Duncan Brown composes and arranges music for choirs, the theatre and the concert hall, creates new instruments, and conducts choirs.
On this website you can:-
The Weardale Chest, a cycle of songs about Weardale past and present, will be given its first performance on Saturday the 1st of December at St John's Chapel Town Hall, Market Place, St John's Chapel, DL13 1QF. The choir are also recording the work and a CD will be available to purchase.
One Song, One Voice (lyrics by Chris Enticknap), a piece for 12 choirs using the structure of Thomas Tallis'Spem im Alium, was performed by 10 choirs, almost 400 singers, at Durham Cathedral as part of Durham Vocal Festival.
Just as Tallis' music is best heard in the round, the choirs processed to encircle the audience singing from different parts of cathedral during the performance. See a sample score here
Parts 1 and 2 of The Weardale Chest, a new commission, and A Heaven Full of Stars (a setting of a text by Sarah Teasdale) performed by Weardale Choir in St. John's Chapel and Stanhope in County Durham in July and December. Youtube links for the The Weardale Chest and A Heaven Full of Stars
And some comments on these concerts:-
"Duncan's exquisite composition is ... wonderful entertainment. A delightful evening of music and song, simply perfection" (Weardale Gazette)
"It was a beautifully varied programme, every piece of which had resonance with the others... we were so glad to catch the concert, which we shall remember for a long time for its joyfulness and heart." (email from audience member)