Derick Mocke was born on 1 September, 1943, in Orkney, a small gold mining town in South Africa.
Derick’s mother was a music teacher who ran a local music school and his father, a sign writer and artist. His childhood home was constantly overflowing with the sound of music as everyone in the family either played an instrument or sang. His sister, Veritia, was an exceptionally talented pianist and could be heard performing on radio when she was just thirteen years old. Derick would later join her as a drummer.
career as a chemist
Although Derick had a keen interest in science and followed a career as a chemist, his mind and soul were in music, the arts and nature. He performed as a professional musician at night for many years while still continuing his scientific career.
Over the years, Derick gained extensive musical experience in producing, orchestrating and playing in live musical stage shows such as, “Joseph And The Technicolour Dream Coat.” He regularly played gospel music in Christian churches which he found exhilarating as he perceived that his music was a powerful medium which inspired worshipers.