DerekBrookesDerek Brookes has a Bachelor of Music (Composition) from the Elder Conservatorium of Music (Adelaide University) and a Master of Music (Composition) HD (2019) from the University of Sydney’s Conservatorium of Music, which was supervised by Ross Edwards.  Derek was a participant in the 2018 Flinders Quartet Composer Development Program, and his string quartet was subsequently included in their 2020 program.

Derek also has an ‘extra-musical’ career, which has included working as a university lecturer (he has a PhD in philosophy from the Australian National University) and as a consultant and researcher in a range of social justice and human rights areas, including restorative justice, disability, work-related death, domestic violence and child abuse prevention.