With more than a quarter of a century of experience planning and managing events, including touring the 140-piece European Union Youth Orchestra, Derek is happy to consider the management of specific projects (with the exception of on-tour management). He has extensive experience in logistics, travel, liaising with national and overseas promoters and venues, booking flights and accommodation at discount rates and overseas visa and tax issues.
With an exhaustive knowledge of repertoire and a specialism in high quality music off the beaten track, Derek has programmed for some of the most innovative performance groups in the country, including Docklands Sinfonietta (later Sinfonia 21) and the Orchestra of St John's. His instinctive feel for what comprises a stimulating and attractive programme has won him praise for nearly two decades. Derek would be delighted to consider any programming opportunities that might arise for performing groups, music societies, venues and festivals.
Derek Warby has an extensive library of programme notes suitable for concert and recorded media use and is always happy to research and write notes on new works. Rates start from £50 for a programme note of up to 500 words.
Derek is also a regular contributor to MusicWeb International, the world’s largest online CD review website. Here are links to just a few examples:
|Bacewicz Violin Concertos|
|Beethoven – Symphony No 4/Prometheus etc (Kondrashin)|
|Martin Butler – American Rounds|
|Cimarosa Overtures Vol 1|
|Piazzolla – María de Buenos Aires|
|Veljo Tormis – Works for Men’s Voices|
Derek is a keen researcher - particularly in the field of subjects, music and composers slightly off the beaten track. He is happy to discuss any research projects with which he could be of assistance. He was responsible for the first performance in modern times of Antonio Caldara's Christmas Cantata Amarilli vezzosa in 2004, which involved sourcing performance material and collaborating with Caldara specialist Dr Brian Pritchard at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand.
Derek is currently compiling an exhaustive catalogue of chamber music for three to ten players, which will be available through this site as a subscription resource.
Other projects with which Derek Warby has been involved include a fundraising initiative for the East Sussex Music Trust and research and promotion of the innovative creative:space project - specialist concerts for disabled children and their families - for the creative arts charity Create.