Piano Quintet

    Piano Quintet (2011)
    Music by Derek Williams (Composer), Serias Quintet, Rome (Music) Composer Commissioned and performed by Seiras Quintet, Rome An inter-university project between Edinburgh and Rome (recorded on a handheld iPhone, with apologies for image stability issues) This performance: Edinburgh University, St Cecilia's Hall, 4 May 2011 World Première performance: Sala Accademica di Santa Cecilia, Rome, 8 March 2011

  • Verso-Tempo

    Verso-Tempo (2011)
    Film by Julien Longchamp (Composer), Derek Williams (Conductor) (Music) Conductor Live performance of Verso-Tempo by the Apostrophe Ensemble (Focus Left event, The Arches, Glasgow, 2011) Derek Williams (conductor) Simon Dennis (flute), Linzi Cowan (clarinet), Carol Diaper (trumpet), Rachel Gilmour (trombone), Andrew Scott (vibraphone), Lindsey Shuttleworth (percussion), Aaron Jamison (violin), Jackie Keeley (cello) Film and Music: Julien Lonchamp Thanks to Gerry Rossi, Calum Scott, Claudine Quinn, Robert Dow, Jill Smith and Enid Still.

  • Fall of a Window Cleaner

    Fall of a Window Cleaner (2011)
    Film by Julien Longchamp (Composer), Derek Williams (Conductor) (Music) Conductor Live performance of "Fall of a window cleaner" by the Apostrophe Ensemble at The Arches LIVE Festival (Glasgow, 20/09/11) Derek Williams (conductor) Simon Dennis (flute), Calum Robertson (clarinet), Carol Diaper (trumpet), Rachel Gilmour (trombone), Lindsey Shuttleworth (percussion), Claire Yim (violin), Jackie Keeley (cello) Film and Music: Julien Lonchamp Thanks to Claudine Quinn, LJ Findlay-Walsh, Jill Smith, Grant Anderson and Jules Nally. Developed with support of The Arches �© Julien Lonchamp 2011

  • Caroline O'Connor - The Showgirl Within

    Caroline O'Connor - The Showgirl Within (2010)
    Theater by Caroline O'Connor (Vocalist), Derek Williams (Arranger), Garrick Theatre, London (Music) Arranger, Orchestrator from 'The Showgirl Within' Starring: Caroline O'Connor at the Garrick Theatre, London, September 2010. Arrangement: Derek Williams http://www.officiallondontheatre.co.uk/london-shows/show/item112100/caroline-oconnor-the-showgirl-within/ Director: Michael Gracey Producer: Neil Eckersley & Paul Spicer for Speckulation and Stuart Piper & Jon Bath for Cole Kitchenn - www.colekitchenn.com Choreographer: Ashley Wallen Lighting Designer: Mike Robertson Sound: James Tebb http://www.carolineoconnor.com/

  • Fortune & Men's Eyes, String Theories

    Fortune & Men's Eyes, String Theories (2010)
    Music by Derek Williams (Composer), Kings Place, London (Music) Composer Derek Williams Composer. Filmed with my iPhone. Written for string quartet, piano, clarinet and soprano, of the classic Shakespeare sonnet for the Out Hear concert series with composer colleagues from the University of Edinburgh. Recorded by BBC live for broadcast on Radio 3, audio version here: https://soundcloud.com/derekwilliamsmusic/fortune-and-mens-eyes Soprano: Lore Lixenberg Clarinet: Neyire Ashworth Piano: Kirsteen Davidson Kelly Strings: The Edinburgh Quartet (Tristan Gurney, Philip Burrin, Michael Beeston, Mark Bailey) Bass: Ryan Somerville Performed at Kings Place, London, 19th October, 2009.

