Derek has been actively involved in music throughout his life. He played the violin in his School Orchestra and the Gosport and Fareham Youth Orchestra; played the piano; sang in the School Choir and the Barbershop Group. Whilst at Secondary School Derek performed his first vocal solo at the age of 18, in Faure’s Requiem. Although he studied R.E. at the Hertfordshire College of Higher Education, Derek had a free hand to develop his love of music – often at the expense of his studies! He produced H.M.S. Pinafore; set up a Barbershop Quartet;performed with the Welwyn City Players; staged Concerts and Revues and helped run the Folk Group. Although currently Opus 32 takes a tremendous amount of Derek’s time, he is also Musical Director of Encore in Sittingbourne directing the Senior Strings and Concert Band. Additionally he is accompanist for instrumental and vocal examinations and works through Kent as a piano tuner and technician.