First Prize, Purcell-Britten Prize for Concert Singers, 1983 Special Prize, Leipzig Competition, 1984 First Prize, 35th International Competition 1986 Prix Spécial du Jury, Monte Carlo, 1988 Special Prize Second Prize, New York Oratorio Society, 1987
I work in a supportive housing facility and Derek has been teaching residents here for two years. Derek is one of the most talented peopleI know. A consummate musician and gentleman. He brings a special caring and professionalism to his teaching work and has an extensive and very distinguished career as a world class singer. Derek possesses a wealth of knowledge in both singing and piano technique. He is warm and supportive and his students love him- he treats each one as an individual and tailors his lessons according to what they need and want. I could not recommend him more highly.
Recently had a Vocal lesson with Derek and loved every second. He's inspiring, talented and eager to pass his knowledge on! Couldn't recommend him more if you want both confidence and technique to improve.
Derek has been teaching me piano for a few months now, and he's really great! I'm progressing at a much quicker pace than I could have imagined, and am having a great time too. I would highly recommend him to anyone.