Derek Chivers

Derek is director of music at the Mount School, York. He is also a performer, conductor and composer. After studying at York and Keele universities, Derek worked on a wide variety of projects, from contemporary orchestral and chamber compositions performed at Huddersfield, York and Bath Festivals to electronic music as part of art installations. Among other compositions, he has written a musical for primary schools and incidental music for the theatre. Derek was conductor of the Selby Choral Society and musical director for nine Summer Youth projects at York’s Grand Opera House. He has also conducted major concerts at York Minster and in Venice. Further activities include being musical director for York Civic Trust's Georgian Ball, conducting York Opera in gala and Christmas concerts, and performing at Eurodisney! Derek is delighted to be conducting York Opera at the Theatre Royal for the first time, after taking part in over twenty previous productions as a member of the orchestra. Next March, he will conduct Haydn's Creation in York Minster. When not 'doing music' Derek can often be found on the North York Moors, as a member of the Scarborough and Ryedale Mountain Rescue Team.

Last updated November 2011

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