Derek Williams / composer, conductor, arranger
Derek Williams’ portfolio of professional work encompasses Classical, Jazz and Pop genres across the media of Film, Television, Theatre, Recordings, Dance and Live Performance.
Since 2007 he has been employed as Lecturer in Orchestration, Composition and Screen Composition, on the Associated Staff at the University of Edinburgh, from which he holds a PhD in Music Composition. His current commission is to compose a new 4 movement symphony for the Orchestra of the Canongait.
Alongside his career as an educator, he has 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. His 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.
He has been orchestrator, associate composer and musician for 21 feature films, television documentaries, mini-series, and 15 album titles and has been a frequent conductor of studio orchestras, including Melbourne Symphony Orchestra for the feature film Frauds. Many of the media to which he has contributed have themselves achieved critical and popular acclaim, including 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 he has orchestrated include Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Phil Collins, Josephine Byrnes, Lee Majors, Jack Scalia, Bob Peck, Guy Pearce, Terence Stamp. He worked with Torvill & Dean as arranger and pianist for their album Here We Stand. He has 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.
His most recent commission was to arrange, conduct, mix and master the vocal and orchestral music for the Glenfiddich 21 year old Whisky ad campaign, so far exceeding 1.7 million hits, viewable on his YouTube Channel.
He has the digital technology necessary to work in-house in his private studio in Edinburgh.