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Born Glasgow.

Scottish conductor, repetiteur and arranger.

Derek Clark studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama then the London Opera Centre.  He joined Welsh National Opera's staff as a repetiteur in 1977. His career developed steadily as he worked on a wide range of productions, conducting many performances during twenty years with the company.

In 1997 he joined Scottish Opera as Head of Music, since when he has been a regular influence on opera in Scotland.   He selected the programmes for thirteen years of the Essential Scottish Opera touring groups, as well as creating reduced orchestrations for several of the medium scale Scottish Opera on Tour productions, including Hansel and Gretel, Cinderella and Carmen. He also conducted several of these, most recently Orpheus in the Underworld. He conducted the premiere of Rory Boyle's Kaspar Hauser at the RSAMD, and all three seasons of Scottish Opera's new Five:15 operas. In spring 2012 he will be conducting Scottish Opera's Tosca. After that he will conduct at the Edinburgh International Festival the premiere of The Lady from the Sea (Craig Armstrong) and the first Scottish performances of Clemency (James MacMillan).  Scroll down to see some of the productions he has conducted.

In addition to his work as conductor, arranger and composer, he performs as an accompanist, with groups such as Opera Alba and Coro Alba.

Click on www.classicalmusiciansscotland.com to learn more about Derek, or contact daisy@classicalmusiciansscotland.com.

Last revised 31 March 2012.

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