  • The Syllabus

    The Syllabus (2004 - 2010)
    Dance by Glenn Wood Tap (Music) Composer, Arranger, Orchestrator, Musician, Engineer, Producer Glenn Wood Tap Syllabus

  • Caledonian Quartet - Encounters Project

    Caledonian Quartet - Encounters Project (2009)
    Music by Derek Williams (Composer, Producer), The Edinburgh Quartet (Music) Composer Caledonian Quartet, Derek Williams (2007) premièred by The Edinburgh Quartet in workshops at The University of Edinburgh. 1. Reel (from 'Encounters' CD) 2. Air (public workshop) 3. Jig (public workshop)

  • A World of Intentions

    A World of Intentions (2009)
    Music by John Mulkins (Composer, Singer), Derek Williams (String Arranger), San Francisco (Music) Arranger, Orchestrator http://www.johnmulkins.com/

  • Faust

    Faust (2008)
    Theater by Edinburgh Grand Opera, Derek Williams (Repetiteur, Offstage Conductor) (Music) Repetiteur, Offstage Conductor FAUST: Charles Gounod; Act I, Scene 1. Conductor: Richard Lewis Offstage Conductor & Répétiteur: Derek Williams Directors: Rita Henderson & Graham Crammond Faust: Rafael Alvarez Chorus: Edinburgh Grand Opera Full credits on Opening Titles. Recorded live performance at the Festival Theatre Produced by Edinburgh Grand Opera, March 2008 http://www.edinburghgrandopera.com/page/Home.aspx http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faust_%28opera%29

  • Opera Shorts

    Opera Shorts (2008)
    Theater by Edinburgh Festival Fringe (Music) Répétiteur 4 x 15 minute operas by music students at The University of Edinburgh

  • Caroline O'Connor - Kander & Ebb, Night of 1,000 Voices

    Caroline O'Connor - Kander & Ebb, Night of 1,000 Voices (2007)
    Theater by Royal Albert Hall, London Arranger, Orchestrator

  • Salad Days

    Salad Days (2007)
    Theater by Edinburgh University Savoy Opera Group (Musical) Musical Director, Répétiteur Edinburgh University Savoy Opera Group, 2007

  • Caroline O'Connor - Tribute to Garland

    Caroline O'Connor - Tribute to Garland (2006)
    Theater by Taronga Park, Sydney (Music) Arranger, Orchestrator, Keyboardist Caroline O'Connor's outdoor performance at Taronga Park, Sydney, with full big band.

  • Hard Knox

    Hard Knox (2001)
    Television by Peter Bloomfield (Action and Comedy) Orchestrator, Composer Additional Music Niki Knox runs a security firm, and along with her wisecracking partner must stop a villain from activating a set of ancient gems that give him special powers.

  • Hildegarde

    Hildegarde (2001)
    Film by Australian Film Commission (Adventure and Family) Orchestrator Three intrepid siblings try to rescue their precious duck from bird smugglers who want to eat it.

  • Cash Landing CD - Frank Bennett

    Cash Landing CD - Frank Bennett (1998)
    Music by EMI Music (Music) Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor, Producer Link is to video of recording session: Derek WIlliams Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor and Producer for EMI Music. Madonna cover from Frank Bennett's album Cash Landing. This video edit combines the recording session with the mixes, so you see me in the roles of both Conductor and Producer. Further tracks on my website.

  • Dance Assessment Program

    Dance Assessment Program (1998)
    Dance by Australian Dance Vision (Music) Pianist, Recording Engineer

  • New Zealand Choral Music CD

    New Zealand Choral Music CD (1998)
    Music by Kiwi Pacific Records (Music) Chorister (Bass) World Tour 1972 of USA, including performances at the White House and the Kennedy Center Washington DC, Philharmonic Hall at the Lincoln Center New York, Westminster Abbey London, Kings College Cambridge, and many other sites in Europe and finally Singapore. Conducted by Peter Godfrey, OBE.

  • Thank God He Met Lizzie

    Thank God He Met Lizzie (1997)
    Film by Stamen Films Ltd (Comedy, Drama and Romance) Orchestrator The romantic myth is exposed for Guy when he is plagued by memories of an old girlfriend on his wedding day.

  • Empire

    Empire (1997)
    Film by Australian Broadcasting Corporation (Documentary) Orchestrator A visual and aural journey through the dark recesses of a decaying empire; the British Empire in Australia. Through stylised, minimalist images of decay, desolation and death, the film shows how the British have impounded Aboriginal society and country. The film is set to a soundscape composed by Antony Patros, produced by Supersonic and performed by the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and Soprano Cinzia Montresor.

