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ABOUT WESTGATE - CONDUCTORS - ANDREW DERRETT


Andrew Derrett
Assitant Musical Director

Andrew Derrett was born in England in 1966 and began studying the clarinet at the age of 12 with John Fry. In 1984 he joined the RAAF Central Band and, within a very short time, was appointed to the position of principal solo clarinet. Whilst in the RAAF Andrew appeared as soloist on many occasions, performing concerti by Mozart, Weber and Copland. In 1986, he recorded the Weber Concertino for the ABC. In 1997 Andrew Left the RAAF to pursue a teaching career and is currently Head of Woodwind at Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School.
He holds Associate Diplomas with the AMEB (on both clarinet and saxophone), Trinity College London and the Royal Schools of Music (RSM), Licentiate Diplomas with the AMEB and the RSM, and the Fellowship Diploma with Trinity College London.
Andrew is a member of both the Heidelberg Symphony Orchestra and the Preston Symphony Orchestra and regularly appears with the Melbourne Sinfonia and the Grainger Wind Symphony. He has also performed with the Stonington Symphony, the Victorian Youth, Symphony Orchestra and the Kooyong Chamber Players. He has performed the Artie Shaw Concerto for Clarinet with the Boroondara Concert Band, and he is a founding member and co-assistant music director of the Westgate Concert Band.
Andrew is an active performer on both the basset clarinet and the basset­horn and appeared as soloist with the Heidelberg Symphony in 2002 performing Mozart's Adagio K580 for basset-horn and string orchestra and earlier this year performing Reginald Kell's arrangement of Mozart's Adagio K622 for basset clarinet and string quartet.

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