Derek Ball is a composer and amateur string, woodwind and brass player who “took 30 years off” to work as a doctor and then at the end of 2004 returned to a musical career he had never really left. Born in County Donegal, he spent his teens in Dublin and studied composition with the larger-than-life Archie Potter and later with Jim Wilson, winning various competitions, having chamber pieces performed, and having some orchestral performances and one broadcast, as well as being represented in international festivals in France.