  • The Last Empress

    The Last Empress (1997)
    Theater by Peter Casey (Music) Score Programmer

  • Leopard's Leap

    Leopard's Leap (1997)
    Theater by Eaton Magoon Jr (Music) Arranger, Production Musical Advisor First staged as 'A Little Life Like This', then renamed 'Leopard's Leap' with performances in New York and Capetown, South Africa.

  • Cats

    Cats (1986 - 1996)
    Theater by The Really Useful Theatre Company (Music) Keyboardist Cameron Macintosh Ltd and The Really Useful Theatre Company - Her Majesty's Theatre, 1995-96 - Sydney Theatre Royal, 1986-88 Sydney Australia

  • Lulu - The Musical

    Lulu - The Musical (1996)
    Theater by Crook & Carroll Partnership (Music) Musical Director, Arranger, Orchestrator, Score Programmer New Theatre, 1996 Client: Crook & Carroll Partnership

  • Berlin

    Berlin (1995)
    Dance by Graham Murphy, Sydney Dance Company (Music) Score Programmer Published on 5 Mar 2012 Sydney Dance Company live at Sydney Opera House Piano solo: Max Lambert Piano transcription: Derek Williams "From the original 1995 production by the Sydney Dance Company, choreographed by Graeme Murphy. (a Stella Motion Pictures video - http://www.stellamotion.com.au )"

  • Fornicon

    Fornicon (1995)
    Dance by Graham Murphy, Sydney Dance Company (Music) Arranger, Orchestrator, Score Programmer Sydney Dance Company Graham Murphy Sydney Opera House, 1995

  • Phantom of the Opera

    Phantom of the Opera (1995)
    Theater by Cameron Mackintosh Ltd (Music) Keyboardist Cameron Mackintosh Ltd Sydney Theatre Royal, 1995

  • The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

    The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)
    Film by Polygram Filmed Entertainment (Comedy and Music) Orchestrator Two drag performers and a transgender woman travel across the desert to perform their unique style of cabaret.

  • The Rainbow Warrior

    The Rainbow Warrior (1993)
    TV Movie by Michael Tuchner (Drama) Music department This film tells the true story of the sinking of the Greenpeace ship, the Rainbow Warrior (commanded by Jon Voight), in Auckland Harbor in 1984, and the subsequent investigation by the New Zealand Police (led by Sam Neill) which revealed French government responsibility. The ship was on its way to protest French nuclear testing in the Pacific. Written by Anonymous

  • Seven Deadly Sins

    Seven Deadly Sins (1993)
    Television by Australian Broadcasting Corporation (Drama and History) Arranger, Orchestrator, Keyboardist Anthology series examining the dark side of human nature in seven episodes: 'Lust', 'Pride', 'Wrath', 'Sloth', 'Greed', 'Envy' and 'Gluttony'.

  • Frauds

    Frauds (1993)
    Film by J&M Entertainment (Comedy, Crime and Thriller) Orchestrator, Conductor. Composer Additional Music Story of the ways in which insurance investigator Roland Copping interferes in and manipulates the lives of others with outrageous games and gimmicks. Eventually he becomes involved in an escalating vendetta with a couple who make an unusual insurance claim.

  • Blinky Bill: The Mischievous Koala

    Blinky Bill: The Mischievous Koala (1992)
    Film by Yoram Gross (Adventure, Family, Animation and Musical) Music department After his home is destroyed by deforestation, Blinky Bill sets out on a quest to find his displaced mother.

  • The Other Side of Paradise

    The Other Side of Paradise (1992)
    Television by 10 TV Network (Thriller) Orchestrator, Conductor. Composer Additional Music TV Movie. Dr Chris Masters finds himself working in the Pacific Islands after his accidently killing a thug, his only option from the hospital board. The four part TV drama follows his time working with Dr Read on Korralona working on his passion to beat cholera. While there he falls in love with the daughter of the islands princess as she grows into womanhood. And through the occupation by Japanese during WW2 the trials and tribulations of the couple are portraid. It was a masterpiece in 1992 and can now only be found on YouTube. The filming was done mainly in Rarratonga (cook islands) with a great cast and beautiful settings.

