Alan Derrick – Compère
A former Civil Servant, Alan was Choir Manager for more than 10 years – between the summer of 2007 and Christmas 2017 – until he handed over to Jill Mackeen in January 2018. Working closely with the Musical Director, the Treasurer and the section representatives, he took the major role in planning concert seasons and in liaising with contacts at venues old and new.
A talented jazz pianist in his own right, he has occasionally taken solo spots at choir events. Alan also frequently accompanies the well-known Liverpool tenor, Nick Hardy, and one of the choir’s former sopranos, Joyce Kench, focusing on the great Broadway songbooks as well as operatic arias and a variety of popular numbers.
Alan co-ordinates much of the front-of-house work with the Liverpool Italian Opera Company. In recent months he has become one of the musical leaders in a Liverpool-based group running sessions for people with dementia and their carers.