Duncan joined Kendal Choral as Musical Director in May 2015.
He 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.
He 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. In addition to Kendal Choral Society, Duncan is Musical Director of the Lancaster Singers, and Voices of Craven. He also works as a freelance instrumental and vocal teacher.
Richard Lloyd – Rehearsal Accompanist
Richard became the choir’s rehearsal accompanist in September 2019. Prior to this he had performed Finzi’s Eclogue for Piano and Strings at our 2019 spring concert. He has achieved Grade 8 Distinctions in piano, oboe and singing, and has recently graduated from Lancaster University, having studied English Literature and Creative Writing. He also manages the choir’s website.