Director of Music - Duncan Aspden

Duncan Aspden is a conductor, organist and continuo player. He studied at Jesus College Cambridge and at the Royal Academy of Music. Starting out as an organist, he has held posts at four of England’s cathedrals, and became Associate Director of Music at Farm Street Church in Mayfair in 2006 where he shares accompanying and directing duties of the famous professional choir with David Graham.

Duncan is also Director of Music of the City of Oxford Choir and Musical Director of Thame Chamber Choir, two high quality chamber choirs which perform wide-ranging and thoughtfully themed programmes. In 2010 he founded Thame Children’s Choir to share excellent choral singing with the young people near his home. In 2012 he founded Excalibur Voices, bringing together fine singers from across the south of England for festival and other performances. With these and many other ensembles he performs a wide repertoire from unaccompanied miniatures to major oratorios with leading soloists and orchestras. His choirs have also been heard singing several television theme tunes.

As a conductor and continuo player, Duncan has performed for BBC Radio and Television, and has appeared in several early music festivals. He has directed ensembles including I Fagiolini, the London Mozart Players and The English Cornett and Sackbutt Ensemble, while his own period instrument ensemble Interplay has given numerous concerts in and around London. He has conducted premieres of choral works by dozens of British composers and directed first recordings by composers as diverse as William Byrd and Francis Grier.