Derri Joseph Lewis (b.1997) is a prize-winning composer whose music has been widely celebrated across the UK, Europe and America.
Derri has collaborated with a vast variety of world-class musicians and community groups alike, including the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Ligeti Quartet, and viola da gamba player Liam Byrne.
Derri’s music often explores a vivid and playful approach to timbre and rhythm, and incorporates themes of LGBTQ+ identity.
"Derri was a worthy winner of NCEM’s composers’ award and an inspiring colleague for gamba specialist Liam Byrne to work with — his ideas are hugely inventive and engaging reflecting his very positive approach to his music making."
- Dr Delma Tomlin MBE — Director, National Centre for Early Music
In 2021-22, Derri joins the prestigious Royal Scottish National Orchestra's Composers' Hub, workshopping two new pieces with mentor Stuart MacRae.
Derri has a passion for choral music; in 2020-21, he joined the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain as part of their Young Composers Platform, workshopping two new pieces, “SOMETHING EXCITING” and “SOFTLY” for a cappella vocal ensemble.
"Derri's contribution to the Isolation Songbook is a masterclass in the miniature. He creates a luminous world of wonder and longing, and it really feels as if, just for that moment, time does stand still. "
- Helen Charlston — Mezzo-soprano, Isolation Songbook
In 2020, Derri collaborated with guitarist Tom McKinney (in partnership with Psappha Ensemble) on a new work for guitar, “…BREATHE…”, which features in Psappha’s 30th-birthday 2021-22 season.
Derri has explored song in both English and Welsh - his duet 'A MOMENT' is featured on Helen Charlston's 'Isolation Songbook,' released on Delphian Records, and featured as part of Oxford Lieder's 20th Anniversary Festival 2021.
"It has given me great pleasure to witness the extraordinary development of Derri Joseph Lewis, and I look forward to performing his newly commissioned songs in the USA during the 2021/22 season."
- Dr Jeremy Huw Williams, Baritone & Secretary of Welsh Music Guild
Derri has been presented with a number of national and international awards, including the Sound and Music COVID-19 Composer Award, Welsh Music Guild's 'Paul Mealor Bursary', funding from the Swiss-European Mobility Programme to study at Zürich University of the Arts (ZHdK), and the National Centre for Early Music “Young Composer Award 2019” in association with BBC Radio 3.
In 2020 Derri graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama with first class honours, studying with Joseph Davies and Ceri Tippetts and receiving the Eifion Evans Memorial Prize and RWCMD Skills Award. He continues his studies at King's College London.
date tba: Something Exciting - National Youth Choir of Great Britain
date tba: Softly - NYCGB Fellowship 2021
date tba: Englynion y misoedd - Jeremy Huw Williams (baritone) and Paula Fan (piano)
date tba: Joy - Aldworth Philharmonic and Andrew Taylor
4.2.2022: - ...BREATHE... - Tom McKinney (guitar) - Hallé St Peter’s
12.10.2021 - A Moment - Helen Charlston (mezzo-), Michael Craddock (baritone) & Alexander Soares (piano) - Oxford Lieder Festival
4.9.2021 - A Moment - Helen Charlston (mezzo-), Michael Craddock (baritone) & Alexander Soares (piano) - Boxgrove Choral Festival
19.7.2021: - ...BREATHE... - Tom McKinney (guitar)
9-11.4.2021 Cane fires from the cabin of a plane - Emily Sierra (mezzo) and Gamal Khamis (piano) - Ludlow English Song Weekend 2021 *details tbc*
4.1.2021 Eleven Pipers Piping - Corvus Consort and Freddie Crowley - 'Twelve Composers Composing' charity fundraiser
29.7.2020 - A Moment - Helen Charlston (mezzo-), Michael Craddock (baritone) & Alexander Soares (piano) - City Music Foundation Live - St Pancras Clock Tower, London
<<CANCELLED>> 1.5.2020 - tri/o - RWCMD Atmospheres 2020 - Richard Burton Theatre
<<CANCELLED>> 4.4.2020 Cane fires from the cabin of a plane - Emily Sierra (mezzo) and Gamal Khamis (piano) - Ludlow English Song Weekend 2020
13.2.2020 - River Image - City of Cardiff Symphony Orchestra (con. Martin McHale) - Stanwell Road Baptist Church, Penarth
3.2.2020 - 3 o Ganueon Byrion - James Atkinson (baritone) Gamal Khamis (piano) - Ludlow English Song Weekend Preview - Marylebone, London
10.1.2020 - Gwyl Werin - Gould Piano Trio - Dora Stoutzker Concert Hall, Cardiff
24.11.2019 - Walls of Brass - Liam Byrne - BBC Radio 3 Early Music Show *first broadcast*
19.10.2019 - River Image - Aldworth Philharmonic Orchestra (con. Andrew Taylor) Great Hall Reading University
12.10.2019 - Walls of Brass - Liam Byrne - Glitch, Bristol
9.5.2019 - Walls of Brass - Liam Byrne - National Centre for Early Music, York
4.5.2019 - Spinning Jenny - Atmospheres Festival 2019, RWCMD, Cardiff
28.3.2019 - Rodin in Rome - Berkeley Ensemble (con. Mark Bowden) - Dora Stoutzker Concert Hall, Cardiff
19.2.19 - Summit Blue - BBC National Orchestra of Wales (con. B. Tommy Andersson) - BBC Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff
11.2.19 - Fingers of the Light - RWCMD Chamber Winds (con. Nicholas Carpenter) - Dora Stoutzker Concert Hall, Cardiff
16.1.19 - Abbey Quarter - RWCMD Chamber Brass (con. Roger Argente) - Dora Stoutzker Concert Hall, Cardiff