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Derek S. Henderson

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About Derek

Derek S. Henderson is a bass-baritone from the Republic of Panamá who possesses a big, rich voice.
Singer (bass)

Derek S. Henderson, bass-baritone, is from the Republic of Panamá. He moved to England in 2006 to study voice with David Pollard and has performed throughout England and in Italy, Kenya, the USA, and Panamá. In addition to a variety of opera roles, ranging from early Mozart to the very modern, Derek enjoys exploring the concert and song repertoire, especially the later songs of Shostakovich.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I require car parking close to venues
I can perform with backing tracks
I can perform while walking around a venue
Encore awards
5th Encoreversary
Traditional church music, Christmas, Classical, Baroque, Contemporary classical, Opera, Classical crossover
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Event types:
Funeral / Memorial service, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Actor, Musical comedy, Singing teaching
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Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

I have received feedback that people are impressed with the power, richness, warmth, and immediacy of my voice and the expressiveness of my performances.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Brighton Pavilion Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club Venice Carnival Pushkin House, Bloomsbury Square The Reform Club, Pall Mall The Royal Automobile Club, Pall Mall numerous other theatres, concert halls, and churches throughout England

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

José van Dam, Samuel Ramey, Bryn Terfel, Cesare Siepi

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

ITV's Popstar to Operastar

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

I always try to be flexible to ensure that you are happy. If timings change, let me know and I will do my best to accommodate the change.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

No, sorry, I do not have the resources to offer an iPod/DJ service.

How much time do you need to set up?

Ideally I would have about 10-15 minutes, in a separate space, to warm up.

Can I pick the pieces you play from the set list?

Yes, my performance will be tailored to your wishes.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Unless I am to sing a cappella, I need accompaniment in some form. If I need to provide my own accompanist and/or keyboard, there will be an additional cost.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Yes, absolutely. I would need to have the music at least 2 weeks in advance of your event to ensure it is learned to a professional standard.


From customers:

Richard H, 4 years ago

The singer I would most expect to see performing next week at the Royal Opera House was bass baritone Derek Henderson, a twinkly-eyed bear of a man from Panama with great stage presence and rich, resonant vocal tones. He brought such a sad dignity to the role of Don Quichotte and also performed a wonderful trio from Offenbach’s 'Tales of Hoffmann'

William (, 4 years ago

Derek S Henderson is the deepest of bass baritones, singing a little known aria from Halévy’s La Juive, in the thrilling resonant rich tones which we associate with Russia, although he is in fact a Panamanian by birth. ... Derek S Henderson singing so movingly as [Massenet's] Don Quichotte ... the glorious trio from Offenbach’s Les Contes D’Hoffmann, with such exciting melodies and again so well acted and sung by ... Derek S Henderson.

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