PROM 17: August 2
Derek Clark studied in Glasgow at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama then at the University of Durham and 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. His conducting debut in 1981 was with Handel's Tamerlano.
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, Die Fledermaus, Carmen, Orpheus in the Underworld, The Elixir of Love and Rodelinda. He also conducted several of these.