Duncan Lloyd - Musical Director
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.
Mike Critchlow - Accompanist
Our Accompanist Mike Critchlow trained at The Royal Manchester College of Music, where he became a Graduate of the Royal Schools of Music and an Associate of the Royal Manchester College of Music.
He has been organist at several churches both in Manchester and Cumbria and currently holds the posts of Organist and Churchwarden at St. Thomas’ Church in Crosscrake.
His musical interests lie mainly in accompaniment; partnering singers and instrumentalists and choirs.
He has been the official accompanist for Kendal Choral Society since 1983, a position he continues to hold with distinction.
For most of his working career he was a schoolteacher, starting in Salford and finishing as Headteacher at Grayrigg School in Kendal. After taking early retirement he retrained in complementary medicine which he practises to the present day.
We are delighted that we continue to have such an experienced and talented accompanist to work with the choir. Along with our new musical director, the choir has a great musical team and the forthcoming season is set to be one of the best yet.