  • Crush

    Crush (1992)
    Film by Australian Film Council (Thriller) Orchestrator On the way to interview a novelist, Lane and Christina are involved in a car crash which leaves literary critic Christina brain-damaged. Lane undertakes the assignment and becomes attracted to the novelist's 15 year old daughter, leading to stormy emotions.

  • Police Rescue

    Police Rescue (1991)
    Television by Australian Broadcasting Corporation (Action, Crime and Drama) Composer Additional Music TV Series 1989-96 The lives and cases of the members the Australian, Sydney based, New South Wales Police Rescue Squad.

  • Children of the Dragon

    Children of the Dragon (1991)
    Television by Australian Broadcasting Corporation (Drama) Orchestrator, Conductor. Composer Additional Music TV Mini-Series: The drama leading up to the Tiananmen Square Massacre of students by the Chinese government.

  • Nunsense

    Nunsense (1991)
    Theater by Glen Street Theatre (Music) Keyboardist Musical Director Mike Wade.

  • Come In Spinner

    Come In Spinner (1990)
    Television by Australian Broadcasting Corporation (Drama) Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor TV mini-series: The book tells the story of three women, Claire, Guinea, and Deb, who are co-workers in the beauty salon of an exclusive Sydney hotel. The story weaves together these characters with their familial and romantic relationships, as they struggle to manage the realities of working for the privileged upper classes, to whom no rules apply, while their own families cope with wartime deaths and losses, rationing, government manpower recruitment, and stiflingly conservative attitudes surrounding the role and perception of the "acceptable" behaviour of women.

  • Grace Knight

    Grace Knight (1990)
    Music by Kevin Jacobson Productions (Music) Musical Director, Arranger, Pianist Australian tour to promote album 'Come In Spinner' I was Arranger, Orchestrator and Conductor for.

  • The Wonderful World of Dogs

    The Wonderful World of Dogs (1990)
    Documentary by Mark Lewis (Comedy) Composer Additional Music "Lewis created a heart-warming, eye-opening film that combines an indepth coverage of the private life of dogs with a fantastic Australian sense of humour. His subtle and not-so-subtle insights give this documentary a fantastic blend of amazement and allure. A must-see for any animal lover, pet lover, veterinarian or dog owner...or any non-pet owner seeking to understand the magic that drives the emotionally-intimate relationships some people have with their dogs. You will love viewing this entertaining masterpiece."

  • Ring of Scorpio

    Ring of Scorpio (1990)
    Film by Nine Network Australia (Drama and Thriller) Orchestrator, Conductor. Composer Additional Music Three women (Catherine Oxenberg, Catherine Goodall, Linda Cropper) plot revenge against a drug dealer (Jack Scalie) who scammed them into working in his operations.

  • Sydney Cantata

    Sydney Cantata (1990)
    Music by David King - Australian Bicentennary (Music) Orchestrator, Producer Music by David King, orchestrated by Derek Williams, conducted by Andre Greene at the Australia Film, Television and Radio School.

  • The Rainbow Warrior Conspiracy

    The Rainbow Warrior Conspiracy (1989)
    TV Movie (Drama and Thriller) Music department Dramatisation of the sinking of the Greenpeace ship 'The Rainbow Warrior' by French agents in Auckland, New Zealand in 1985.

  • Body Surfer

    Body Surfer (1989)
    Television by John Sexton Productions (Drama) Orchestrator, Conductor, Pianist Bodysurfer is a 1989 Australian mini series about a Sydney architect having a mid life crisis.

