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biography & performance diary

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biography & performance diary

National Centre for Early Music, York

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.
Described as "sensuous, whispering", (Fiona Maddocks, The Observer, Softly) Derri’s music often incorporates a vivid and playful approach to timbre and rhythm, and explores themes of LGBTQ+ identity.
"In the sensuous, whispering Softly, the Welsh composer Derri Joseph Lewis explores the uneasy experience of coming out as LGBTQ+."
 - Fiona Maddocks — The Observer
In 2022, Derri joined the prestigious Royal Scottish National Orchestra's Composers' Hub, workshopping two new pieces with mentor Stuart MacRae in the RSNO Centre, Glasgow.
Derri has a passion for choral music; in 2021, he joined the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain as part of their Young Composers Platform, workshopping two new pieces about LGBTQ+ identity, “SOMETHING EXCITING” and “SOFTLY” for a cappella vocal ensemble which are available on NMC Recordings.

photo: Ben Tomlin

"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 2022 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
"“I love the authenticity of Derri’s choral compositions. He shows a true heart and sincerity, as well as a well-developed understanding of the human voice and what it is capable of producing."
 - Ben Parry - Artistic Director & Principal Conductor, National Youth Choirs of Great Britain
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 MusicYoung 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.

Rheinfall, Schaffhausen, Switzerland

PERFORMANCE DIARY​​​​​​​
date tba: Englynion y misoedd - Jeremy Huw Williams (baritone) and Paula Fan (piano)
15.2.22: Something Exciting - National Youth Choir of Great Britain Fellowship, VOCES8 Centre
5.2.22: 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
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