Kendal Choral Society – Our Musicians

Duncan Lloyd - Musical Director

Duncan Lloyd

Duncan Lloyd

Duncan Lloyd joined Kendal Choral as Musical Director in May 2015.

Duncan began his musical career as a chorister at Southwell Minster under the tutelage of Kenneth Beard. As a violinist, he played with the internationally renowned Nottingham Orchestra directed by Christopher Adey and read Music at Manchester University. He has a PGCE from Durham, a Diploma in Education Management from Sheffield Hallam and his NPQH.

Duncan has thirty years teaching experience, most recently as Director of Music at The Minster School Southwell. He co-wrote the School’s successful bid for Specialist Music and Humanities status and ran the very successful Chorister Outreach Programme. During his sixteen years as a Tenor Lay Clerk, he founded The Ensemble of Southwell and the Djanogly Community Orchestra and Jazz Band, typeset the New Southwell Psalter and, with Simon Bell, founded The Minster Girls’ Choir. He composes and arranges and has recently had works performed by musical groups in Nottinghamshire and North Yorkshire.

Duncan has extensive experience as a conductor of both choral and orchestral groups and has led extremely successful concert tours throughout Europe. He played viola in the Pollyanna Quartet and has played both viola and violin in many leading ensembles in Nottinghamshire. Duncan and his family relocated to North Yorkshire in August 2014 and he took over as Musical Director of the Lancaster Singers in January 2015. He continues to work as a freelance instrumental and vocal teacher and has recently been appointed as Music Director at Kendal Parish Church.


Philip Burton - Accompanist

Accompanist Philip BurtonPhilip studied music at Liverpool University and piano with Derek Wyndham and The Royal Northern College of Music. He continued his studies but soon realised he wasn’t going to become a concert pianist so decided to pursue a career in the NHS

He began his career with the NHS as a hospital porter reaching the dizzy heights of various senior Executive posts in Hertfordshire and Yorkshire. He left the NHS in 2008 to move to The Lakes to run a bed and breakfast in Windermere with his wife Mary.

He has a severe allergy and suffers much for being a Blackburn Rovers supporter but also “enjoys” taking part in triathlons and coming last!.

He was the conductor of Staveley Choral and has been involved with the Lake District Summer Music Festival and the Mary Wakefield Festival. He teaches the piano and reluctantly occasionally plays the organ at two local churches.