Derek Hayes was born in Leeds and has lived in the Hitchin area since 1978. He is a Nurse Tutor at the Lister Hospital and at the Queen Elizaheth II Hospital, specialising in medical nursing. His interest in horn playing stems from a musical family, though it is only recenty that he has returned to it following his own family commitments. He then studied with Christopher Tilbury until obtaining the A.R.C.M. in 1989. He is at present studying horn playing in England during the nineteenth century. He has performed the first horn parts in the Haydn Concerto for Two Horns and the Brandenburg Concerto No.1 by Bach as well as the solo horn parts in the Mozart Horn Concerto No.2 and the Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings by Benjamin Britten. He has also taken part in several recitals on various themes. This evening he will be using the Paxman Double Horn in B Flat and F.