Patrons:
Judith Weir CBE, Master of the Queen's Music
David Matthews

Derek Foster

I am a composer, pianist and play vibraphone. Since 2000 I have taught music privately in West London. Before that, I subsidised my musical activities by freelance computer programming.

My musical development was in the 1950s and 60s and various strands of modernism influenced me. However I played for a while in jazz and rock bands, wrote for them and still write in what may be thought of as a lighter style in some pieces. I have usually written when there is a chance of performance, for colleagues, calls for scores and occasional commissions. Some pieces have been played by a number of different performers; a few are still awaiting performance.

Sample works

Intermediary (1984)
Flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, guitar, percussion. 13 mins.
Workshop performance by Elsinore Ensemble/Karl A

age Rasmussen, Glasgow University, Sept 1984, (Musica Nova Festival/SPNM)
Concert performances by Morley Musica Viva/Michael Graubart and Nomos/Paul Webster

18 Sections (1988)
Small orchestra (2.2.0.0/2.0.0.0/Pno./Strs). 7 mins.

Tributes Suite (1992)
String orchestra. 7 mins.
Performed by Enfield String Players/Amanda Denley 2003. Published by Modus Music.

Three Duos (2002/05/08)
Vibraphone, piano. 8 mins.
I have performed these on vibraphone with Anthony Green (pno.), nos. 2 and 3 with Deborah Edwards (pno) and played piano in nos. 1 and 2 with Oli Mayne (vibraphone).

Elegy (2003) for wind quintet. Video

Variations on a Theme by Anthony Green (2010)for organ
First performed in an LCF concert by William Whitehead, and subsequently by Tom Bell at the Oundle Festival, Birmingham Cathedral and in Denmark.

Three Movements (1984)
String quartet
Regency Ensemble, London, October 2010. Sample (movt 2):

Old Street (2016)
for flute, clarinet and horn. Video