  • You've Always Got The Blues TV Special

    You've Always Got The Blues TV Special (1989)
    Television by Australian Broadcasting Corporation (Music) Keyboardist Kate Ceberano, Wendy Matthews & Friends Musical Director: Martin Armiger

  • in Grave Danger of Falling Food

    in Grave Danger of Falling Food (1989)
    Documentary by 220 Productions Ltd (Documentary) Composer, Musician In this introductory video to permaculture, Bill Mollison, the movement’s co-founder, takes the viewer through the history and developments of the movement. With startlingly laconic humor and insight he deconstructs the modern agribusiness and the “modern plague” : manicured ornamental lawns. In this video he offers an antidote, which is an antidote to both our currently unsustainable practices and our unsustainable culture. Both of these have to change and adapt. Permanently.

  • Torvill & Dean 'Here We Stand' CD

    Torvill & Dean 'Here We Stand' CD (1989)
    Music by Hammard TV Productions Pty Ltd (Music) Arranger, Orchestrator, Pianist Recorded by Kevin Stanton during Torvill & Dean's Australian tour.

  • The Crossing

    The Crossing (1989)
    Film by Beyond Productions (Drama and Romance) Orchestrator, Conductor, Composer Additional Music After 18 months Sam returns to his place of birth. He wants to ask his girlfriend Meg who he had let down when he left, to go with him to the big city. However Meg was deeply sad because of Sam's leaving, that she had started a relation with his best friend Johnny. At the night of Sam's unexpected return, Johhny asks Meg to marry him. Meg is forced to make a choice! That Saturday night, Meg and a desperate and drunk Johhny deceide to escape from their dancing night. The only problem is, that Sam at that same time leaves the village to go to the big city and he pursues them. In this tragical night, two cars are racing on the freeway on their way to the level crossing and a frontal car accident.

  • The Last Resort

    The Last Resort (1988)
    Television by Louis Nowra (Drama and Music) Associate Composer, Orchestrator, Conductor Australian Broadcasting Corporation TV Series, Original Music by Martin Armiger. Additional Music, Orchestration and Conducting by Derek Williams.

  • Arthur Young & Partners

    Arthur Young & Partners (1988)
    Commercial by Broadcom Australia (Music) Composer Music score for Arthur Young promo video. Composers: Derek Williams and Mars Lazar Producer: Derek Williams

  • Channel 7 Network Themes

    Channel 7 Network Themes (1988)
    Television by ATN Channel 7 Network (Music) Associate Composer Seven Network Australia 1988 station ID's

  • Manning Clark's History of Austrlia - The Musical

    Manning Clark's History of Austrlia - The Musical (1988)
    Theater by The Australian Bicentennary (Music) Arranger, Orchestrator, Musician Manning Clark's History of Australia - The Musical is an Australian musical written by Tim Robertson and Don Watson with John Romeril with music by Martin Armiger and George Dreyfus with David King. The musical interweaves the life of historian Manning Clark from 1915 to 1988 with Australian history from 1788 to 1915, utilising drama, melodrama, music, song, comedy and circus.

  • Australian Singing Competition

    Australian Singing Competition (1985 - 1988)
    Music by Ken Laing, Media Music (Music) Arranger, Orchestrator Concert performances with live orchestra at major Sydney venues, including the Sydney Opera House.

  • Aloha

    Aloha (1983 - 1985)
    Theater by Eaton Magoon Jr & Sir Robert Helpmann (Music) Arranger, Orchestrator, Musical Director, Conductor World Première of Aloha at the Hamilton Operatic Society, under the direction of Robert Young and Sir Robert Helpmann. Music and Lyrics by Eaton Magoon Jr, orchestrated and conducted by Derek Williams.

  • Sir Howard Morrison, TVNZ Entertainer of the Year Tour

    Sir Howard Morrison, TVNZ Entertainer of the Year Tour (1982)
    Music by Sir Howard Morrison (Music) Arranger, Musician Television New Zealand Entertainer Of The Year tour, 1982

Awards

  • 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)

Education

  • PhD - The University of Edinburgh
    (2006-2011)

  • DipTeach - New South Wales Department of Education & Training
    (1985-1997)

  • DipTchg - New Zealand Ministry of Education
    (1979-1982)

  • Teacher's Diploma - Auckland Secondary Teachers' College
    (1978-1978)

  • FTCL, LMusTCL - Trinity College of Music, London
    (1976-1977)

  • BMus - The University of Auckland
    (1971-1973)

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